Month: October 2016

CANDY, CANDY, CANDY! WHAT TO DO WITH HALLOWEEN CANDY

I love candy. I loved it as a kid and still do. It’s my nutritional Achilles heel. But it’s not good for you or your kids. The problem is that there is an entire holiday surrounding it and what to do with it. So what should you do? My advice, come up with a plan. Know the recommendations, know the risks, then decide what’s best for you and your family. Official recommendations on how much sugar The American Heart Association (with the AAP supporting the guidelines) says that children should not have more than 6 teaspoons (25 gms) of...

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RISKY SOCIAL MEDIA PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

It’s not a secret that I’ve been slow to the social media party, but some disturbing trends I’m seeing in my office are motivating me to quickly become better informed. Recently, I’ve had a number of patients who are engaging in risky behaviors and/or self-harm introduced to them by others on social media. Teens are connecting with other teens on social media and “teaching” each other about trying things like cutting, smoking (vape, ecigs., etc.), methods of suicide, etc. I’ll ask a teen who is cutting (the self-harm act), where did you hear about cutting, and often the answer is...

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MY COOL TRICK TO SEEING A KID’S THROAT

Everybody hates having the dreaded tongue depressor down their throat when the doctor is trying to take a look. I have kids flinch and cry at the mere sight of the stick. I have a great trick for being able to see the back of your child’s throat without having to use the tongue depressor. It works for children 2-2 ½ or older (the child needs to be able to follow instructions). Steps for seeing in the throat: Have the child sit at your eye level. Be ready with a light to shine in the mouth. Have your child stick...

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KERATOSIS PILARIS: SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS THIS SKIN PROBLEM

Keratosis pilaris is something I see in clinic multiple times every day. Depending on the scientific source, the rates are quoted at 20-80% of the population having it (35-50% are the most commonly quoted numbers). That’s crazy common! Here’s the scoop on it, so that the next time someone mentions the pesky little bumps, you can brilliantly add to the insight on the condition. What is Keratosis Pilaris? Keratosis pilaris is a condition that causes small, hard bumps on the skin. The bumps can be flesh colored, light colored, or slightly red in color. They often resemble tiny zits....

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IT’S NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK

Did you know that there is a National Teen Driver Safety Week? I didn’t realize it until I was reading through my AAP news this month and it was mentioned.  In 2007, congress designated the third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week to raise awareness of safe teen driving. Car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death in teens aged 15-19. That’s tragic. The first few months after getting their license are the most dangerous for teenage drivers. It makes sense. It’s when teens are the most inexperienced.  Additionally, the late teen years...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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