Month: November 2016

HOW TO STOP YOUR KID FROM GETTING POOP EVERYWHERE

My nearly 2 year old has discovered her poop. It’s disgusting. I walked into her room the other day to get her out of the crib after her nap only to discover feces smeared everywhere. She had completely disrobed and painted the poop all over the crib. After vomiting in my mouth, I vowed to put an end to it. The problem is that she kept outsmarting me. My daughter was reaching in her diaper from the top, so I put a onesie on her. That worked for a day until she discovered she could reach into the side of...

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ANAL FISSURES: A COMMON CAUSE OF BLOODY STOOLS

Everyone knows that bloody stools are not normal and a cause of concern. However, one common cause, anal fissures, may be something you can diagnose on your own and not require medical intervention. As miserable as anal fissures are, they are the lesser of the evils when it comes to causes of bloody stools. What are anal fissures? An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the skin surrounding the anus (the actual hole in the butt). If deep or big enough, anal fissures can have bleeding with them. How can I tell if my child has...

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BELLY BUTTONS: WHAT’S NORMAL AND WHAT’S NOT

When you have a baby, you’re faced with the question of the umbilical cord. What’s normal? What’s not? When do I worry? After years of having parents try to describe what the belly button looks like over the phone, I decided to compile some pictorial examples. When the baby is first born, a clamp is placed and the cord is cut. The cord has a sort of wet, gelatinous feel and appearance to it. It soon starts to dry up and shrivel a bit. When you take your baby home, the cord will look like this. Normal newborn umbilical cord You...

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THE BENEFITS OF OVEREATING AT THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving. While overeating is not generally accepted by the medical community as healthy, I think there are times when exceptions to a rule MUST be made, and Thanksgiving is one of those days. For those of you who know me, I am really good at justifying my actions. So naturally, I came up with my top 10 reasons that overeating on Thanksgiving is beneficial. (Don’t quote me on any of this. I’ll strongly deny it.) Top 10 benefits to over eating at Thanksgiving You don’t want to offend the cook. Become your own self-contained food storage plan. Thanksgiving is a...

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WHEEZING THAT IS NOT ASTHMA

Cough and cold season is officially upon us, and I am starting to see lots of kids who are wheezing. Now everyone knows that people with asthma can have wheezing, but not all that wheezes is asthma. There are plenty of other reasons that kids have wheezing, so be careful not to jump to premature conclusions (a.k.a., don’t freak out that your child has asthma just because your pediatrician says that your child is wheezing for the first time). What is wheezing? Wheezing is an abnormal breath sound. It is characterized by a high pitched whistling sort of sound. The...

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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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