Month: November 2016

HOW TO STOP YOUR BABY FROM CLIMBING OUT OF THE CRIB

Three separate parents in clinic yesterday brought up the problems of their young child crawling out of the crib. In all of the cases, the parents ended up moving the child to a toddler bed before the child was developmentally ready because they were appropriately worried the child would get hurt. Crawling out of the crib creates a two-fold problem. First, the child can fall and get hurt. Second, the child is up and out of the crib at all hours of the night. As many of you know, I have a nearly 2 year old. She’s cute, but...

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HEADACHES: WHEN SHOULD I WORRY?

Everyone has experienced a headache and knows how terrible they can be. As a parent, it can be tricky knowing when to worry and do something about symptoms that your child complains about. Headaches are no exception. As parents, our minds go to the worst scenario. What if I’m ignoring or minimizing my child’s complaints and my child has a brain tumor? Here are the headache basics with kids. Common headache types in kids: Migraines: Relatively common (reportedly 10% of teens experience migraines). Attack-like in nature, severe pain, and often characterized as “pounding.” Usually on one side of the head...

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UMBILICAL HERNIAS: NOT JUST AN OUTTIE BELLY BUTTON

If you’ve worried that your baby’s belly button looks a little funny and sticks out, it may be an umbilical hernia. Most belly buttons that people think are “out-ties” are in actuality hernias. What is an umbilical hernia? Technically, the umbilicus (belly button) is what’s left from where mom and baby were connected by the umbilical cord when mom was pregnant. So when baby is delivered and the cord is cut, there is a little stump left. When the remaining cord falls off, if there is a remaining out pouching or bulge at the belly button then there is...

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TEEN BIRTH CONTROL: THE TABOO TOPIC THAT NEEDS ADDRESSING

No parent wants to think about the possibility of their teen being sexually active. But the truth is, it’s happening. Kids everywhere are having sex. I practice in a very conservative part of the nation. People are very religious and promote sex after marriage. The problem is that the parental beliefs aren’t always shared by the teens and so the topic isn’t being addressed. In my practice, I usually have the parents step out of the room at the end of an adolescent well child/physical exam. It gives the teen a chance to ask questions that they may not feel...

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PARONYCHIA: FREAKY FINGERNAIL INFECTIONS CAUSED BY BITING YOUR NAILS

I showed my two eldest (who are fingernail biters/pickers, much to my dismay) this lovely picture of a patient who I saw this week. I also outlined the gory details of treating the complications that arise from biting and picking your nails. While I don’t normally employ the scare tactic (not my parenting style typically), I decided enough was enough with my nail pickers. I think they were sufficiently horrified by the time I finished talking to them. At least they may think twice before continuing their little habit (see NAIL BITING: HOW TO BREAK THE DIRTY LITTLE HABIT). This...

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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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