Month: December 2016

WATER: HOW MUCH SHOULD MY CHILD DRINK?

How much water a child should drink can be a little tricky. Unlike an adult, children don’t have the same sorts of reserves, and many factors play into what they need. If you live in a really hot climate or your child is very active, he or she may need more water, etc. Adult water needs are simple The quick and dirty calculation done for adults, doesn’t apply to kids. FYI, the calculation is to take your weight (in lbs.) and divide it in half to get the number of ounces a day. So 150 lb. person would need roughly...

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IS MY CHILD CONTAGIOUS?

We are in full sick mode at my office these days. Most of the visits are reserved for same day sick visits and by 9 a.m., the slots are usually full. The number one question I got in clinic today was, “Is my child contagious?” With family parties and Christmas around the corner, everyone wants to know if they need to stay home. Signs and Symptoms that indicate your child has a contagious bug/virus. Cough. Especially during the first few days of the cough. That is the time of most viral shedding and when the cough tends to be...

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DECIPHERING WHAT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN TO CHOOSE

It’s that time of year: Open enrollment. For many companies, it’s the small window of time you have to decide which health insurance plan you’re going to choose. It’s also the last day to enroll for January 2017 on the health exchange (the famed “Obamacare,” a.k.a. government plans). I find the whole process of choosing and signing up to be difficult, frustrating, and very time consuming. I figured if I, given my job experience, find it difficult to decide, then others are likely experiencing the same thing. I find myself calculating out the premium differences vs. the deductibles and trying...

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GENERIC VS. NAME BRAND MEDICINE: IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA COST?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m inherently frugal. “Sale” is one of my favorite words. If there’s a less expensive alternative, I’m usually all about. But when it comes to medications, do you “get what you pay for?” The short answer is no. (For the record, I have NO financial relationships with any drug companies). Here’s the explanation: A drug by any other name… All drugs have 2 names: a trade name and a generic/scientific name. The two names exist regardless of whether a generic equivalent is available yet for purchase. Many of the generic/scientific names have similar...

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MONO: NOT JUST FOR KISSING TEENAGERS

Everyone has heard of mono, short for mononucleosis, but there is a lot that is misunderstood about it. I have seen 4 kids in the last couple of weeks with mono, so it seems to be making a little bit of local resurgence. What is mono? Mono is short for mononucleosis. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) which is in the Herpes virus family. Like other herpes viruses once you get it, you have it for life. It isn’t always active though, it stays in the body latent (just hanging out doing nothing) and can be reactivated....

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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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