Month: December 2016

HOW’D THAT GET UP THERE?

The funny story this week came from a delightful 5 year-old during her routine well-child check. While examining her, I discovered a bright green foreign object lodged high up in her nose. Dr. Wonnacott: “What’s that up your nose?” 5 year-old: Gives a quizzical look as if to say “Nose? What nose?” After failed attempts to blow out the object, I finally reached in with a forceps and pulled it out. It was a large, green, craft pom-pom. I held the object in the forceps up right in front of her, so she could see. Dad: “Why did you put that...

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IS YOUR CHILD AT RISK FOR BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY?

Have you ever seen a small child with rows of capped teeth and wondered what happened? It is usually the result of “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle rot.” The term is a little bit misleading, because it can happen even if a child isn’t on a bottle. The most medically correct term is “Early Childhood Caries.” Baby bottle tooth decay happens with the teeth have frequent and long-term exposure to liquids that contain sugars (milk, formula, juice, soda, and other sweetened drinks). It doesn’t really matter if the liquid comes from a breast, bottle, or sippy cup. It’s...

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CONGENITAL OR INFANTILE NYSTAGMUS: THE PROBLEM OF DANCING OR WIGGLING EYES

Have you ever seen an infant whose eyes appear to dance or wiggle uncontrollably? The condition is called congenital nystagmus, or more accurately “infantile nystagmus.” Congenital means you are born with something, and technically speaking, this kind of nystagmus can appear anytime in the first few weeks-to-months after birth. So, it is referred to as infantile nystagmus. There are different types and causes of nystagmus. I’m generally addressing the infantile form here, but for the sake of completion, note that other conditions (e.g., metabolic disorders , stroke, trauma,  tumors, etc.) can also cause nystagmus. Visual problems Nystagmus causes problems...

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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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