Springtime is here and so are spring sports. As young athletes embark on increasing training regimens, especially more running, some will experience shin splints. If you’ve ever suffered from shin splints, you know just how miserable they can be. What are shin splints? The official medical term is medial tibial stress syndrome. (We like these fancy names, it makes us feel smart.) Shin splints are pain that happens along the shins (the flat bone on the front of the lower leg). In short, shin splints are an overuse injury. The phrase shin splint is essentially a catch-all phrase that encompasses...Read More
Month: March 2017
Parents often come into my office with concerns about their children’s behavior. As I delve into the details, there are often key aspects of the school day that the parents simply don’t know. It often surprises parents when my advice is to arrange times to volunteer in their children’s classroom. It is amazing what you can learn by spending some regular time in the classroom. The more opportunities you can volunteer during regular activities (not just class parties), the more insightful the experience will be. Seeing firsthand may add insight into why kids act the way they do How...Read More
A tonsillectomy, the surgery to remove tonsils, is one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. It’s no wonder parents often wonder if their child should have his or her tonsils out. While it is a very common surgery, one should be careful not to take it lightly. There are risks and complications, so we want to take care to ensure every child who undergoes the procedure really needs it. Who should get tonsils out? There is a panel of experts that look at all the scientific evidence to determine guidelines. In this case it is...Read More
Have you ever noticed little white, hard balls that appear to be stuck in your kid’s tonsils? I’m not talking the white coating/pus that happens when your kid is sick. Usually, the child doesn’t appear ill and it’s something you just happen to notice. If you have, you may be dealing with tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones are relatively uncommon in children, but fairly common in teens and adults. While tonsil stones are generally considered a benign condition, they can be a nuisance. What are tonsil stones exactly? The tonsils are the pink, balls of lymphoid tissue that...Read More
A colleague recently told me that he thought there was no such thing as an accident, that everything is preventable in some way or another (e.g., the drunk could have been prevented from driving, the pool could have been covered, the rough housing game stopped before someone got hurt). While I’m not sure I entirely agree with his stance, I can certainly see his point that many accidents can be prevented. Short of putting your kids in a bubble suit, there are a many hazards that are easily addressed. Here are the top five causes of accidental home injuries....Read More
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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