Month: October 2017

REAL TIPS FOR TREATING A BURN

I haven’t posted an article for some time due to a burn I sustained on my hand. As is the case with most accidents, it happened when my mind momentarily left me and I instinctively reached out to grab something hot. The problem was compounded when at the moment my mind registered the crazy pain, (again, not thinking) I put my burning finger into my mouth. I then promptly burned my mouth on the still burning object stuck to my hand. While the whole experience probably only took 15 seconds before I managed to generate an intelligent plan and...

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THE SECRET TO READING WITH YOUR KIDS

I’m embarrassed to admit I wasn’t a reader growing up. Sure my mom read to me and we had books in the house, but I never developed a love for it. I read what I had to for school, but rarely picked up a novel of my own accord. Maybe because I never loved it or because I now know the scientific benefits, but I have a huge desire to have my kids become readers. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: “…reading proficiency by third grade is the most significant predictor of high school graduation and career success,...

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MACROCEPHALY: DOES YOUR KID HAVE A HUGE HEAD?

Does your kiddo have a huge noggin’, or know someone’s kid who does? While most of the time it’s just genetic and nothing to worry about, there are times that it can be a sign of a bigger problem. Macrocephaly is the medical term for a disproportionately large head. To be precise, a child is labeled as having macrocephaly if the measurement around the head (called a head circumference) is more than 2 standard deviations above the mean (roughly the 97%) for age and gender.  Sometimes you’ll hear the phrase “OFC” which stands for occipitofrontal circucumference, which is just...

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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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