Month: March 2018

DO YOU KNOW THESE 5 MEDICAL MYTHS?

Every day, moms ask me to verify whether something they’ve heard is actually the truth. These are the myths I’m asked about most often: Myth 1: Don’t pick up a crying baby right away, you’ll spoil them. Fact: You can’t spoil a baby younger than 4 months. When a baby cries, it is his/her way of communicating with you. Establish trust by addressing the child’s needs immediately. Babies who have mothers that attend to them quicker tend to be less fussy than the mothers who let them cry.  Myth 2: Putting moisturizer on dry skin (or eczema) makes the...

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HAIR TOURNIQUET: THE REASON FOR YOUR EXTREMELY FUSSY BABY

A hair tourniquet happens when a piece of hair (usually from mom’s long hair) or a thread from fabric wraps around part of the baby (like a finger) and cuts off the blood supply. Hair tourniquets are a relatively common causes of extreme fussiness in babies. The most common scenario is one where a baby becomes suddenly and inconsolably fussy for no apparent reason. The parent will try feeding the baby, rocking the baby, and simply can’t get the baby to settle down. After a time, the parent discovers the problem: a hair tourniquet. How do I know if...

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NEUTROPENIA: ONE REASON YOUR KID MAY BE SICK ALL THE TIME

If your child is frequently ill, it may be due to a condition called neutropenia. Neutropenia is when your body doesn’t have enough of a certain type of blood cell that helps fight infection. The 30 second science lesson… In the blood, there are different kinds of cells, including white blood cells. The white blood cells are the ones that help fight infection, essentially the body’s defense. When you get sick, the number of white cells goes up, trying to defend the body. Within the broad term of white blood cells, there are different subtypes of cells. One of...

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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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