Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

TIPS FOR STOPPING CANKER SORES

If you or your children are among the 1 in 4 people who suffer from canker sores, then read on. Canker sores are miserable and considered one of the most common mouth sores. They first present in childhood, then plague people with a 50% recurrence rate (within 3 months). What are canker sores? The official medical term for canker sores is aphthous ulcers or aphthous stomatitis (we love these fancy medical terms, they make us feel smart). The sores (can be one or many at a time) are generally small, round/oval, with a yellow or pale floor and surrounding...

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DEPRESSION: THE WARNING SIGNS

May is mental health awareness month. It seemed only appropriate to address depression. As a parent, it can be hard to acknowledge that your kid may have depression. After all, they are a kid; they don’t have anything to be stressed about, right? The thing is, all depression isn’t situational (parental divorce, death of a siblings, etc.). Many kids who apparently ‘have it all’ are still depressed. Increasing your awareness could potentially save your child’s life one day. What is depression? The Mayo clinic has one of the most concise definitions of depression that I’ve seen. Their definition states:...

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LITTLE LEAGUER’S ELBOW: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOUR CHILD PITCHES IN BASEBALL

In an era where kids are specializing in sports at a young age and engaging in early competitive leagues, we are starting to see more and more sport-specific injuries at a young age. Little Leaguer’s elbow is just one of these injuries. What is Little Leaguer’s elbow? Little Leaguer’s elbow is an overuse injury that typically happens in young boys who do a lot of pitching in baseball. The arm motion in pitching causes repetitive stress on the on the part of the bones in the elbow that aren’t done growing (the growth plates that aren’t closed). The medical...

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WHAT CAUSES CRACKS IN THE CORNERS OF YOUR MOUTH?

If you or your child have ever experienced the painful, red, cracks or splits in the corners of your mouth, then you know how miserable it can be. Some kids are plagued by it. There are a number of different medical terms for it, including angular cheilitis, angular stomatitis, or perleche. How do I know my child has angular cheilits vs. cold sores (or something else)? While it seems straight forward that angular cheilitis is just cracking in the corners of mouth, it can be a little trickier to diagnose, especially if the case is severe. Typically it starts...

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THE THREE EASY STEPS TO CALCULATE HOW TALL YOUR CHILD WILL BE

In a society full of supermodels and athletic superstars, every parent wants to know how tall their child is going to be. It’s not nearly as mystical or complicated as one might think. There is a simple scientific formula used to calculate a child’s genetic growth potential. What is “genetic growth potential?” A child’s genetic growth potential simply means that if you take into account both parents, what is the child’s likelihood of growing to a certain size. It’s quite intuitive. Short parents have short kids. Tall parents have tall kids. If a child is significantly above or below...

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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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