Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

HOW TO HELP THE CHILD LEFT OUT AT RECESS

Not too long ago, we were sitting at family dinner when my 6-year-old informed me that she had to sit on the “friend bench” at recess. Upon further questioning, I discovered “the friend bench” was the kindergarten teacher’s clever way of helping kids recognize and include other kids who were being left out and needed a friend to play with. My kid sat on the bench by herself. I was heart-broken. I had volunteered in her classroom a lot. She had lots of friends at school and in her class. I had to figure out what was going on. If...

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HELP, WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY CHILD’S MASTURBATING?

The taboo topic of masturbating comes up surprisingly often in my office. Parents are afraid to talk about it, but are concerned that their child is doing it. The ultimate question is what do I do about it? What is masturbating? Masturbating is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is a normal part of development in childhood and not a sign of sexual deviation. It is very common, even at a very young age. What is normal? Young kids Kids, as young as a few months old, discover that masturbating feels good and engage in the behavior. It may take...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE FRIENDS

One sure-fire way to rip your parental heart out is to find that your kid has no friends at school or is being left out. As parents, we all want to help our kids. The problem is, we can’t navigate the social nuances of the playground or party invitation list. While you can’t do everything, there certainly are some things you can do to help. The approach is a little different depending on the age of your child. Young children (1-3 years): When children are very young, you can have the most influence. In these early years, none of...

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ARE YOUR KID’S FEARS NORMAL OR IRRATIONAL?

I was a worrier as a kid. I was sure my dad, who traveled a lot, was going to die in a plane crash. I thought the night stalker I heard about on the news was going to climb into my room at night and kill me. The funny thing is, I never told my parents about any of my worries. How I handled it was tragic because I’m sure my parents would have helped assuage some of my fears.  As a parent, have you ever wondered if your child’s fears are normal? How common are fears? Fears are...

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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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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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