Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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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HOW TO PREVENT SIDS

Every parent has heard of SIDS and has an appropriate fear of SIDS. The only way to mitigate the fear is to ensure that as a parent, you’ve done everything you can to prevent it. What is SIDS? SIDS is an acronym for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. By definition, the death of an infant less than 1 year old can only be classified as SIDS if there is no explainable reason for the death (including a thorough investigation into the details surrounding the death and an autopsy performed). SIDS is the third leading cause of death in infants (first is congenital...

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DON’T BE VICTIM TO MEDICATION MISTAKES

Everyone makes mistakes. The problem with medicine is that the mistakes can be potentially really harmful. As a parent, you just expect that your doctor never makes a mistake when prescribing medications for your child. But the truth is, it happens. The problem is that you’re stuck trusting that your doctor did it right. So here’s some insider’s tips into helping you double check your doctor. (If you think something may be off, don’t be afraid to speak up. Doctors aren’t trying to make mistakes, but it’s easy to get distracted and dosing medications for kids can be tricky)....

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT SHIN SPLINTS

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...

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SURPRISES YOU’LL LEARN FROM VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM

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...

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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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