Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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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DO YOUR KIDS SUFFER FROM TRAVEL BOWEL?

Many people suffer from bowel upset when they travel (constipation and/or diarrhea). When you travel, you eat different foods at different times. It can throw your GI system into a mess. We recently went on a family vacation. After a long day of travel, my two year-old acted like she needed to go poop. She found a corner to poop in (her M.O. these days) and after turning bright red (obviously straining), she started to scream hysterically. I took a look in her diaper and it was full of blood (no poop). I felt so bad for her. Even...

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TIPS FOR FLYING WITH AN INFANT

I was recently on a long flight, late at night. The infant in arms 2 rows ahead of me, cried for the whole first hour straight. I seriously debated whether or not to go up and offer to help, but ultimately decided it would just make that poor mom who was already trying her best, just feel bad. Gratefully, the baby finally got so tired she fell asleep. Anyone who has ever had to fly with an infant can empathize with the fear of the baby crying on the flight. Here are a few tips to help make airline...

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5 THINGS NEWBORNS DO THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT

I had the privilege of seeing 5 newborns in clinic yesterday. As I found myself repeatedly talking about some of the quirky, lesser known, normal activities of newborns, I realized that there are things parents didn’t warn each other about. These are all NORMAL things in the newborn stage. Skin peeling. Babies have been swimming in “water” for 9 months. Being in so much fluid for so long, will make the skin peel in the first couple of weeks. Treat it by using a good, thick, hypoallergenic lotion a couple of times a day until it stops. Twitchy movements....

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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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