Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

How to Prevent Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes (keep in mind that most of those numbers are adults with Type 2 diabetes). With the aging and fattening of America, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled in the last 20 years. In my own practice, it used to be a rare that I would see an overweight child with Type 2 diabetes (classically, an adult problem). I am now seeing quite a few overweight teens (I had a 9-year-old the other day),...

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ANSWERING THE QUESTION, “WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM?”

Every parent pauses when they hear the big matzoh ball question, “Where do babies come from?” I am about to delivery our fourth baby and so all things “baby” have been part the regular conversation at our house. Naturally, how you answer each of these questions is entirely related to the age and maturity of the child asking the question. Overall tips: Be short and direct. Avoid the big long explanation at first. Don’t be afraid to fish for what your child is looking for answer-wise. The child may be content with a short answer and enable you to...

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REAL TIPS FOR TREATING A BURN

I haven’t posted an article for some time due to a burn I sustained on my hand. As is the case with most accidents, it happened when my mind momentarily left me and I instinctively reached out to grab something hot. The problem was compounded when at the moment my mind registered the crazy pain, (again, not thinking) I put my burning finger into my mouth. I then promptly burned my mouth on the still burning object stuck to my hand. While the whole experience probably only took 15 seconds before I managed to generate an intelligent plan and...

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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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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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