Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

PUMPING TIPS FOR THE WORKING MOM

A breast pump is a working, lactating woman’s best friend. Like your cell phone, you simply don’t leave home without it. One morning with my last baby, I was in a rush to feed the baby, get ready, get kids dropped off to school, and make it on time to work. I got to clinic and realized I had forgotten my pump. I was filled with dread. Going home would put me way behind (and running behind drives me crazy), but the prospect of not pumping all day is like being told you can’t go to the bathroom all...

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CLOGGED TEAR DUCTS: A COMMON CAUSE OF GOOPY EYES IN NEWBORNS

I woke up this morning to find my baby’s left eye gooped shut. I probably would have been tempted to take her in thinking it was pink eye or something serious, but I’ve seen this a million times in clinic. It was a simple case of “nasolacrimal duct stenosis” (a.k.a., a clogged tear duct). I figured that if we’re dealing with it, so are other parents of newborns. Hopefully I can save you an unnecessary trip to the doctor’s office. What is nasolacrimal duct stenosis? The nasolacrimal duct is the drain that runs from inner corner of the eye to...

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NEWBORN TIPS: SKIN CARE

As many of you know, I had another baby this past week. Despite having done this a few times, I am reminded of all the quirky nuances of caring for a newborn. So, I’ve decided to share a series of quick tips on caring for newborns (seeing as how I have a cute example at home). Last night, I was sitting at the dinner table with family and asked my husband if he wanted to bathe the 3 year old or the new baby. He quickly answered the 3 year old and, pointing to the newborn, stated, “She needs too many creams and...

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GET READY, SET, BABY TIME!

I haven’t posted in a while because I’m in full baby prep mode. We’re on the count down at our house, 2.5 weeks (at the most) before baby #4 arrives. As I have been trying to fit patients in at work before maternity leave, prep for Christmas, and get everything together for a new baby, I realized that having done this before (and at this crazy time of year) really helps. If it’s your first time (or it’s been a while), here are a few tips: What to buy? FOR MOM After you deliver, you may want to have...

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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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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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