Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

SHOULD I HAVE MY CHILD’S TONSILS REMOVED?

A tonsillectomy, the surgery to remove tonsils, is one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. It’s no wonder parents often wonder if their child should have his or her tonsils out. While it is a very common surgery, one should be careful not to take it lightly. There are risks and complications, so we want to take care to ensure every child who undergoes the procedure really needs it. Who should get tonsils out? There is a panel of experts that look at all the scientific evidence to determine guidelines. In this case it is...

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DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE TONSIL STONES?

Have you ever noticed little white, hard balls that appear to be stuck in your kid’s tonsils? I’m not talking the white coating/pus that happens when your kid is sick. Usually, the child doesn’t appear ill and it’s something you just happen to notice. If you have, you may be dealing with tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones are relatively uncommon in children, but fairly common in teens and adults. While tonsil stones are generally considered a benign condition, they can be a nuisance. What are tonsil stones exactly? The tonsils are the pink, balls of lymphoid tissue that...

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IS YOUR HOUSE SAFE? THE TOP FIVE HOME HAZARDS

A colleague recently told me that he thought there was no such thing as an accident, that everything is preventable in some way or another (e.g., the drunk could have been prevented from driving, the pool could have been covered, the rough housing game stopped before someone got hurt). While I’m not sure I entirely agree with his stance, I can certainly see his point that many accidents can be prevented. Short of putting your kids in a bubble suit, there are a many hazards that are easily addressed. Here are the top five causes of accidental home injuries....

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STAGES: 12 MONTHS

One year is huge milestone. There’s usually a big party, a face full of cake, lots of pictures, and it’s well deserved. You’ve all come a long way. As you look back at the first year and all of your baby’s “firsts,” it seems like it’s all gone by in a blink. You can hardly remember a time when your baby wasn’t in your life. Life is complete. Safety  Car: Use a convertible car seat (rather than an infant car seat) in the back seat of the vehicle, rear-facing. Important Note: As of 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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HOW DO I KNOW IF A CUT NEEDS STITCHES?

One of the most common questions I get is, “Does this need stitches?” Here are a few tips that might help. (Note: When I say “stitches,” that simply means the wound needs closure by a doctor — see types of closures below).  Wounds that need stitches are: Gaping open. If a wound is in a high tension area (think body areas that bend, pull, or move a lot) it is not likely to heal up on its own very well. Also, if the wound is quite deep, the edges will pull apart and need to be stitched closed. Deep. Wounds...

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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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