Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott


The excitement over the total solar eclipse (when the moon blocks the sun) is in the air. I don’t remember ever seeing one in my lifetime. As you’ve probably heard, the potential dangers to your eyes are real. When I told my 6 year-old daughter about the real risk (trying to instill in her the importance of not “peeking” while wearing her glasses), she started crying, “I don’t want to go blind.” Turns out, I may have overdone it a little. But there is truth to my warnings. Staring directly at the sun can cause damage to the retina...

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Because August is National Immunization Awareness month, I thought I’d address vaccines. Parents are savvy and ask great questions. Vaccine concerns are no exception. I spend a huge part of my work day discussing vaccines. These are the most common questions I get. 1. Are vaccines safe? The short answer is: yes. The longer answer is that to be completely honest, there is some risk with all vaccines. In short, the benefits outweigh the risk. In all cases, the risks from the disease are far greater than the risk from the vaccine. Just like one would say that walking on the...

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My parents didn’t really talk to me about pornography when I was a kid. They didn’t really have to, it didn’t seem like it was as prevalent back then. There were kids who had “dirty magazines” or who had watched “x-rated” movies, but it wasn’t everywhere like it is today. Because more than 90% of kids today have access to the Internet, you need to have the pornography talk with your children. It’s not a matter of “if” your child will come across pornography, it’s a matter of “when.” As a parent, I feel this overwhelming need to protect...

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Your baby is 9 months and mobile. This is the stage where you need to up your game. You turn your back for one minute and your child has crawled into some trouble. This stage is fun, but busy. Now is the time to seriously childproof your house. Safety  Car: Your child should still be in a rear-facing car seat. Depending on the brand of infant seat you have (some are designed to take a bigger child than others), this is the age when most babies are moving out of the infant seat to a convertible car seat. The...

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In my office, I regularly hear teens justify their marijuana use as “no big deal.” Every teen believes that they aren’t addicted, can stop at any moment, and it doesn’t affect them negatively. The parental responses are much more varied, anywhere from smoking with their teens to being so horrified that they want to kill their teens. With more and more states legalizing marijuana, it is a hot topic. Although it isn’t legal for use by minors, there is always a trickle down in availability to kids. So here’s the straight scoop on marijuana (scientifically speaking, keeping my own...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott

I'm a pediatrician and a mom. 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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