Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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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AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING BLOOD WORK: THE CBC

If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “all the (standard) ‘blood work’ was normal,” you’ve maybe wondered what that is supposed to mean? While there are innumerable blood tests that can be done/ordered, there are a few tests that are done much more commonly than others. Among these is the CBC, or complete blood count. In my practice (and I would venture to guess that I’m not unique), the CBC is the one blood test that gets ordered more than any other test. It is the one blood test that, as a parent, is worth knowing. What is a CBC?...

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SOLAR ECLIPSE EYE WARNINGS

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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TOP 10 QUESTIONS PARENTS ASK ABOUT VACCINES

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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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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