Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

LITTLE LEAGUER’S ELBOW: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOUR CHILD PITCHES IN BASEBALL

In an era where kids are specializing in sports at a young age and engaging in early competitive leagues, we are starting to see more and more sport-specific injuries at a young age. Little Leaguer’s elbow is just one of these injuries. What is Little Leaguer’s elbow? Little Leaguer’s elbow is an overuse injury that typically happens in young boys who do a lot of pitching in baseball. The arm motion in pitching causes repetitive stress on the on the part of the bones in the elbow that aren’t done growing (the growth plates that aren’t closed). The medical...

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WHAT CAUSES CRACKS IN THE CORNERS OF YOUR MOUTH?

If you or your child have ever experienced the painful, red, cracks or splits in the corners of your mouth, then you know how miserable it can be. Some kids are plagued by it. There are a number of different medical terms for it, including angular cheilitis, angular stomatitis, or perleche. How do I know my child has angular cheilits vs. cold sores (or something else)? While it seems straight forward that angular cheilitis is just cracking in the corners of mouth, it can be a little trickier to diagnose, especially if the case is severe. Typically it starts...

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THE THREE EASY STEPS TO CALCULATE HOW TALL YOUR CHILD WILL BE

In a society full of supermodels and athletic superstars, every parent wants to know how tall their child is going to be. It’s not nearly as mystical or complicated as one might think. There is a simple scientific formula used to calculate a child’s genetic growth potential. What is “genetic growth potential?” A child’s genetic growth potential simply means that if you take into account both parents, what is the child’s likelihood of growing to a certain size. It’s quite intuitive. Short parents have short kids. Tall parents have tall kids. If a child is significantly above or below...

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HOW TO PREVENT SIDS

Every parent has heard of SIDS and has an appropriate fear of SIDS. The only way to mitigate the fear is to ensure that as a parent, you’ve done everything you can to prevent it. What is SIDS? SIDS is an acronym for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. By definition, the death of an infant less than 1 year old can only be classified as SIDS if there is no explainable reason for the death (including a thorough investigation into the details surrounding the death and an autopsy performed). SIDS is the third leading cause of death in infants (first is congenital...

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DON’T BE VICTIM TO MEDICATION MISTAKES

Everyone makes mistakes. The problem with medicine is that the mistakes can be potentially really harmful. As a parent, you just expect that your doctor never makes a mistake when prescribing medications for your child. But the truth is, it happens. The problem is that you’re stuck trusting that your doctor did it right. So here’s some insider’s tips into helping you double check your doctor. (If you think something may be off, don’t be afraid to speak up. Doctors aren’t trying to make mistakes, but it’s easy to get distracted and dosing medications for kids can be tricky)....

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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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