May is mental health awareness month. It seemed only appropriate to address depression. As a parent, it can be hard to acknowledge that your kid may have depression. After all, they are a kid; they don’t have anything to be stressed about, right? The thing is, all depression isn’t situational (parental divorce, death of a siblings, etc.). Many kids who apparently ‘have it all’ are still depressed. Increasing your awareness could potentially save your child’s life one day. What is depression? The Mayo clinic has one of the most concise definitions of depression that I’ve seen. Their definition states:...Read More
Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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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