Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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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THE BEST WAY TO TREAT SCARS

I had a beautiful kiddo come into my office this week after falling and splitting her forehead open. Naturally, the parents had concerns about scarring. Even though the repair went perfectly, she is going to have some amount of scarring. The question remains, what can the parents do to reduce the scar? Types of scars Keloids: Have scar tissue that extends beyond the original injury. More common in people with dark skin. Do not get better with time. Hypertrophic or pathogenic scars: Grow really fast the first 6 months (but never go beyond the original boundary of the injury)...

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HELPING KIDS UNDERSTAND DIVORCE

Divorce is hard on everyone involved, especially the children. Often, the most turbulent times for a child are the months before a divorce, when tensions are the greatest, separation occurs, and the child’s perceived world falls apart. The Catch-22 is that it is during this time when the child needs the most parenting and support and yet, the parents involved are the least able to meet and address those needs. Everyone is emotionally taxed and stressed. If you should find yourself in this unfortunate circumstance, here are some helpful pointers. How to talk to your children about divorce: Be...

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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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