Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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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NEW SCIENCE SAYS FEED NUTS TO YOUR BABY

New discoveries and scientific breakthroughs happen every day. Huge changes in the recommendations about when to introduce nuts to children have just come down the pipeline. With peanut allergies affecting 1-3% of all children, anything we could do to help prevent them would be monumental in improving quality of life. Not that long ago, parents were instructed to delay introducing nuts (and foods that contain nuts) to infants until they were much older in an effort to reduce the number of kids who developed nut allergies. This is a hot topic because the number of kids who have developed...

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FOR VALENTINE’S DAY: WHAT THE HEART SAYS

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s what two of my young patients shared about what their hearts had to say this past week. 3 year-old: During one 3 year-old well child check, I was listening to the patient’s chest with my stethoscope. I told her to take big breaths while I listened to her lungs. After listening to her lungs, I told her I was going to listen to her heart. She promptly informed me, “My heart doesn’t know what you’re saying.” And why would it? It doesn’t have ears after all. 4 year-old: After listening to the heart...

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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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