Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

STAGES: 9 MONTHS

Your baby is 9 months and mobile. This is the stage where you need to up your game. You turn your back for one minute and your child has crawled into some trouble. This stage is fun, but busy. Now is the time to seriously childproof your house. Safety  Car: Your child should still be in a rear-facing car seat. Depending on the brand of infant seat you have (some are designed to take a bigger child than others), this is the age when most babies are moving out of the infant seat to a convertible car seat. The...

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THE REAL DANGERS OF MARIJUANA

In my office, I regularly hear teens justify their marijuana use as “no big deal.” Every teen believes that they aren’t addicted, can stop at any moment, and it doesn’t affect them negatively. The parental responses are much more varied, anywhere from smoking with their teens to being so horrified that they want to kill their teens. With more and more states legalizing marijuana, it is a hot topic. Although it isn’t legal for use by minors, there is always a trickle down in availability to kids. So here’s the straight scoop on marijuana (scientifically speaking, keeping my own...

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HOW TO HELP THE CHILD LEFT OUT AT RECESS

Not too long ago, we were sitting at family dinner when my 6-year-old informed me that she had to sit on the “friend bench” at recess. Upon further questioning, I discovered “the friend bench” was the kindergarten teacher’s clever way of helping kids recognize and include other kids who were being left out and needed a friend to play with. My kid sat on the bench by herself. I was heart-broken. I had volunteered in her classroom a lot. She had lots of friends at school and in her class. I had to figure out what was going on. If...

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HELP, WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY CHILD’S MASTURBATING?

The taboo topic of masturbating comes up surprisingly often in my office. Parents are afraid to talk about it, but are concerned that their child is doing it. The ultimate question is what do I do about it? What is masturbating? Masturbating is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is a normal part of development in childhood and not a sign of sexual deviation. It is very common, even at a very young age. What is normal? Young kids Kids, as young as a few months old, discover that masturbating feels good and engage in the behavior. It may take...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD MAKE FRIENDS

One sure-fire way to rip your parental heart out is to find that your kid has no friends at school or is being left out. As parents, we all want to help our kids. The problem is, we can’t navigate the social nuances of the playground or party invitation list. While you can’t do everything, there certainly are some things you can do to help. The approach is a little different depending on the age of your child. Young children (1-3 years): When children are very young, you can have the most influence. In these early years, none of...

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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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