Author: Dr. Monica Wonnacott

KIDS WHO REFUSE TO GO TO SCHOOL

Every parent has heard their kid say, in response to being told it’s time to get up and go to school, “my stomach hurts.” “I don’t feel good.” “I don’t want to go to school today.” “Can I just stay home today?” I’ve had a recent surge in kids who refuse to go to school in my practice. Naturally, it causes a lot of stress for parents. Does my child really have “a stomachache or headache?” Or are they just feigning illness to avoid going to school? What is a parent to do about the child who simply won’t...

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MOTRIN (IBUPROFEN) DOSING

I get a lot of questions about what are appropriate doses for Tylenol (see Tylenol dosing article) and Motrin in kids. Here’s the info. Feel free to bookmark this page, print it (and hang in your medicine cabinet) or pass it along. Medication: The medication is in the drug class called NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Motrin is the trade name. Ibuprofen is the generic name. Both work equally well. Generally, the trade name medication (Motrin) is more expensive. Age Limit: Do NOT give to infants less than 6 months of age unless specifically directed by your pediatrician to do so....

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ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL) DOSING

I get a lot of questions about what are appropriate doses for Tylenol  and Motrin (see Motrin dosing article) in kids. Here’s the info. Feel  free to bookmark this page, print it (and hang in your medicine cabinet) or pass it along. Medication: Tylenol is the trade name. Acetaminophen is the generic name. Both work equally well. Generally, the trade name medication (Tylenol) is more expensive. Age Limit: Do NOT give to infants less than 2 months of age unless specifically directed by your pediatrician to do so. The medication may mask fever which can be a sign of serious...

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VSD: A COMMON CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT

A VSD, or ventricular septal defect, is a fancy medical term to describe a hole in the heart that isn’t supposed to be there. VSDs are relatively common and are one of the top 3 causes of heart murmurs that I see in my clinic. While VSDs can be part of other/bigger heart defects, they happen as isolated defects as well. I’m going to address only the isolated problems. Isolated VSDs make up about 20% of all congenital heart defects (which is a huge percentage considering all the possible heart problems). VSDs happen in 2-7% of all live births. Where...

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BREATHING MEDS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

This time of year, I am seeing tons of kids with complaints of coughing. Not surprisingly, I am prescribing a lot more inhaled medications to help with those coughs. The trick is knowing when and what to use. Now all coughs do not need inhalers. Furthermore, inhalers are not just prescribed for kids with asthma (although that is the typical reason). Why would you use an inhaler if you don’t have asthma? Sometimes after getting a bad respiratory bug/virus, the airways in the lungs will get inflamed. This is sometimes referred to as a “post viral reactive airway disease.”...

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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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