IT ALL BEGAN WITH BABYSITTING
With years of experience working with children -- beginning as a babysitter, progressing to a Nanny, then a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse and finally, having 3 children of her own -- there is one thing that Dr. Monroe knows for sure... children rarely get sick during business hours!
This is why she is such a strong advocate for a good relationship with a Pediatrician. Pediatricians have 24-hour call availability and will be more invested in your child should a crisis occur. Statistically during young childhood is when there are greater chances of accidents requiring hospitalization and this relationship can make the already very stressful experience easier.
Many mothers aren't in favor of antibiotics, which is the most commonly prescribed drug in childhood and many times over-prescribed. Children are brought to Dr. Monroe for alternative treatment to the common ear infection and diet changes to prevent them all together. A frequent question that she receives is "Can you do something so my child doesn't have to have tubes put in their ears?" The answer is Yes! This can be easily prevented with diet changes and isn't complicated, but takes extra dedication on the part of the parent.
Although it takes diligence on the part of the parent, many times the child learns to self regulate. Many times Dr. Monroe has heard funny stories such as, "I have to confess, it was Friday night and I was tired and tried to give my child the wrong food." But my child reminded me -- "I can't eat that Mom!" I always remind my patients that they are only human and that perfection is not required to be a patient with Dr. Monroe.
Eczema is another frequent condition that Dr. Monroe sees in her office. The traditional use of topical steroids can thin the skin and drive the condition deeper into the body, commonly resulting in asthma. These conditions are treatable and preventable with natural treatments.
Dr. Monroe welcomes working with parents and respects their observations and knowledge as they are the ones with their children. Because she acknowledges that she is limited in her time with them, she relies heavily on parental input.