Friday, December 13, 2019

Life of Dr. Mom is a health and medical mom blog designed for the modern parent whom struggles with balancing family, work, and fun. With her experience working in women health, postnatal care, mental health, and Pediatrics, Dr. Mom works to educate the modern mom with the most relevant up-to-date medical evidence to support families and the healthy development of their children.

From the day George was born, the moments I cherish most are when he looks at me. In my opinion I think George started to recognize me from day 2 and explored my face. However, I do remember having heard that newborns have very poor vision. So...
Every year in December when the first signs of Christmas arise, the minds of many people fill with excitement, warmth and anticipation.  Daydreams about festive activities, recipes to try, decorating, new family traditions, connecting with loved ones, & smiles.  Images of family opening gifts with appreciation around the tree...
Male circumcision is defined as the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the retractable roll of skin the covers the end of the penis (glans). There are many factors that influence a parent’s decision to circumcise their infant including the father’s circumcision...
Preparing for your child’s first eye exam Many parents schedule their child’s first eye exam when they notice changes in their behaviors like squinting and holding items too close. However, a wide variety of eye related issues common in children aren’t always obvious and...

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Mom Guilt and Self-Care

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What can I do about my anxiety?

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Baby sleep – Is Sleep Training Bad For My Baby?

When I went through my medical training I thought putting your baby to sleep was as simple as putting your baby in the bassinet...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has...

Screen Time Paradigm

Growing up, my parents let my brother and me watch unlimited amounts of TV. I remember growing up not understanding why other children had...

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How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosed?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, “ADHD” (also formerly known as “ADD”), is one of the most common mental health disorders of childhood, that consists of...

Sleep training: How to sleep train a toddler

There are many methods of how to sleep train a toddler to the point that it can sometimes be overwhelming. ...

Helping your child learn to read will help with language development and academic abilities

Child development of language and literacy abilities (the ability to talk, read and write) occurs in stages over time.  It includes developing oral language, reading...

Placentophagy (Consuming your placenta postpartum)

There is a growing trend for new mothers to encapsulate and consume their placenta postpartum, called placentophagy. I did NOT consume placenta...

Pregnancy and Conceiving: What are the Causes of Infertility

Before medical school I thought I was going to have all of my children before the age of 30. Then real life happened. Studying,...

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): What is the difference between them and how do they work?

Many women consider intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of birth control both before having a baby, and after.  This is because the IUD is...

How Much Sleep Does my Baby Need? How Much Sleep Do Teens Need?

I have received hundreds of messages and emails from mama’s out there asking me about sleep training!  As a family doctor, I often get...

Constipation and Pregnancy

Constipation in Pregnancy Constipation is yet another uncomfortable symptom that is very common in pregnancy. We...

Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen: What to know when treating your child with fever or pain.

One of the most common medications I get asked about by patients are about acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil). How do I...

Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Prep time: 3 min Cook time: 10 min Ingredients: 2 cups of Brussel sprouts - about...

The Importance of Vitamin D in Infants

When I was going through medical school I was told that babies need vitamin D supplementation for healthy bone development. Breast milk does not...

Artificial Sweeteners in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Low or no calorie sweeteners are common.  They are present in soft drinks and many other foods to replace sugar and other high...

Guest Post: Gum Disease and Premature Birth – Why Dental Care Matters During Your Pregnancy

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Tips for children with speech and language delay

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a playground and we met a little girl who was 16 months old....

Breastfeeding Frequency and Routine

The frequency of breastfeeding varies from mother to mother, and depends on multiple factors including milk supply, milk extraction abilities of the...

Travelling with Toddlers: What to bring when flying with a toddler

For the past 5 months, Madi and I have been commuting back and forth from Atlanta, Georgia to Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).  Dining, shopping, or...

Sleep Training Baby: what to do and how?

Sleep training baby is tough! As a physician I tell patient’s that it is safe to sleep train starting at 4-6 months as long...

What medicines are safe to give a child when they have a cold?

What medicines are safe to give my child when they have a cold? How can I help my child when they have...

Diaper Rash

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Four Sleep Tools You Can Start With Your 3 Month Old Baby to Sleep Better and be Less Sleep Deprived

If there is one thing new parents talk about a lot, its sleep and their newly born baby. How is my newborn...

3 month old Baby Developmental Milestones

I vividly remember when Madi was 3 months old, it felt like just last week! At that time I felt like she...