Thursday, February 27, 2020

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.

Throughout my medical training, I thought putting an infant to sleep was as simple as putting them down in a bassinet or a crib. When parents approached me complaining of how difficult it was to get their infant to sleep, I would think to myself, “put them...
The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends “back to sleep for every sleep” for all infants up to 1 year of age to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).   There...
When I was a child, our television was always on.  My parents allowed my brother and I to watch television as much as we wanted.  I remember wondering why some of my friends had restrictions on how much television they could watch. As a family physician,...
Morning routines with children are hard! Waking up, eating breakfast, and getting out the door and into the car on time can be challenging and frustrating for parents and children, alike. So much so, that meltdowns, yelling, and tantrums can all be part of it. 

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Is Spanking Bad for your Child: Controversies and Childhood Outcomes

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Postpartum Depression: Are the “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression the Same Thing?

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Guest Post: How To Survive The Stress Of The Christmas Season

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Am I at Risk of Gestational Diabetes? How to Prevent Gestational Diabetes in Pregnancy?

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Guest post: The Abdominal Wall Muscles and Pregnancy: How are They Affected?

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Myths About Speech Delay in Children

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Cold Winters, Dry and Cracked Skin? How to Conquer Dry Skin in Children and Eczema

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How Common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Why is it Important to Treat?

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Vaccines and Autism: The Real Truth About Fake News

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