Friday, July 10, 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.

When Madi two years old, I was distracted taking pictures and Madi tripped and fell on the cement. Madi's nose was bleeding and she had multiple small cuts on her nose and cheeks. I panicked but fortunately Graeme remained calm.  He picked her up and applied pressure...
Mosquito bites are an annoying part of summer.  The best way to deal with mosquitoes is to prevent them from biting in the first place.  But there are some things you can do to alleviate the itch that follows if you do get bit.  Why Are Mosquito Bites...
A frequent question I am asked about in clinic is what is normal for infant spit up.  To answer this question, physicians need to determine if the baby has normal gastroesophageal reflux (GER) or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). What is the difference between GER and...
Food allergy affects approximately 2% to 10% of the population. Studies suggest that early introduction of common allergenic solids such as eggs and peanuts, especially in high risk infants, may have a role in preventing food allergy. For infants at high risk for food allergy, it is recommended...

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