Monday, April 6, 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.

A common question I have received from parents is whether or not we should continue routine immunizations for children. COVID-19 is spread by close personal contact or by touching contaminated surfaces. Public health has suggested that people stay at home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  This...
In a time when the world is overwhelmed by COVID-19, it is easy to minimize or forget other common ailments affecting our respiratory systems.  One example, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children under 1 year old.  
There is a growing epidemic of childhood obesity.  The reasons for this is multifactorial, one of those factors being highly processed and high sugar foods and beverages.   An unexpected family dynamic between my parents, and Graeme and I is how we choose to feed our...
Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, our family has been watching a lot more television while we do our part in social distancing and staying at home.  For children ages 3-5, the recommended screen time is 1 hour or less per day by the Canadian...

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