Saturday, January 18, 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.

Cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a relatively common skin condition that can affect infants between the ages of 2 weeks to 12 months.  It occurs most commonly within the first 3 months of life.   What Does Cradle Cap Look Like? Infants will have thick...
Having an infant with a cold can be distressing for parents.   Cough, congestion, and sore throats can affect their sleep, their eating habits, and they may be more irritable.   Parents often bring their babies and young children into my office asking what they can do...
Madi did not have a tongue-tie and I struggled with breastfeeding her. George had a mild tongue-tie and I found it easier to get him to latch on during feeds, but found feeding him more painful. Does tongue-ties in infants make it more difficult to breastfeed and/or...
Biting is a common phase many toddlers go through. It does not mean that your toddler is going to have behavioural problems in the future or that you, as a parent, are doing something wrong. However, it is an important behaviour to address immediately when it starts...

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How to Manage Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy?

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