Tuesday, July 16, 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.

In my family medicine practice, I often have patients come in with signs and symptoms of anxiety.  They often ask “why do I feel anxious?”  The truth is that anxiety, in part, is a normal human phenomenon.  Everybody experiences anxiety to some extent. Unfortunately our basic...
It is not uncommon in my medical practice to hear patients say, “Back in my day, we didn’t have all this ADHD stuff.” But how common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)? The fact is that ADHD (formerly known as ADD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder...
Sleep Myth #1: My anxiety will get better if I just get more sleep.  Fact: Anxiety and sleep deprivation can go hand-in-hand.  Generally speaking, anxiety is worsened by poor sleep, and sleep problems are worsened by anxiety.   The two are not mutually exclusive. ...
When Madi was 6 months old we went to France for a medical conference and extended it into a vacation afterwards.  We spent a few days in Paris and 6 days in Aix-en-Provence. We stayed in an Airbnb so that we could have some meals at home and have more...

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Toxic family member? What to know and how to deal.

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What is HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Why am I at Risk of Cancer?

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Sleep Training Baby: what to do and how?

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Teen depression: depression symptoms, and signs of depression in adolescence

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

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Why We Need to Vaccinate as a Society

Previously I wrote a post about vaccines and autism that was very popular on life of dr. mom. Since then i've...

Going on Vacation Without your Baby: Should I Worry About Unhealthy Attachment?

Graeme and I are leaving Madi for 6 days to go to Hawaii for our friends wedding. After I booked our flights to Hawaii...

Breastfeeding difficulties? Common reasons women have trouble breastfeeding

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The Stomach Flu in Children: Gastroenteritis

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How is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Treated?

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I was a big baby.  My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, and as a result I was...

Screen Time Paradigm

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