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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.

Before I became a mother, I did not realize how attached an infant can be to their pacifier (soother). Madi loved her pacifier, and we lovingly nicknamed it “soo-soo.” Madi would reach for her “soo-soo,” call out for it, and we always make sure we had it...
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common, and very contagious, viral infection.  It can be caused by several different viruses, but the most common is the Coxsackie virus.   HFMD mostly affects children under the age of 5, but it can occur at any...
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. Anxiety is produced...
Vitamin K is a substance our bodies need to stop bleeding and form clots.  Vitamin K primarily comes from the food we eat, like green leafy vegetables, or fish, meat and eggs.   Babies are born with very little vitamin K in their bodies.  This puts them...

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