Wednesday, November 20, 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.

When Madi was 8 months old she suddenly decided that she was done with her soother and never looked back. That is, until I became pregnant with our second baby. The past few months I have caught Madi opening up the soothers I purchased for the new...
Before I became a mother, I did not realize how attached an infant can be to their soother. Madi loved her soother, 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 in...
Breast ultrasound has many uses in the assessment of breast health. Some women wonder whether they can or should have breast ultrasound for screening instead of mammography, but mammography remains the primary screening test for breast cancer in the general population (1) as recommended by the Canadian...
I was asked a very interesting question by a patient a few years ago "Dr. Liu, I'm almost 40 weeks pregnant and I want to go into labour, if I eat lots of dates will that help kick-start labour?" I had no idea what the answer to...

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Screen Time Paradigm

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Screen Time Paradigm

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The Importance of Vitamin D in Infants

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Soothers (Pacifiers) For Infants

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Guest Post: Preparing Your Older Child for a New Baby

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