Wednesday, May 22, 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.

Many new moms, including myself, worry about establishing and maintaining a good breast milk supply or how to increase breast milk supply. For the first few days after Madi was born, I struggled with breastfeeding so I supplemented with formula until I was able to improve her...
“Just dip the soother in some honey”.  I remember hearing this piece of advice from a well-meaning grandmother when I was struggling with a fussy baby in the grocery store.  My infant was beyond colicky and refusing his soother.  I knew that you should never feed an...
If you have a member of your family who causes you to feel like you are walking on eggshells with, you often feel stressed, frustrated, or emotionally drained, this might be a sign that you are dealing with someone who has a very strong personality.  
Child development of language and literacy abilities (the ability to talk, read and write) occurs in stages over time.  It includes developing oral language, reading comprehension, writing, and spelling skills.  Developing language and literacy skills is an ongoing process, and it is normal for children to develop these skills in stages, at different...

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Mom Guilt and Self-Care

As a working mom with a toddler, I often feel guilty about not spending all day with my little one. In the morning when...

Travelling with Toddlers: What to bring when flying with a toddler

For the past 5 months, Madi and I have been commuting back and forth from Atlanta, Georgia to Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).  Dining, shopping, or...

What can I do about my anxiety?

Being a new mom or a mom with small kids can come with a little (or a lot!) of anxiety. You are responsible for...

Baby sleep – Is Sleep Training Bad For My Baby?

When I went through my medical training I thought putting your baby to sleep was as simple as putting your baby in the bassinet...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has...

Screen Time Paradigm

Growing up, my parents let my brother and me watch unlimited amounts of TV. I remember growing up not understanding why other children had...

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Mindfulness Meditation to improve your mental health and be more present with your children.

Mindfulness is a meditative practice where you intentionally bring your attention to experiences in the here and now.  It helps us to become more...

Is Spanking Bad for your Child: Controversies and Childhood Outcomes

Parents always want to make the best decisions for their children, particularly when it comes to discipline. Everyone will have an opinion and try...

Tips for Managing Ear Infections in Children

I remember the first time Madi had an ear infection, she was 9 months old and I was...

Early intervention is key for treating developmental disabilities and global developmental delay

According to the medical literature, an estimated 15% of children in the United States have at least one developmental delay with the...

Is the mercury in vaccines toxic?

Recently I wrote a post about the fraudulent science behind vaccines and their “association” with autism.  Unsurprisingly, this became a “hot topic”...

Postpartum Pelvic Floor Health

Childbirth is an incredible physical accomplishment for the female body! Women work hard to grow, carry and birth their babies and approximately 1 in...

Am I at risk of gestational diabetes? How to prevent gestational diabetes in pregnancy

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

How Can I Prevent Cervical Cancer: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

In Canada, 1550 Canadian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and 400 of them died from it. Patients in my medical practice...

How does travelling and time changes affect a toddlers sleep.

For the past 6 months I have been travelling with my toddler Madi between Edmonton and Atlanta (We live in Atlanta for...

Treatment for ADHD in children: What can I do as a parent to help my child?

Having a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging.  Compared to other children without ADHD, they can sometimes be more...

Child development: warning signs if your child’s language development is not on track

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a play area and we met a little girl who was 16 months...

How to Sleep Better, Avoid Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation.

All you Moms out there probably know the importance of a good nights rest. Without it, we are more cranky, irritable, and...

OCD in Childhood: Guest Post

Developing rituals in childhood can be normal, however it is important to differentiate these from rituals associated with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) by...

Can Having a Dog Protect your Child from Developing Asthma?

My husband desperately wants a dog. He grew up with dogs and thinks every kid deserves an animal companion. Madi also loves being around...

Prenatal Pregnancy Exercises: guest post

In so many ways, Motherhood starts in pregnancy. From the moment we learn about our pregnancies, we prioritize our own health for...

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

Depression is common in adolescence and is often underrecognized.  As a parent it can be hard for us to think about our...

Helping your child learn to read will help with language development and academic abilities

Child development of language and literacy abilities (the ability to talk, read and write) occurs in stages over time.  It includes developing oral language, reading...

Pregnancy and Conceiving: What are the Causes of Infertility

Before medical school I thought I was going to have all of my children before the age of 30. Then real life happened. Studying,...

Skin abrasions: how to clean a cut in children and to avoid scars and infected cuts

Recently our family had an outing to visit Martin Luther King's house here in Atlanta. Graeme and I were excited to be...

What to Expect from your 6 Month Old Baby: Developmental Milestones and Baby Development

We probably took the most pictures of Madi as an infant when she was 6 months old. Madi was able to sit...

Reading kids books to your child helps them learn to read and improves language abilities in later life.

As a young child, I did not like to read. At bedtime, I remember asking my parents to make up a story...

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