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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.

Pink eye (or conjunctivitis) is a common cause of a red eye.  Conjunctivitis means there is inflammation – swelling and redness – of the thin layer of tissue that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid.   There are different kinds of conjunctivitis, and...
Living in a COVID-19 pandemic means we are often taking the temperatures of ourselves and our children.  I know this is often a required step as part of a daily screening tool for children who attend day care or preschool.  I have to take Madi’s temperature every time I...
Despite caring for infants for years as a family physician, when I had my daughter Madi, I had no idea how to change her diaper. The first time I put on her diaper, I put it on backwards and I really didn’t know what to look for...
There are many methods of how to sleep train a baby. Modified Extinction, Unmodified extinction, and the Ferber method are all popular method of sleep training that involve systematic ignoring in children. I have tried a few of these methods, and wanted to share my personal...

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