Trouble Sleeping? Relaxation Techniques For Sleep
In my family medicine practice, I often see patients that have trouble sleeping. Particularly difficulty falling asleep. In medicine, this is known as “initial insomnia”. I recommend a proper sleep hygiene routine to all my patients that are suffering from poor quality sleep. But I also talk with them about relaxation techniques for sleep. Trouble
Medications and Breastfeeding
While it is commonly known that many medications cannot be taken while pregnant, mothers are often left wondering what is safe to take while they are breastfeeding their baby. The good news is that most medications are compatible with breastfeeding. Unfortunately, many mothers are given inaccurate advice with regard to medications and breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications
Mommy Thumb (de Quervian Tenosynovitis)
de Quervain tenosynovitis is a common cause of hand or wrist pain in adults. It is sometimes called “mommy’s thumb” or “mommy’s wrist” because it seems to be more common in women especially during the newborn period. It seems to present itself in the first 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. I had “mommy thumb” during my first
What to Know Before You Start Baby Sleep Training?
I think most parents have been frustrated at some point in time when it comes to baby sleep. There are many sleep-training methods out there. Choosing “the best” sleep-training method can be confusing. I know when I was sleep-training Madi and George – implementing the sleep-training techniques turned out to be more difficult than I
What is Impetigo and How is it Treated?
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection. It most commonly occurs in children under the age of 5. Because it is contagious, it can spread to other areas of the body or to other people easily. It can spread when someone touches an impetigo rash, or through items that have been in contact with infected skin. What Causes Impetigo?
Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
Many women consider the intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of birth control both before having a baby, and after. This is because the IUD is reliable, safe, and is as effective as permanent sterilization making the IUD a desirable birth control option. There Are Two Main Types Of IUDs Available On The Market Today:
Tips on Returning Back to School
The start of the school year is one of the busiest times of year for many families including my own. Here are some things that we have found help with the transition back to school: Bedtime routine for parents and children. During the summer our entire family was staying up way to late! Over the
Heat Related Illness
It is not uncommon for people to state “I have heat stroke” when they were out in the sun for too long and feel unwell. Heat stroke is a term that is loosely thrown around, but the fact is – heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires hospital care. There are other heat related illnesses
What is Baby Reflux and Tips to Manage Baby Reflux
Most babies, including my own, spit up. Spitting up, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a normal process that occurs in healthy infants. In fact, approximately 50% of infants younger than 3 months of age have at least one episode of spitting up per day. I have partnered with Enfamil to discuss ways to reduce infant reflux.
Birth Control Options While Breastfeeding
Contraception options after pregnancy is an important health topic that sometimes we forget about when we are busy with the new baby. This is why I discuss contraception while breastfeeding with all of my postpartum patients. One misconception is that breastfeeding is an effective form of contraception. It is TRUE that if you are exclusively
The Importance of Children Eye Exams During COVID-19
Last year, we took our daughter Madi for an eye exam and it was discovered that she needed glasses. We learned that Madi had a common vision problem called astigmatism (a vision problem caused by irregular curvature of the eye). We were shocked because we never suspected she had any problems with her eyesight –
Management Strategies for Colic
Colic is defined as crying for no apparent reason that lasts for greater than 3 hours per day and occurs on 3 or more days per week in an otherwise healthy infant less than 3 months of age. Fortunately, colic symptoms resolve spontaneously in 90 percent of infants by 8 to 9 weeks of age. The following