Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Children

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, or Autism) is a disorder that begins in the child developmental period.  Its hallmark is problems with of social communication, social interaction, repetitive behaviours, and restrictive interests. The disorder affects every child differently.  Some children have mild difficulties in social interactions, which was formerly known as “Aspergers Disorder.” Other children may have more...

What is Colic and How Can it be Managed?

Colic is very distressing for parents and it is a common reason that parents bring their babies into my office. If your child is experiencing colic it does not mean you are doing anything wrong, in fact, colic is benign. Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying in a healthy baby and will typically resolve...

Signs That Your Child May Have a Speech or Language Delay

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a play area and we met a little girl who was 16 months old. This little girl was speaking at a 3 year old level!  She was speaking in almost full sentences and knew her first and last name. At 15 months, Madi could only say “Mama,” “Dada,”...

Sponsored: What is Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, what is the Difference with Lactose intolerance, and How to Help Your Baby

Sponsored by Mead Johnson Some babies have allergies to proteins that are found in cow's milk. This is known as Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). CMPA is the most common food allergy in infancy affecting 2-7.5% of infants. It can present during the first few months of life, often within days or weeks after introduction...

Winter Activities for Kids

Prior to this past year, we didn’t spend much time outside during the winter.  I’ve never been a fan of cold weather, but I’ve slowly started to embrace and enjoy the Alberta winters! In order to enjoy outdoor winter activities, our family invested in getting warm winter gear. Being comfortable and warm makes outdoor play much more enjoyable. 

Newborn reflexes

The initial movements that newborn babies make are primitive reflexes and part of normal neurological development.  Some of these movements may surprise new parents if they have never been around a newborn baby before.   Reflexes are involuntary, which means they happen without trying.  This is similar to when a doctor taps your knee with a hammer and your...

Screen Time and Young Children

When I was a child, our television was always on.  My parents allowed my brother and I to watch television as much as we wanted.  I remember wondering why some of my friends had restrictions on how much television they could watch. As a family physician, I advise parents to follow recommendations set out by the Canadian...

How Much Sleep do Babies, Children, Teenagers and Adults Need?

Sleep is important for our overall health, it allows our body and mind to recharge. The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout our lifetime. The National Sleep Foundation has established guidelines for how much sleep babies, toddlers, adolescents and adults should sleep. These are the suggested total sleep requirements by the National Sleep Foundation: Newborn Sleep (0-3 months): 14-17 hours...

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!...

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 – she would...