Tuesday, July 27, 2021

What Is Swaddling and What Are The Risks and Benefits?

As a first time mom, I had no idea how to swaddle or why we even swaddle babies. Fortunately, I learned how to swaddle 2.5 years ago with Madi and was ready to swaddle George when he was born! I now explain swaddling to parents as wrapping your baby tightly in the shape of a baby burrito. 

What is Baby-Led Weaning and Should we do it?

Before I became a parent, I had no idea what baby led-weaning was. I actually thought it had to do with breastfeeding!  I now realize that baby-led weaning (BLW) is a method in which the baby controls their solid food consumption by self-feeding. Baby-led weaning versus spoon feeding This is a controversial...

Should We Use Soothers (Pacifiers) For Infants?

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 her diaper bag. Then one day, at around 8 months...

How Common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Why is it Important to Treat?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD,  is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder among children in North America. As a physician that sees ADHD in my practice, I wonder how common ADHD is and the effects of undiagnosed ADHD. How common is ADHD?  It is estimated that nearly 10% of all American children between 4 to...

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopment disorder among children and teens. ADHD used to be called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but this is now outdated terminology.  ADHD is very common.  It is estimated that ADHD affects about 3.4% of children worldwide.  However the prevalence ranges across studies anywhere from 2-18% depending on the...

Sponsored post: Infant Safe Sleep Tips and Baby Monitors

I remember being so worried about Madi and George when they slept in their own room for the first time. Madi moved out of our bedroom when she was 10 months old, and George stayed in our room until he was 6 months of age. Both Madi and George stayed in our room until they were at...

Do We Need To Burp Babies?

Both my mom and mother-in-law believe and promote the practice of burping babies. After our son George was born they both ensured he was always burped well after every feed. I, on the other hand, probably burp George only 50 percent of the time. The 50 percent burping rate is due to a combination of sometimes George...

Does Learning Two Languages at the Same Time Cause Speech Problems or Speech Delay?

I grew up in a bilingual household.  My family speaks both English and Cantonese.  I don’t use my Cantonese language as much as I used to anymore.  But I want my daughter Madi and my son George to be fluent in Cantonese. Someone once told me that learning two languages may negatively affect speech development which made me wonder what...

Family Activities During COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected all of us and has placed many restrictions around the activities we enjoy.  With my two children ages 4 and 1 we used to go to indoor playgrounds, have playdates and attend music classes weekly. The increased restrictions with COVID-19 has forced our family to start thinking of more COVID safe outdoor activities.

Guest Post: Understanding and Responding to Biting Toddlers

Biting is a common phase many toddlers go through. It does not mean that your toddler is going to have behavioural problems in the future or that you, as a parent, are doing something wrong. However, it is an important behaviour to address immediately when it starts to happen.  Understand the ‘why’?