Monday, October 26, 2020

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 or crib. In fact, even when my patients came in complaining of how difficult it was to get their baby to sleep, I just thought to myself: Put them down and that’s that! I had...

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 to tell you how you should enforce household rules, but it seems like the most controversial method is spanking.    Spanking (defined as open-handed hitting on the buttocks or extremities with the intention of modifying a...

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 animals - especially “puppies” (as she calls them). I don’t know whether or not we will get a dog in the coming years, but I did investigate the possible health benefits of exposing young children...

McDonald’s For a Family Fun Activity?

I never thought I would say this, but I think McDonald’s in moderation (once a month for us) can be great for families. Before having Madi, the only time I would eat McDonald’s was on road trips. On cold nights when my husband and I both finish work late, one of the most fun and time-efficient activities we discovered...

First Time Travelling Away from your Baby: What to Know.

Madi was 15 months old when my husband and I went to a medical conference in Quebec City. It was the first time I ever travelled away from my baby.  It was also the first time I had ever slept away from Madi.  Needless to say I was beyond stressed. The thought of leaving Madi made me feel like...

Child Disciplining Methods: what are the best ways to discipline your child

Parents often come into my medical practice asking for help or advice on parenting techniques, disciplining their children or managing unwanted behaviours.  I also often get asked what the best methods of discipline are for children of all ages.  Madi has definitely had moments when she would throw a tantrum and scream bloody murder loud enough to clear a...

How To Get Your Toddler To Stop Using A Pacifier/Soother?

When Madi was 8 months old she suddenly decided that she was done with her soother and never looked back. That is, until I became pregnant with our second baby. The past few months I have caught Madi opening up the soothers I purchased for the new baby and putting them in her mouth. If I found...

The Risks and Benefits of Video-Chatting in Children

Our family has used FaceTime more often in the past six weeks than we have in the past several months. We are FaceTiming multiple times a day with relatives and friends. During a time like this it is important to check on each other and stay connected.  Because our family is on FaceTime at...

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 most common being speech and language.  Developmental delay is important to recognize and address early.  When your child is young and still growing, doctors will assess developmental milestones to make sure your child’s development is...

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...