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 All Screen Time The Same?

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, our family has been watching a lot more television while we do our part in social distancing and staying at home.  For children ages 3-5, the recommended screen time is 1 hour or less per day by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  I...

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

Dr. Mom blog explores how common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and why is it important to treat
It is not uncommon in my medical practice to hear patients say, “Back in my day, we didn’t have all this ADHD stuff.” But how common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)? ADHD (formerly known as ADD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder among children in North America.   As a physician, I am often left wondering if...

How can temper tantrums teach your child to regulate emotions and manage anxiety

Emotions and anxiety are normal human experiences that can be helpful in some situations (like the intense joy I experienced when I found out I was pregnant with Madi) and unhelpful in other situations (like the frustrations that I feel when Madi won’t eat her dinner).  I think most of us with children have experienced some epic temper...

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...

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...

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...

Guest Post: Toddler Morning Routines

Morning routines with children are hard! Waking up, eating breakfast, and getting out the door and into the car on time can be challenging and frustrating for parents and children, alike. So much so, that meltdowns, yelling, and tantrums can all be part of it.  As a child psychologist, I also understand the impact...

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...

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.