Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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...

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...

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...

How Much Sleep Does my Baby Need? How Much Sleep Do Teens Need?

I have received hundreds of messages and emails from mama’s out there asking me about sleep training!  As a family doctor, I often get asked "how much sleep does my baby need."  The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout our lifetime, which is important to know to avoid insomnia and sleep deprivation.  In this post i'm going...

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...

What to Expect from Your 3 Month Old Baby: Developmental Milestones

I vividly remember when Madi was 3 months old, it felt like just last week! At that time I felt like she was reaching all her developmental milestones so fast.  It really is true what my parents told me about time flying by faster and faster as we get older.  I remember how excited Graeme and I...

Myths About Speech Delay in Children

Myth #1: Boys take longer to develop speech than girls. Fact: Speech and language development occurs at similar rates in boys compared to girls, typically before the age of 3 years old.  Myth #2: It is normal for boys to have a delay in language. Fact: Language delay should...

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...

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

Dr. Mom blog explores if learning 2 languages at the same time result in speech delay or speech problems
Growing up, I was fluent in Cantonese and I want my daughter Madi to be fluent in Cantonese. I once heard from a friend that learning two languages may negatively affect speech. Is my friend right, can learning two languages at the same time increase the risk of speech problems or speech delay? Will...

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...