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...

Tips For Children With Speech and Language Delay

Dr. Mom blog explores tips for children with speech and language delay
When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a playground and we met a little girl who was 16 months old. This little girl was speaking at a very advanced level!  Meeting this little girl made me worried that Madi’s speech and language development were behind.  I began to frantically try to teach Madi new words;...

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...

Should Routine Immunizations Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic?

A common question I have received from parents is whether or not we should continue routine immunizations for children. COVID-19 is spread by close personal contact or by touching contaminated surfaces. Public health has suggested that people stay at home to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  This includes limiting non-essential doctors appointments. Majority of...

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...

Baby Development Milestones Delay: When do babies start talking?

Well-baby checks with your doctor are important because they assess if your baby's development is on the right track or if additional support is needed.  In my busy medical practice, worried parents often come in asking when do babies talk, walk, play, and interact (known as baby development milestones).  More often than not, I am able to...

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 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. 

Does the food you eat during pregnancy impact your child’s food preferences?

I craved red peppers during both of my pregnancies and both of my kids love eating red peppers. This made me wonder, does the food you eat during pregnancy impact your child’s food preferences? What does the research show?  The literature suggests that a mother’s diet during pregnancy...

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...