Thursday, May 28, 2020

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...

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’? 

Helping Your Child Learn to Read Will Help With Language Development and Academic Abilities

Child development of language and literacy abilities (the ability to talk, read and write) occurs in stages over time.  It includes developing oral language, reading comprehension, writing, and spelling skills.  Developing language and literacy skills is an ongoing process, and it is normal for children to develop these skills in stages, at different ages, and in different...

What are the Possible Benefits of App Use in Children?

Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, I have been relying more on screens to keep Madi busy.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic I would rarely let Madi play apps with the exception of when we were flying. However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, she is allowed to play on an app for 30 minutes every other...

What to Expect from your 6 Month Old Baby: Developmental Milestones

We probably took the most pictures of Madi as an infant when she was 6 months old. Madi was able to sit upright without support at 6 months, so Graeme and I could not stop taking photos of her looking adorable sitting independently. Here is what to expect for baby development from your 6 month old baby:

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;...

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...

Signs That Your Child May Have a Speech Delay

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a play area and we met a little girl who was 16 months old. This little girl was speaking at a toddler level!  She was speaking in almost full sentences and knew her first and last name. At 15 months, Madi could only say “Mama,” “Dada,” “Boo-boo” (her...

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...

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...