Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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 often check up on their developmental milestones to make sure...

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

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. We took her with us to France when she was a 6 month old...

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...

Child development: warning signs if your child’s language development is not on track

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...

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...

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 Autism Spectrum Disorder

As a parent, it’s easy to worry about your child’s development - especially in the early years when they are growing so fast.   Parents often come into my family medicine practice asking questions about their childs development. They will say things like “my older son was saying Mama by age 1, and Jane hasn’t said any words yet!”  Some...

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...

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...

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...