Febrile Seizures

Seeing your child have a seizure is one of the scariest things a parent can experience.  A febrile seizure is a seizure (or convulsions) in a child that is caused by a fever.  They occur in 2 to 4% of children under the age of 5, most commonly between 12 to 18 months of age.   How Do I...

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;...

Guest Post: 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...

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...

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopment disorder among children and teens. ADHD used to be called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but this is now outdated terminology.  ADHD is very common.  It is estimated that ADHD affects about 3.4% of children worldwide.  However the prevalence ranges across studies anywhere from 2-18% depending on the...

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

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD,  is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder among children in North America. As a physician that sees ADHD in my practice, I wonder how common ADHD is and the effects of undiagnosed ADHD. How common is ADHD?  It is estimated that nearly 10% of all American children between 4 to...

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...

How Much Sleep do Babies, Children, Teenagers and Adults Need?

Sleep is important for our overall health, it allows our body and mind to recharge. The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout our lifetime. The National Sleep Foundation has established guidelines for how much sleep babies, toddlers, adolescents and adults should sleep. These are the suggested total sleep requirements by the National Sleep Foundation: Newborn Sleep (0-3 months): 14-17 hours...

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...