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...

Sponsored: What is Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy, what is the Difference with Lactose intolerance, and How to Help Your Baby

Sponsored by Mead Johnson Some babies have allergies to proteins that are found in cow's milk. This is known as Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). CMPA is the most common food allergy in infancy affecting 2-7.5% of infants. It can present during the first few months of life, often within days or weeks after introduction...

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’? 

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...

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. 

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...

Signs That Your Child May Have a Speech or Language 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 3 year old level!  She was speaking in almost full sentences and knew her first and last name. At 15 months, Madi could only say “Mama,” “Dada,”...

Becoming bilingual: How to help your child learn another language?

It is very important to me that Madi and George are able to speak both English and Cantonese. I try my best to speak Cantonese with Madi and George at home, but it's hard as my husband only speaks English. Here are someways a child can learn another language and become bilingual. Becoming bilingual...

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...

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;...