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To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise?

Male circumcision is defined as the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the retractable roll of skin the covers the end of the penis (glans). There are many factors that influence a parent’s decision to circumcise their infant including the father’s circumcision status, opinions of family and friends, religious or

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Guest Post: What to Know About Children’s Eye Exam?

Preparing for your child’s first eye exam Many parents schedule their child’s first eye exam when they notice changes in their behaviors like squinting and holding items too close. However, a wide variety of eye related issues common in children aren’t always obvious and noticeable to parents.  This is why the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends

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How to Manage a Teething Baby?

It is only a matter of time before my baby George starts teething.  I remember when Madi was teething, there were times she was crying and inconsolable because of the discomfort.   When do babies usually start teething? Teeth actually start forming in utero!  However, they usually do not start making their first appearance until babies are 6 to

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How to Store Breast Milk for a Healthy Term Infant?

If you are a nursing mother, at some point you may consider pumping your breast milk and storing it for future use.  This will allow you to leave your baby in the care of others with a supply of breast milk for bottle-feeding.   Whether you are manually expressing, or using a battery or electric pump, the

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My child’s cold won’t go away, what should I do?

The common cold in children is (unsurprisingly) common and there are home remedies for cough and cold.  In fact, most children will get up to 6-8 colds per year.  It is a short lived viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (the upper airway) that can result in coughing, sneezing, congestion, fevers, sore throats, and

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Dr. Mom blog explores melatonin pills and melatonin for sleep in children.

Over-the-counter melatonin for sleep in children

Remember when you brought your newborn baby home from the hospital and she slept during the day but was awake all night?  One of the first things we do as new parents is to start trying to help our babies shift their sleep and wake times (circadian rhythms) to match our own.  Baby sleep is

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Why Babies Under a Year of Age Should Not Have Honey?

“Just dip the soother in some honey”.  I remember hearing this piece of advice from a well-meaning grandmother when I was struggling with a fussy baby in the grocery store.  My infant was beyond colicky and refusing her soother.  I knew that you should never feed an infant under 12 months of age honey and

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