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I Have a Cold Sore, Can I Be Near My Newborn Baby?

Cold sores are highly contagious. But what are you to do when you have a cold sore and also a newborn baby to care for? What is a Cold Sore? Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).  They look like small blisters around the lips, mouth, chin, cheeks, or even nose.  Within

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Can I Eat Sushi or Other Fish While Pregnant?

One of the most common food types that people will tell you that you cannot eat while pregnant is sushi, or raw fish.  There are many health benefits to having fish as part of your regular diet.  So why is it that sushi shouldn’t be consumed while pregnant?  Does this apply to other types of fish as well? 

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Ways to Improve Breast Milk Supply

Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me. I struggled with low milk supply early on and had difficulty getting Madi to latch correctly. Fortunately, with the help of a lactation consultant, after two weeks breastfeeding improved. There are two main reasons why mothers and their infants may have breastfeeding difficulties.  The first reason is inadequate milk production from the mother. The

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What is a Yeast Infection And What Can You Do About it?

Vaginal yeast infections, or vaginal candidiasis, are common in women.  Many healthy females have yeast colonization in their vaginas such as Candida.  However, sometimes these yeasts may overgrow leading to yeast infections.   Risk Factors for Yeast Infections Certain conditions and medications can make women more susceptible to yeast infections including: Recent use of antibiotics Oral contraceptives (especially those

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How to Manage Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy?

“Morning sickness” is common during pregnancy and can actually occur at any time throughout the day. I was very fortunate and did not experience “morning sickness” with either of my pregnancy’s. Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy occurs in up to 90% of pregnant women, particularly in the first trimester.   In most cases, the nausea is mild and

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What is Thrush and What Can You Do About It?

Thrush, or oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common infection in babies. It is a fungal infection caused by Candida that affects the mouth and throat. Candida is found on the skin and in the body and usually does not cause any infections.  But sometimes a baby can end up with thrush because they do not have a strong immune system yet.

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Learn More About the 6 Signs of Coffee Withdrawal

When consumed in moderation, caffeine is safe and even has some health benefits. But because caffeine is psychoactive, the brain can develop a tolerance and physiological dependence in some people who consume large amounts.  Current medical evidence supports that caffeine withdrawal symptoms can occur when stopping the use of caffeine after heavy and prolonged use. Cutting back or stopping

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Dr. Mom blog explores physical symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety Can Cause Physical Symptoms

In my medical practice, I often have patients wondering if they have anxiety.  I also have many patients that come with a variety of symptoms, whom are surprised to find that the cause of these symptoms are sometimes signs of anxiety.  Anxiety is a normal human phenomenon that everybody experiences, but some people experience anxiety

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