Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Vancouver is where I grew up and my family still lives there so it is one of our favourite places to go on long weekends.  Our favourite time to go is during the summer because the fall and winter can have many rainy days.   One of our favourite places to go is the Park Royal Village in...
Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me and I struggled.  After birth, mother and baby are often very sleepy, and establishing a consistent breast-feeding routine can be difficult.  The lack of frequency or consistency in feeding can lead to difficulty with breastfeeding.    What I found particularly difficult in the first 2 weeks postpartum, was learning to breastfeed on demand. ...
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;...

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Travelling with Toddlers: What to bring when flying with a toddler

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Baby sleep – Is Sleep Training Bad For My Baby?

When I went through my medical training I thought putting your baby to sleep was as simple as putting your baby in the bassinet...

Breastfeeding Struggles

As a physician, I have counselled on the benefits of breastfeeding. I always encouraged breastfeeding as it’s more affordable, helps with bonding, and has...

Screen Time Paradigm

Growing up, my parents let my brother and me watch unlimited amounts of TV. I remember growing up not understanding why other children had...

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...

Grandparents Spoiling with Sugar

Going through medical school and learning about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity has made more conscious of the food I prepare for Madi....

Going on Vacation Without your Baby: Should I Worry About Unhealthy Attachment?

Graeme and I are leaving Madi for 6 days to go to Hawaii for our friends wedding. After I booked our flights to Hawaii...

To Dine or Not to Dine Out (with a toddler)

Before Madi was born, my husband and I loved going out for dinner, but having a baby changed everything about going out to eat....

Where science meets parenting

Myths about speech delay in children

Myth #1: Boys take longer to develop speech than girls.

Tips for travelling to Vancouver Canada

Vancouver is where I grew up and my family still lives there so...

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): What is the difference between them and how do they work?

Many women consider intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of birth control both...

Breastfeeding tips for new mothers

Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me and I struggled.  After birth, mother and...

Learn more about the 6 signs of coffee withdrawal

Generally speaking, caffeine consumption is safe and has some health benefits provided...

Physical signs of anxiety

In my medical practice, I often have patients wondering if they have anxiety. ...

Tips for children with speech and language delay

When Madi was 15 months old, we were at a playground and...

Trouble sleeping? Relaxation techniques for sleep

In my family medicine practice, I often see patients that have trouble...

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Stephanie Liu, University of Alberta; Erin Manchuk, University of Alberta, and Shannon...

Becoming bilingual: How to help your child learn another language

It is very important to me that Madi is able to speak...

Why do I feel anxious? Learn more about anxiety and its symptoms.

In my family medicine practice, I often have patients come in with...

How common is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and why is it important to treat?

It is not uncommon in my medical practice to hear patients say,...

Common Sleep Myths

Sleep Myth #1: My anxiety will get better if I just get...

Does learning 2 languages at the same time cause speech problems or speech delay?

Growing up, I was fluent in Cantonese.  Unfortunately my Cantonese vocabulary has...

Travelling to France with an infant

When Madi was 6 months old we went to France for a medical...

Birth control while breastfeeding and contraception options

After having a baby, women experience incredible hormonal and physical changes in...

Sunscreen for infants and toddlers, and children: which to choose and how to apply.

It is officially summertime and that means taking advantage of the beautiful...

Breastfeeding difficulties? Common reasons women have trouble breastfeeding

Breastfeeding was not intuitive for me and I struggled. Particularly for the...

Postpartum bladder incontinence (guest post)

Accidentally losing urine in the months and years after having a baby...

Child discipline: How to avoid reinforcing unwanted behaviours

As a parent I realize how challenging child discipline can be and...

Is drinking coffee while pregnant safe?

I have had many patients ask me if coffee is safe during...

Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker and darker?

A question I sometimes get from patients is about shaving and the...

The health benefits of coffee.

When I was going through my undergraduate training - I would have...

How to promote good behaviour with positive reinforcement

As a physician, I often get parents coming into my office asking...

What to know before you start baby sleep training

I think most parents have been frustrated at some point in time...

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

The common cold in children is (unsurprisingly) common and there are home...

How can temper tantrums teach your child to regulate emotions and manage anxiety

Emotions and anxiety are normal human experiences that can be helpful in some...

Breastfeeding struggles linked to postpartum depression in mothers

As a doctor, I encourage mothers to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is affordable, helps...

Setting boundaries and encouraging healthy relationships

I’m sure everybody out there has a friend or family member with...

Over-the-counter melatonin for sleep in children

Remember when you brought your newborn baby home from the hospital and...