Talking about tummy time

I get such a kick out of receiving photos of my special little patients. This one in particular really made me smile. What a lovely photo. James is being the perfect model for why tummy time is so important but just look at the other people around him with tiny tots all on their tummies. There is a mom, a …

The value of exercise

As a paediatrician, I am disturbed by the new terms being used in reference to young children. These include such things as digital dementia, tech fatigue and blue light damage. While I fully understand that digital media is here to stay and is a necessary part of a modern child’s life, I cannot ignore the negative impact it is having …

Out with the old, in with the new

Father with newborn baby

A new baby ushers in the new in every sense of the word. New routine, new responsibilities, new roles, and a whole new way of thinking. When we talk about new, what is more exciting and more daunting than being handed a little, wriggling bundle and being told: “it’s all yours”?   I often watch the expression on parents’ faces …

Establishing early gut integrity

  Our modern society has led us down a path of distrusting the natural process of childbirth and towards an often clinical, scheduled event. I must add that in no way do I want to add to the guilt that many mothers feel when they are unable to deliver naturally or when they struggle to breastfeed.   In my own …

Teeth and gums, a vital part of your child’s well-being

Healthy teeth and gums are vital to the overall health of your baby from birth. The importance of good oral hygiene continues throughout ones life. While the appearance of your baby’s first tooth is an exciting moment and presents many cute photo opportunities, it comes with added responsibility.  Oral hygiene is one of the cornerstones to the well being of …

Teething troubles for babies and how parents can help

  Teething, when mentioned to any adult it is likely to be met with a negative response centered on a miserable baby. They don’t even need to be parents but they certainly have heard of the sleepless nights and the crying associated with a little one cutting teeth. In my own house teething was certainly not a happy time. Interrupted …

What to do about discipline?

Child discipline

By nine months of age your baby has started to explore its world. There are so many exciting new experiences all around and at the same time some dangers. It is at this point, when baby begins crawling and later walking, that parents find themselves repeatedly saying “no!” or running to prevent some kind of injury or catastrophe.  Discipline now …

Baby’s 6 to 8 week checkup- What to expect

On the day of discharge, I often observe the mixed emotions that flash across new parent’s faces when they realize they are leaving the nursing home and the tiny bundle is all theirs to care for. Having spent some time in hospital surrounded by professionals and other parents makes the first couple of days fairly secure, so the announcement that …

Spinner craze

Children playing with fidget spinners

As a paediatrician, I am often asked about toys that appear on the market intended to aid children with development and learning. Things change so fast and there are a number of wonderful educational aids on the market. Recently I was introduced to “spinners”. The child that brought the toy into my consulting room was playing with it while I …