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Tips for getting kids ready for back-to-school

As I look towards the end of the long, lazy July – August vacation, I typically feel a mix of emotions – apprehension at the resumption of early morning routines and traffic, mixed with relief and anticipation about getting the kids back into some semblance of routine and activities. So imagine how our children feel! […]

Managing Screen Time

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Tips for taking back control of your digital devices. One thing about the COVID19 pandemic is that it made us more comfortable with the digital world. We used it to connect with our loved ones, to access learning and education, to work virtually and to keep up to […]

Becoming a more present parent

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN   I used to be a big believer in the power of multitasking, declaring myself an expert at juggling many things at the same time, a sort of supermom if you will. As I journeyed into parenting however, I realized that in these moments I wasn’t truly present. […]

Returning to School Safely

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) When I was doing my internship as a doctor, we had rotations in general medicine, surgery, obstetrics, paediatrics, community, and your choice of specialty for a 3-month elective. These rotations gave you experience to convert the theory of medical school to the actual practice of being a […]

How to prevent childhood accidents?

  Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN   Injuries are one of the leading causes of death in children and young people, but most childhood injuries can be prevented with some simple actions. Here are some tips to prevent some of the common types of accidents seen in the emergency room: Accidental Poisoning Household […]

How to Deal With Childhood Bullying

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Sadly, bullying is becoming more commonplace in our schools, with increasing numbers of incidents reported in the media. With the advent of social media and cyber-bullying, it has taken on a whole new level as the bully can now be faceless, or hide behind their internet persona, often […]

How to Manage Childhood Infections

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Scenario: It is the start of the July/August vacation period, which usually gives some respite from common childhood conditions, but these tend to flare up once more with the start of the new school term in September. It’s a good time therefore to review some common childhood conditions […]

How to Move Forward after Failing (Fail Forward)

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN “There is no failure except in no longer trying” (Elbert Hubbard) What do Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They all experienced failures on their way to success.  Albert Einstein was thought to be a failure in his early years at school […]

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