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Dr Dina Kulik

Wife, Mother, Pediatrician, Adrenaline Junky

Dina Kulik is a wife, mother, paediatrician and emergency medicine doctor. <br> <br> She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her ridiculously supportive husband, three energetic and delicious sons (age 4 and 2 and 4 months) and two hyper male dogs (age 3 and 1). Yes, she has a ‘baby’ a year! <br> <br> Dina is a spin fanatic and adrenaline junky, needing constant stimulation to keep from getting bored (maybe that’s where the kids get it from?). Organized chaos is how she thrives. Sound familiar parents? <br> <br> I am constantly astounded by the poor caliber of children’s health information shared on the web. So I decided to launch my own at DrDina.ca <br> <br> Dina is eager to share practical and fun kids knowledge. <br> <br> She is hoping to get the conversation going on all things related to children’s health. From breastfeeding challenges, to solid food introduction to managing night terrors, Dina has been through it all, personally and professionally. Raising healthy, adaptable children is a challenge. No one does perfectly and no one comes out unscathed. Survival is the goal most days! Let’s chat and make it just a little bit easier with tips and tricks for parenting.
One Pill Can Kill - Medications That Can Kill A Child In Small

One Pill Can Kill - Medications That Can Kill A Child In Small Doses

As a mom and doctor, I want to ensure my kids and your kids are as safe as possible, as often as possible. I work in a busy emergency room and from time to time have the responsibility of caring for unlucky children who accidentally ingest caregiver's medications, sometimes with dire consequences.
11/10/2015 04:30 EST
Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.
07/27/2015 12:26 EDT
8 Ways to Heal Your Kid's Sunburn

8 Ways to Heal Your Kid's Sunburn Quickly

With summer in full force, and many of us playing outside each day, we need to make sure we protect our skin to prevent sun damage. Unfortunately, even one burn can double your child's lifetime risk of serious skin cancer. One burn!
07/23/2015 12:21 EDT
Why I Love Same-Sex

Why I Love Same-Sex Parents

Evidence shows, and I find to be true, that same-sex parents tend to be highly motivated, involved, and committed, as they "chose" to be parents and often did a lot of work to become parents. Same-sex parents rarely become pregnant by accident, compared with approximately 50 per cent of accidental pregnancies among heterosexual partners. Children of gay parents may have advantages in open-mindedness, tolerance and equality, though of course many kids of heterosexual parents may have the same.
06/28/2015 11:21 EDT
How I Became a Stroller

How I Became a Stroller Addict

I have a confession to make to all of you -- I am a collector of strollers. It started pretty innocently. When Dyl was born we bought a travel system, our car seat snaps into the stroller and the base lives in the car. But over time we realized the stroller was big and it took up valuable real estate in our trunk. Thus, began the collection.
06/15/2015 12:46 EDT
Should Parents Be Forced to Vaccinate Their

Should Parents Be Forced to Vaccinate Their Kids?

In February 2015, a poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed that two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend school or daycare if their immunizations are not fully up to date. Interestingly, the country is divided.
06/11/2015 08:13 EDT
Get Off Your Butt and Take Your Kids

Get Off Your Butt and Take Your Kids Outside

ParticipACTION unveiled their 2015 Report Card On Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results are pathetic, with a D- for overall physical activity, in part because just nine per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet daily recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
06/10/2015 12:21 EDT
The Deadly Dangers Of Tetanus: This Six-Year-Old Is Fighting For His

The Deadly Dangers Of Tetanus: This Six-Year-Old Is Fighting For His Life

Today there is a six-year-old boy lying in a London, Ontario hospital fighting for his life. He is in critical condition with a vaccine-preventable illness, tetanus. Most North American's have never known a person who has suffered from this life-threatening disease, and it isn't on most people's radars. Rare, yes. But REAL.
05/30/2015 04:13 EDT
Your Child Is How Old and You Are Still

Your Child Is How Old and You Are Still Breastfeeding?!

Have you heard this before? Are you a dedicated breast-feeder to a toddler or older child? If so, you are not alone. I see many women in my office each week who continue to breastfeed their toddlers, sometimes while also nursing younger babies. Women who breastfeed "older" children are often stigmatized and looked at as strange.
05/27/2015 12:32 EDT
Relax Parents, Masturbation Is a Normal Aspect of

Relax Parents, Masturbation Is a Normal Aspect of Childhood

May is masturbation month. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings.
05/20/2015 08:58 EDT
Six Reasons You Could Be Pregnant and Not Know

Six Reasons You Could Be Pregnant and Not Know It

How is it even possible that she could be so pregnant and not even know? Well actually, this happens often enough. I personally have two patients who share a similar story. It is possible to grow another person inside you and not even know, if the right set of circumstances apply.
05/14/2015 01:07 EDT
Is the Paleo Diet Safe for

Is the Paleo Diet Safe for Kids?

Food trends are constantly changing be it: Paleo, vegan, low fat, low carb, raw and alkaline, there are many options to choose from. Adults may be jumping on the band-wagon, but are these food fads safe for children?
05/10/2015 11:12 EDT
Why I Wouldn't Recommend Baby Food

Why I Wouldn't Recommend Baby Food Pouches

Every few years there's a revolution in children's food and the way it's presented. The most current trend is pouched food and from what I can tell, its popularity is only increasing. They are convenient and clean with no spoon necessarily required. But are they necessarily the best choice for your family?
05/06/2015 11:46 EDT
Kids Should Know the Proper Names Of Their

Kids Should Know the Proper Names Of Their Genitals

Last week, Ontario released a new Health and Physical Education Curriculum for 2015. Much of the fear stems from the early introduction of sex education teaching, even in grade one. Are we that scared of our kids knowing the real word for their genitals?
03/02/2015 12:38 EST
Measles: How Scared Do You Need To

Measles: How Scared Do You Need To Be?

It is easy to catch measles by inhaling the droplets or touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces. So remember proper hand hygiene is critical to your protection of both measles but is also good practice to prevent common colds and other viruses.
01/30/2015 12:19 EST
Great Book Gift Ideas for Kids This Holiday

Great Book Gift Ideas for Kids This Holiday Season

My ultimate favourite gift to give and receive is books.They are timeless and can give hours of entertainment! As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share with you a few of the classics that have hit home in our house.
12/16/2014 01:36 EST
What You Need to Know About Fighting the

What You Need to Know About Fighting the Flu

This high viral season reminds us that we should consider getting flu vaccines. Influenza has maintained a low profile so far this Fall, though no doubt it will rear it's head in the coming month or two, as it does each year. Have you forgotten H1N1 from last year?
10/06/2014 12:53 EDT