Dr. Kim Foster: Wicked Health

May
20
2016
The Serious Diseases a Doctor of Optometry Can Detect

Staying healthy throughout your life is not a simple matter. We all know the laundry list of things we must do: stay active, eat well, floss, get enough sleep, take your vitamins, see your doctor for regular checkups...the list can go on.

Let’s face it...it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. 

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May
11
2016

Growing Pains: Real? Or Not Real?

When Being Dr. Mom Means Treating Your Own Kids' Pain

Growing Pains: Real? Or Not Real?

As a mom of two boys, I’m accustomed to dealing with my kids' various aches and pains. Between earaches and sore throats, trampoline bruises and bicycle wipeouts...it’s always something.

So a few years ago, when my eldest son began complaining of leg pain at night—every night for days on end—and there was no specific cause, I knew the likely culprit. Growing pains.

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Jan
25
2016

Awareness of This Disease Could Save Your Child’s Life

Kawasaki Disease is the stuff of nightmares…but it doesn’t have to be.

Kawasaki Disease Awareness | YummyMummyClub.ca

When Carin’s two year-old son Isaiah came down with a fever, she didn’t worry at first. After all, he had just started preschool, and everyone knows preschools are petri dishes for viruses. There was no reason to suspect anything more. She treated his fever at home and kept a close eye on him. A few days later, the fever was still raging, so she took him to a walk-in-clinic, like any parent would. There, the doctor told her Isaiah had a virus, and he’d be better soon. 

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How to Help Your Kid Cope with Recurrent Pain

Recurrent pain like headaches and stomach aches are common in kids. But as a parent it can be bewildering and—let’s face it—frustrating to deal with. When your kid tells you she has yet another tummy ache, what do you do? Is it real? What’s causing it? Should you keep her home from school? See the doctor?

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Oct
02
2015

Tried-and-True Strategies to Cope with Belly Pain

Tips to Ease Those Cramps and Get On With Your Day

Tried-and-True Strategies to Cope with Belly Pain

So last night you wrangled the kids to bed early (for a change), you and your partner settled in for a binge session of House of Cards and takeout spicy tuna rolls. Plus microwave popcorn. And the remainder of a pan of brownies. 

Now it’s the morning after, and you’re paying the price with belly cramps and pain. That pain is going to mess with your day...and with your packed schedule, it’s the last thing you can afford.

What do you do?

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Sep
28
2015

How to Help Your Kid Deal with Crohn's or Colitis at School

Plus, tools to educate teachers about Inflammatory Bowel Disease

How to Help Your Kid Deal with Crohn's or Colitis at School

Back-to-school can be a tough time of transition for a lot of kids. Will my best friend be in my class? Will I like my new teacher? How much homework will I get this year? But for children who are also dealing with a chronic illness, back-to-school season can feel like a nightmare.

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Sep
15
2015

The Healthy Breakfast Option You May Be Overlooking

Why You Need to Give Your Kids a Healthy Start to their Day

The Healthy Breakfast Option You May Be Overlooking

Every day, you have an opportunity to give your kids a great start to their day. Yep, I’m talking about breakfast. Because mornings can be somewhat...chaotic, no matter how frenzied things get, you never want to skip that all-important first meal of the day. For one thing, breakfast fills kids with energy and helps them be productive and focused all day long. 

Here are some of the other benefits of breakfast:

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Jul
09
2015
Here's Why Is Drinking Enough Water Such a Big Deal

Most moms know they should be getting more water than they are currently taking in. In fact, studies show that 52 percent of us aren't drinking enough water. But do you know exactly WHY it’s important? And do you know how much you should be getting?

First, let’s talk about the why. Here are three big things water does for you:

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May
25
2015

Is It Pink Eye? Or Something Else?

What You Need to Know About Eye Injuries and Infections

What You Need to Know About Eye Injuries and Infections

As I write this article, I have to pause and put eye drops in my left eye because — in a display of strange coincidence — I happen to be dealing with my own case of conjunctivitis as we speak. The infection was gleaned from my snuggly 5 year-old’s pillow as I lay down with him the other night when he first came down with his most recent virus. It’s ironic, perhaps. But it’s also just life.

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Mar
16
2015

Could Your Child Have Arthritis?

Know the Warning Signs and Symptoms

Could Your Child Have Arthritis?

It’s not unusual for a parent to bring a young child in to see me because of a sore leg, or a sore arm, or a limp that seems to have appeared from nowhere. It often turns out the kid had an awkward landing on the trampoline, or a tumble off the climbing equipment at school, and it’s nothing worse than a strain. I might do an X-ray to be sure, but when the symptoms go away in short order and nothing more comes of it, we chalk it up to regular childhood stuff.

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Mar
05
2015
In my practice, I have noticed a huge increase in the popularity of IUDs (Intra-Uterine Device) as a birth control option. More and more women are coming in asking about it, and are deciding to go for it. You may have a girlfriend or two who already has an IUD – and there’s a good chance she raves about it. Word-of-mouth has been a major factor in the growing numbers of IUD users. Truth be told, it’s an excellent option for contraception. At the same time, there are a few issues that commonly hold women back.

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Mar
03
2015

Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Important Information To Consider Before You Get Pregnant

Multiple Sclerosis And Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that can affect many areas of a person’s life—not the least of which is pregnancy.

A few years ago I had a patient who had recently been diagnosed with MS. She was a young woman in her thirties who had not yet had children. As she began treatment with her neurologist, one of her first questions was: what’s going to happen when I want to get pregnant?

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Feb
06
2015
You’ve probably heard about the current measles outbreak that started in Disneyland. Scary, right? I’m a doctor and a mother, and I admit I’m worried about this outbreak from both those perspectives. 
 
Trouble is, much of the fear surrounding this thing is morphing into anger. It’s getting ugly out there. Online and in the media, there seems to be an awful lot of yelling, accusing, shaming, and blaming.

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Jan
29
2015

Pregnant? 12 Things to Know for Your First Prenatal Visit

A Doctor Tells You What to Expect - and ask - at Your First Appointment

Emotional reactions to a positive pregnancy test tend to be dramatic: whether you’re feeling excited, terrified, shocked (or a combination of all of the above), lukewarm reactions are generally not a thing in this situation.
 
So take a deep breath. Then pick up the phone to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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Oct
21
2014
colours of mucus

Last year was a banner year in the Foster household: the months of September and October alone saw us through at least six different cold viruses between my two boys. I’m expecting a similar showing this year. After only one week back in preschool—as if on cue—my 4-year-old developed a runny nose.

And so it begins.

If you’re a mom, I know you’ve wiped a tiny red nose or two. And I’m almost positive you’ve glanced at the contents of that tissue. Have you ever wondered what it means?

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Sep
22
2014

Sandwich Generation Moms: Why You Need To Book An Eye Exam

A quick yet powerful way to take care of your health

Sandwich Generation Moms: Why You Need To Book An Eye Exam

When I say “sandwich generation” you know what I mean, right? I’m talking about those of us who are jammed in between young kids to raise and aging parents to care for.

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Aug
20
2014

Do You Have A Thyroid Problem?

tired? depressed? Muffin-top-ish?

Thyroid disorders are common. You probably know people with thyroid issues (including yours truly), and you might have wondered on occasion if your thyroid is behaving itself. Most people have heard that a poorly functioning thyroid can make you feel tired and cause you to gain weight. And let’s face it, who doesn’t struggle with those issues? So...maybe it’s your thyroid?

Well, it’s possible. But first things first.

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Jul
29
2014

Solutions To Common Breastfeeding Dilemmas

from painful nipples to breast infections

Breastfeeding is a wonderful, healthy, beautiful thing...but don't ever let anyone tell you it's easy. When I had my first baby, even though I had several years of medical training behind me, I was shocked to discover that breastfeeding didn't come perfectly naturally. I actually had to work at it. I had to think about it. A lot. I had to read, experiment, and eventually see a lactation consultant who helped me figure the whole thing out.

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Jul
23
2014

7 Health Benefits Of Yoga

an ancient route to health and happiness

I’m a huge fan of yoga. I routinely prescribe it, for everything from back pain to insomnia. My love for yoga is personal, but it’s also professional. And the best part? It’s backed up by a whole lot of research.

Here are some of the ways yoga can make you healthier and happier:

1. Yoga can help treat depression.

There are many reasons yoga is a wonderful adjunctive or alternative therapy for depression. It’s stress-relieving, promotes mindfulness, and is a good form of exercise—strategies known to improve depression.

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Jun
25
2014
bedwetting phase

Does your kid wet the bed? If you’re like most parents, you've chalked it up to a normal phase your child will eventually outgrow. And you're probably right. But how do you know if it’s something more than that. How do you know if it's something to be worried about?

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