Ages & Stages - Baby

Choking hazards are everywhere

Prevention is best when it comes to choking and safety   Babies and young children can choke on virtually any object. Tragically, children have died from choking on things such as small balls, tiny toys, balloons, and plants. Babies and […]

Seeing red

  Diaper rash, or diaper dermatitis, is caused by prolonged exposure to wet or soiled diapers. The urine’s wet consistency causes the skin to be tender and become irritated or inflamed. Diaper rash can occur with snug-fitting diapers, either disposable […]

Precious cargo

Here’s what you need to know about your baby’s first car seat Becoming a parent for the first time requires many important decisions, including selecting a car seat that will carry your precious cargo safely. According to a 2018 survey, […]

Talk to your kids

The first few years of life are very important for a baby’s long-term development. During this time, the growing brain is constantly forming new connections that will serve as a foundation for future lifelong health and wellness, learning ability and […]

Top five reasons to vaccinate your child

Making informed decisions about vaccinations can help your child – and those around you Becoming a parent brings happiness and excitement, but also periods of doubt and worry. We all want what’s best for our children and to make the […]

Ages & Stages - Kids

Raising kids in a cashless world

How do you talk to kids about money? By first understanding the way we handle money has changed, experts say Even if virtual transactions are the norm, teaching children to use cash provides the foundation for understanding a lifetime of […]

Five easy ways to bring the outdoor classroom to life

Spring is the time to head outdoors and embrace being an ‘outsider,’ Kris Kiser writes.  Green spaces promote outdoor living, contribute to our health and well-being, support wildlife, and offer a home playground for our children and pets. They also […]

The true value of extracurricular activities

Classes, lessons not only enrich children’s lives, but increase confidence, Jen Traplin writes “I just don’t want to put my face underwater!”   It was the same line, delivered at the same time, every single week. From the backseat on […]

Avoid giving fruit juice to children, experts say

Parents may be surprised to hear that 100 percent fruit juice has the same potential harmful effects as soft drinks A study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity in 2015 concluded that children who regularly consumed 100 percent fruit juice […]

Winter health myths – busted

Forget everything you know about cold weather and your well-being There are endless winter health myths that we have heard from well intentioned grandparents and parents. They have become so ingrained in us that we take them as cold hard […]

Ages & Stages - Prenatal

Good sleep habits start at birth

Sleep problems – the most common complaints of new parents – should be addressed early, says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis   On average, most newborns sleep about 16.5 hours per day, but some may sleep as little as nine hours, and […]

Preparing for baby’s arrival

Baby proof your vehicle and your house before bringing the new arrival home It’s never too early to consider your child’s safety. Injuries are rarely accidents, in the sense that most injuries are preventable. Make your environment safer by removing […]

Protecting baby from whooping cough

(Photo of Dr. Paul Roumeliotis) Recent Canadian and American guidelines recommend that all pregnant women receive the pertussis vaccine during every pregnancy even if they have previously received this vaccine. This is to prevent whooping cough infection in the mother, […]

Protecting baby’s hearing

We are well aware of the effects of second-hand smoke on others, especially young children, including the effects of smoking during pregnancy on the unborn baby. If a mother smokes during a pregnancy, her baby is directly exposed to toxins. […]

Coming home

What to expect when bringing baby home Many first-time – and even experienced – parents may admit that they’re unsure about how to properly care for and ensure the health and wellness of their new baby. I firmly believe that […]

Ages & Stages - Toddler

Spend 10 minutes outside

Getting outside can do much to boost your mood, productivity, and quality of life, Kris Kiser writes   A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside is good for our health and well-being. Exploring and appreciating nature – in our own […]

Start good oral health habits early

Good oral health is best learned young. When you smile, it says a lot about your overall wellness. Unfortunately, many people don’t take proper care of their mouth. In fact, gum disease – which is often caused by improper dental […]

Growing strong, healthy bones

School-aged kids 5 to 12 have special calcium requirements Children are adults under construction. So, their dietary needs are different from those of adults. Their diet must be geared for growth and normal development. In addition to proteins and fats, […]

Get your kids outside this winter

Bundling up and heading outdoors in the cold weather can spark creativity in your toddler, Kris Kiser writes Parents and guardians may be tempted to dial back outdoor activities for kids when cold temperatures arrive, but playing outside is good […]

Ages & Stages - Tweens & Teens

Dad's Corner

First-day fears

Columnist Chris Hunt spent his first day of kindergarten pining for his mom. Years later, he wonders if the same was in store for his toddler son I remember sitting in my first circle group on my first day of […]

A tree grows in Stittsville

Columnist James Gordon – and his sons – fondly recall their first days of school     It’s funny, the way our minds work sometimes. Ask me literally anything about what happened two days ago, and I wouldn’t get much […]

Should you get a vasectomy?

Getting a vasectomy is a big decision for several reasons.   Most significantly, in the vast majority of cases – rare reversals aside – it means your family is done growing for good.   For a lot of men, there’s […]

Trust me

His son’s summer adventures bring back memories of growing up for columnist Chris Hunt The fear was there.   My son laughed as he ran along his grandparent’s dock on the Ottawa River, but I knew what would happen once he […]

Dream on

Columnist James Gordon supports, encourages his sons as they pursue their passions on the ice As the weather heats up and people hit the sunny outdoors after an excruciatingly long and cold spring, I know where I’ll be: freezing my […]