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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
(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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Heading off to post-secondary school is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful.
A recent report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer revealed an unmet need to better understand how cancer manifests itself among adolescents and young adults.
No one welcomes a cancer diagnosis, but for adolescents and young adults it’s particularly traumatic.
With these four easy tips, your teen can get that new room they’ve been asking for and you can save a bit of time and money.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]