Ages & Stages - Baby

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 […]

Jaundice explained

Commonly seen in newborn babies, jaundice normally goes away on its own Jaundice, technically known as hyperbilirubinemia, is quite commonly seen in newborn babies. It is the yellow colour of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess […]

Baby’s immunization records at your fingertips

CANImmunize app helps parents track vaccinations By Michelle Paradis, The Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab Between feeding, diaper changes, bath and play time, parents are busy with a newborn in the house. Whether you are a first-time parent or adding to […]

Ages & Stages - Kids

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 […]

Age-appropriate tasks to get your kids cooking

Whatever their age, there’s a job for every child One of the best ways to ensure kids eat a nutritious meal is to get them in the kitchen. But assigning age-appropriate tasks may be a challenge for parents. Emilia Heiman, […]

Tips for protecting your family from superbugs

Keep illnesses at bay this back to school season News articles and stories have been warning us about superbugs. They may be the boogeyman of healthcare, but they are very real. They develop when bacterial diseases become resistant to the […]

Ages & Stages - Prenatal

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 […]

Food safety crucial during pregnancy

Keep safe with four simple steps     When you’re pregnant, food safety is more important than ever because you and your unborn baby are at an increased risk of foodborne illness or food poisoning. Your immune system is weakened, […]

Travelling somewhere warm? Don’t bring ZIKA home

Pregnant couples should avoid travel to areas where Zika is present With families across Canada busy planning sunny holiday vacations to beat the winter blues, it’s a good time to take some precautions for safe travels. Wherever you plan to […]

Ages & Stages - Toddler

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 […]

Keeping slime safe

Here are some tips for parents of toddlers to keep slime borax-free If you ask an average three-year-old what makes slime a good slime, you might expect the response to include words like gooey, sticky, slimy and stretchy. Extra points […]

The unlikely culprit in your kitchen

Flour, which can be contaminated with bacteria, should only be consumed once cooked   Baking and arts and crafts are fun activities that the whole family can do together. However, they can involve an ingredient that can be contaminated with […]

Ages & Stages - Tweens & Teens

Dad's Corner

The other side of parenting

It’s not all smiles, coos and photo-worthy moments – and that’s OK, veteran dad James Gordon writes   Recently, my brother-in-law and his wife welcomed their first child into the world. It’s been an exciting time, and the arrival of […]

Super Mom

When Chris Hunt’s son needed help, Riley’s mother did what all good parents do – she put his needs first I didn’t see it. Truth be told, I thought everything was fine. But as my son sadly put his head […]

Universal debt

Like his father before him, Chris Hunt gladly makes sacrifices for his son It was the black hours of the early morning and I was shivering. Beside me, wrapped warmly in the blankets he’d ripped from me only moments before, […]

Meet the master

A meeting with his son’s teacher showed our columnist who was (really) the boss   Over the past six years, my son Riley has evolved into a master manipulator. An expert at getting what he wants, he shrewdly employs pleas, […]

Secondary drowning: a crucial water safety issue

Summer means more time around water, so be aware of these life-threatening signs and symptoms My favourite thing to do with my sons when the weather starts to heat up is to take them swimming. It’s not even close. Parks […]