Multiple Tree Nut Allergies: ‘The Second Wave’

a plate of almonds

These days it would be a rare occasion for people around a dinner table to not have allergies, sensitivities or intolerances to food. Celiac disease, lactose intolerance and peanut, tree nut, fish, egg and other allergies are a serious health concern – especially for kids.Where our lives and our children’s lives have been impacted the most is in the...

Toddlers and Tipping Furniture

child climbing up a dresser

Every year, hundreds of children suffer from serious head and internal injuries, suffocation and death due to furniture tip-overs.When flat screen televisions were introduced into households, older and often heavier television sets were often placed on furniture that cannot handle the weight or size. More than 70% of reported television tip-over accidents occurred to children from one to three-years-of-age. ...

‘Canada Water Agency‘ Established to Bolster Clean Water Challenges

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The Government of Canada launched the ‘Canada Water Agency’ to analyze and address critical issues of drought, floods and deteriorating water quality largely due to climate change."Through the Canada Water Agency, our government is looking to strengthen collaboration between the federal government, the provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, and other partners to find the best ways to safeguard our freshwater...

CDC: ‘New Waterborne Disease Challenges Have Emerged’

Dew Drops

In December 2020, the CDC disclosed that United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world; yet every year an estimated 7.2 million people get sick, 600,000 receive emergency department care, 120,000 require hospitalization and 7,000 people die at a cost of $3.3 billion in direct healthcare caused by pathogens in water systems.The Canadian Paediatric...

Christmas Season Safety

Snowman wishing everybody a Merry Christmas

Christmas season is one of the happiest times of the year. By avoiding potential hazards and paying close attention to safety tips for holidays, your home will be happy and safe. Beware of toxic holiday decorations. Mistletoe, holly berries, amaryllis, azalea, boxwood, Christmas rose, crown of thorns, English ivy and Jerusalem cherry are poisonous if swallowed. Old tinsel may contain lead. Wait...

Why Children Need Consistent Bedtimes!

teacher and children in a classroom

When school-aged children do not acquire a healthy bedtime routine, weariness and agitation can greatly affect their academic performance, physical growth and development. Some children need less sleep than others do, but if your children are having trouble getting up in the morning, chances are they’re not getting enough sleep.Lack of sleep can be problematic for parents and children.  Parents...

Colds, Fever and Flu: Getting the Facts Straight

young girl sick in bed

Now, more than ever before, children have an increased possibility of getting sick from a myriad of contagions.  COVID-19 and other viruses and flues may present with similar symptoms, so it can be difficult to diagnose your child’s illness and administer the right treatment and medication.In every case, a family doctor, physician or paediatrician will provide you with a...

Christmas Celebrations Around the World

Christmas Around the World

What could be more wonderful than to see the anticipation and excitement of Christmas through the eyes of a child? Here are some international Christmas family traditions that are passed on from generation to generation.  Enjoy!  Children receive presents from St. Niklaas who just happens to ride a horse.  On December 6th, children leave hay, carrots and water for the horse...

Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist! Do You Know What to Expect?

infant with bottom teeth just erupting

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (CAPD), a provider of diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic and consultative expertise for children, recommends a dental assessment within 6 months of the eruption of your child’s first tooth or by one year of age. Once baby teeth have erupted, they are susceptible to decay because formula, breast milk, cow's milk and fruit juices contain sugar...

Pets Benefit People So Many Ways!

six welsh corgi puppies

While adopting a pet is a big decision that requires careful consideration, the rewards are too numerous to mention – but I'll try. Parents will ultimately be responsible for the pet's health but once a commitment is made the benefits and positive experiences of a growing relationship between pets and children will be timeless, honoured and immeasurable.Pets help us to...