Child Health

How To Get Your Child To Sleep Through The Night

Michele Kambolis | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Michele Kambolis

The connection between children's sleep and their overall brain health is undeniable. Without the requisite 10 to 12 hours of sleep recommended by The Canadian Pediatric Society (most children are getting only nine), schoolchildren aren't just facing a cranky day -- if the problem continues long-term, their development is at risk. Their brains will lack the rest needed to grow optimally, their insulin levels and metabolism may become imbalanced, and their immune functions can become compromised.

How Baby Formula Companies Undermine Breastfeeding

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Parents
Nicole Letourneau

Promoting a breastfeeding culture should not be seen as an affront to women who, for whatever reason, choose to formula feed their babies. We live in a society where multiple approaches are respected. BFI does not advocate one size fits all, rather it advocates promoting the best evidence so everyone can make the most informed decisions about baby feeding.

Canada Still Won't Ban Unsafe Triclosan From Your Family Products

Ecojustice | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

Triclosan: You may have never heard of it, but chances are that you and your family use products that contain it regularly. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that it is harmful to the environment and humans - especially children. And it doesn't work particularly well.

Jamie Oliver 'Excited' To Discuss Child Health With Trudeau

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Parents

The celebrity chef is hoping to meet Justin Trudeau later this week.

Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.

How Canadians Are Making A Difference In Cambodia

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal. This is the second of three parts.

Smart Ways To Protect Your Child's Eyes From Smart Screens

Yasmeen Syed | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Yasmeen Syed

We all know that consistently staring at a screen for long periods of time can have short-term and long-term impacts on our eyes. When our kids are young we can control their screen time, but as our children age, we have less power over the time they spend on screen-based devices. The question is: How can we protect our kids' eyes?

5 Ways To Help A Mom in Need This Mother's Day

Megan Radford | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Radford

We all have stories of moms who've gone to extraordinary lengths to provide for and protect their children. But we all need a little help sometimes, and often, the most courageous thing many of us can do is ask for it. This Mother's Day, World Vision is asking you to consider helping a mother in need. She might be your next-door-neighbor, or a woman on the other side of the world.

Let's Dare To Dream Of A World Of Healthy Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

I was fortunate to have a happy, healthy childhood. I had nutritious food, a comfortable home, and an endless supply of clean water. But on World Health Day April 7, I think of children whose experiences couldn't be more different than mine.

The Federal Government Must Keep Its Promise To End Income Splitting

Avram Denburg | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Avram Denburg

income splitting primarily benefits middle- and upper-income families, provides relatively little tax relief for low-income families and skirts single parents altogether. Just as importantly, it acts to deter both parents from equal engagement in the workforce and devalues family policies that promote dual engagement.

Let's recognize the Impact of Vitamin A on World Sight Day

Marion Roche | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

October 8 is World Sight Day. As I reflect on World Sight Day 2015's call to action: "Eye care for all", I'm struck by how much Canadians have already contributed towards one key aspect of eye care -- preventing blindness.

As An Actress, I Saw Real-Life Drama in Kenya

World Vision | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This winter, I was invited to travel to Africa with World Vision. It was a chance that I couldn't pass up. I had just turned 30 and had been through many things which had changed my life. I wanted to do more to focus on others, to help, and to widen my vision of this world.

8 Things Parents Should Know About Enterovirus D-68

The Huffington Post Canada | CBC | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

Enterovirus D-68 has already spread to 10 U.S. states and sent hundreds of children to hospital. And now the respiratory virus has been confirmed to h...

8 Things Parents Should Know About Enterovirus D-68

The Huffington Post Canada | CBC | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Enterovirus D-68 has already spread to 10 U.S. states and sent hundreds of children to hospital. And now the respiratory virus has been confirmed to h...

Protecting Our Children From the Violence on the News

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Given that homicide, suicide and trauma are leading causes of childhood death, it is crucial to address how adults can serve as facilitators for children as they become exposed to some of the most pressing issues of our time, where in 2014 alone millions of children have been affected.

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

Canada's Medical System Needs to Better Integrate Aboriginal Patients

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Amitha Kalaichandran

The medical community and many others were rocked after the ruling that an 11-year old girl from Six Nations named "J.J." was not in "need of protection" from her parents who had opted out of continuing very efficacious chemotherapy for her cancer treatment. This ruling sets an unfortunate precedent by encouraging a two-tier system of medical care for aboriginal children, who already have poor access to the social determinants of health.

How to Save Women and Children

Stephen Cornish | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

To support children as they grow into adulthood, it's essential that we make lifesaving vaccines affordable for families in poor and middle-income countries the world over. Only then will the world's generosity truly be in line with its objectives.

Honouring Mothers With More Than Good Intentions

Marion Roche | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

For Rosario, listening to people and involving them in the initiatives that they identify as important is a given when you see people as the key agents of change in their own lives. This is something she learned to do many years ago.

Stop Your Kid From Getting the Spring Flu

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

If there is one thing we know for sure about day care, it is that it is crawling in germs of great density and diversity. Despite the new flowers and warmer weather, the germs and colds appear to be providing one final hurrah as we usher spring through the door. Here's how to boost your child's immune system.

10 Ways to Get Your Family Healthy

Jenna Em | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

This year I resolved to get my family more healthy and active, by employing 10 simply strategies. I had taken inventory of my family's daily nutrition, and realized that there was room for improvement in both the quality and quantity of food that my family consumed. So here are the 10 simple strategies.

Celebrating Save the Children Day

Patricia Erb | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Today is World Food Day. Every child has a right to food. I recently returned from Bangladesh where I lead a group of Canadian supporters as we visited maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition programs. The trip once again demonstrated to me how sustainable change requires the engagement of donor and local government, communities, and civil society.

Think About The Children, Paediatricians Say

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments should be doing more to promote the health and safety of children and youth, says t...

Our Health System Is Failing Our Children

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 11.09.2011 | Canada
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

One young doctor had to examine a sick child in a dim apartment because the electricity had been cut off. She said she'd never again do an assessment or write a prescription without wondering if paying for the antibiotic might mean no food on the table.