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We tend to take our eyes for granted. We often ignore the beauty of a sunset and don't think about all the nerves and muscles at play when we blink or focus on small print. The fact of the matter is t...
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Recognizing red flags early and starting appropriate treatment can mean the difference between life and death for kids in emergency care.
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It's all about the length of your telomeres.
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Why do we allow our young people to be continuously bombarded with the opposite of good eating messages and then expect them to grow up with healthy eating habits? It's time we added food and beverage advertising to the list of protections we afford our children and teenagers.
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Parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers her advice.
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Let's dispel these misunderstandings once and for all.
As a mom and doctor, I want to ensure my kids and your kids are as safe as possible, as often as possible. I work in a busy emergency room and from time to time have the responsibility of caring for unlucky children who accidentally ingest caregiver's medications, sometimes with dire consequences.
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Many parents are still confused about when antibiotics are needed for kids, study says.
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Researchers saw vast improvements to the kids' blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
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The more kids learn about food, where it comes from and how to prepare it, the more likely they are to be healthy eaters and have a healthy relationship with food. Get kids involved in cooking even if it's as simple as stirring or helping choose ingredients. Kids love to try foods they helped make!
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Healthy eating has long been my passion. I've educated Canadians on nutrition and how to create delicious, well-balanced meals for over 20 years. My interest in spreading this important message stemmed from wanting to improve my health so I could be the role model for my family and for them to learn healthy eating practices.
The glaring gaps in drug coverage for Canadian children are made stranger by the economic dimensions of the issue. Children's health care represents a drop in the ocean of health care budgets -- extending universal drug coverage to children would constitute a small fraction of total pharmaceutical spending.
Becoming more conscious of and admitting to existing or developing problems is a necessary first step to adopting behavioral changes for nutritional health as well as successful weight management. It is important to find a good balance from early on.
A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.
With summer in full force, and many of us playing outside each day, we need to make sure we protect our skin to prevent sun damage. Unfortunately, even one burn can double your child's lifetime risk of serious skin cancer. One burn!
Summer is the perfect time for kids to get outside and exercise. But with video games, cell phones and the TV calling their name, how do you get your kids excited about physical activity? In the video...
According to Gregory Tasian, a pediatric doctor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, kidney stones are on the rise in kids by as much as six per cent each year. Find out why.
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Want Another National Holiday And Long Weekend? Whether you're a child or an adult, living a healthy lifestyle is so important -- but getting outside and being active isn't just about the exercise, it...
ummer is a great time for reading. In fact, encouraging child literacy is a very key part of healthy child development. We also know that reading is a great option to avoid excessive screen time; children under the age of two should have no screen time at all, and limited amounts as they get older.
Evidence shows, and I find to be true, that same-sex parents tend to be highly motivated, involved, and committed, as they "chose" to be parents and often did a lot of work to become parents. Same-sex parents rarely become pregnant by accident, compared with approximately 50 per cent of accidental pregnancies among heterosexual partners. Children of gay parents may have advantages in open-mindedness, tolerance and equality, though of course many kids of heterosexual parents may have the same.
Summer is the season where accidents, particularly in children, are more frequent. Many of these accidents can be prevented and a number of pediatric advocacy groups and children's hospitals have created information around prevention strategies.
I have a confession to make to all of you -- I am a collector of strollers. It started pretty innocently. When Dyl was born we bought a travel system, our car seat snaps into the stroller and the base lives in the car. But over time we realized the stroller was big and it took up valuable real estate in our trunk. Thus, began the collection.
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In February 2015, a poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed that two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend school or daycare if their immunizations are not fully up to date. Interestingly, the country is divided.
ParticipACTION unveiled their 2015 Report Card On Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results are pathetic, with a D- for overall physical activity, in part because just nine per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet daily recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
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May is masturbation month. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings.
How is it even possible that she could be so pregnant and not even know? Well actually, this happens often enough. I personally have two patients who share a similar story. It is possible to grow another person inside you and not even know, if the right set of circumstances apply.
Food trends are constantly changing be it: Paleo, vegan, low fat, low carb, raw and alkaline, there are many options to choose from. Adults may be jumping on the band-wagon, but are these food fads safe for children?
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Many parents worry about how the new baby will change the family dynamic that everyone is used to. These are some things we did before and during those first few weeks that I think helped make that transition a success.
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It is easy to catch measles by inhaling the droplets or touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces. So remember proper hand hygiene is critical to your protection of both measles but is also good practice to prevent common colds and other viruses.
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On a warm July night this year I was one of the many staff working at Sick Kids when I was witness to a parents' worst nightmare, the preventable death of a child struck by a van on a Toronto street. There is an absolute necessity to teach and re-teach our children and their caregivers about road safety.
TORONTO - While many Canadian kids play sports and have access to parks and playgrounds, a new report has given them a D minus grade when it comes to physical activity targets.For the first time, Acti...
It's time to stop and question your family's reliance on the car. Yes, many of us live in suburbs or rural areas where destinations tend to be spread out, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to choose people power as an option. It may be easier to incorporate more steps into your day than you realize, if you just take a look at where you have to be in a week.