• Would you let your child play in the dirt, chew on a toy used by another child, or eat food that fell on the floor? In today's sanitized climate - where things like antibacterial soaps, lotions, portable gels, and handwipes fly off the drugstore shelves - we're more aware of germs today than ever before.

  • Childhood vaccines are a controversial topic. Public Health Agency of Canada assures that most vaccines in Canada do not use thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative thought to be linked to autism.

  • Are cough and cold medications for children safe? Learn about some frequently asked questions about these products for children.

  • Planning for storage of blood cord cells Expectant parents who want to save their child's cord blood stem cells have 2 options available to them. Based on an informed decision, they can: store the cord blood for their own family usage (a fee is charged for this service), or donate the cord blood to be utilized by the general population (similar to blood donations given to the Canadian Blood Services), free of charge.

  • Oral rehydration solutions consist of a combination of salts, water, and sugar and are used to replenish fluids and electrolytes that have been lost due to diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Constipation is common in children, but there are a few things you can do to prevent it from happening.

  • Children are more prone to burns because they have thinner skin, which burns more quickly than adult skin. There are many things you can do to safeguard your child from dangers in and around the home.

  • Research on cord blood stem cells and a look into the future Several areas of research are actively underway to answer the following questions: What is the minimum dose of stem cells per kilogram of body weight required for a successful graft? What is the potential for increasing the number of umbilical cord blood stem cells in the laboratory? Are cord blood stem cells the best cells to use for gene therapy? Complete this questionnaire to help decide if you wish to save your child's cord blood.

  • Should parents worry if their child likes to suck their thumb?

  • Why do we cry? Does shedding a tear or two lift our spirits or make us feel even worse? These and other tearful tales will be told.

  • Most of our actions have costs as well as benefits. Although you know that smoking is bad for your health, do you know all the different types of problems caused by smoking? Before you take that first puff, what's it going to cost you? Let's say you start smoking at age 13 (some do) and smoke an average of 25 cigarettes every day.

  • The temperature reading you get on your thermometer depends on the body area you measure from. This chart shows the normal temperature readings for different body sites.

  • Children and teens start smoking for many reasons, but the most common is peer influence. It's important for parents and caregivers to talk openly about the risks and concerns with smoking and to keep the dialogue going through the teen years.

  • In 2008-9, according to the Youth Smoking Survey, 22% of youth in grades 6 through 9 and 48% in grades 10 to 12 reported having tried a tobacco product at least once. 3% of those in grades 6 through 9 and 13% of those in grades 10 through 12 reported being current smokers. So why are so many kids and teens smoking?

  • A child's biting behaviour can turn from light-hearted to habitual if not handled quickly and appropriately.

  • Find out which temperature-taking method will give you the most accurate measurement of your child's temperature.

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