Health and wellbeing

Sun safety and kids

SUN SAFETY Everything You Need to Know About Protecting Your Kids From the Sun A variation of this story ran in Today’s Parent online. Read it here It’s almost that time of year again – when parents line the sunscreen aisle scratching their heads over SPF ratings, and worrying about what types of unpronounceable chemicals might be leaching into their kids’ skin at the beach. Figuring out how best to protect our children from the sun can seem daunting, partly…

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On unexpected c-sections

What I wish I’d known about having a c-section   It was the labour that would never end, and the baby that would never descend. No amount of walking, exercise balling, hypnobirthing, and pitocin-ing was working, and after four days (FOUR!) my midwives, husband and I finally waved the white flag. I remember a doctor standing at the foot of my bed while they prepped the OR, and asking, “Do you have any questions?” I shook my head no. What…

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Kids and food allergies

FOOD ALLERGIES When Feeding Your Kid Can Feel Like Playing Russian Roulette By Kristen Thompson. Originally published in The Toronto Star, Oct. 4 2015. Read online here. Any new parent will likely agree to at least these two universal truths: you want to do what’s best for your kid, and what’s best is often subjective. Most people will tell you just to go with your gut, but what happens when your gut is the problem? This is the conundrum for…

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It’s not about just your child

Why vaccination should be mandatory for kids – Original post on metronews.ca here – Ready for your daily dose of controversy? I believe strongly in childhood vaccinations. Wait, I’m not done. I believe they should be mandatory. I can feel thousands of readers bristling right now. This is a sensitive topic because most of us love our children, and most of us want what is best for them. But that doesn’t mean we are always acting in their best interest.…

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C-section blues

When your body lets you down I couldn’t give birth to my daughter. I tried, the midwives tried, the on-call doctor tried, the drugs tried. Even the hippie new-age hypnosis tracks tried. But for some reason, after days of painful prodromal labour, my body just wasn’t going to send my daughter down the birth canal. So I had a C-section. I should feel blessed. I think of all the women who’ve had trouble conceiving, or who had rough deliveries or…

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