Ages & Stages - Baby

Spit up got you down?

Not to worry, writes Dr. Paul Roumeliotis – infant regurgitation is very common “Spitting up,” or regurgitation, is very common during a baby’s first few months of life. About 40 percent of normal, healthy babies spit up, usually right after […]

Spotting dyslexia early

Here’s how to recognize the signs of a learning disability   Sometimes the signs of a learning disability like dyslexia are easy to spot, and sometimes they’re not. According to a recent study conducted by Dyslexia Canada, only 30 percent […]

Choking hazards are everywhere

Prevention is best when it comes to choking and safety   Babies and young children can choke on virtually any object. Tragically, children have died from choking on things such as small balls, tiny toys, balloons, and plants. Babies and […]

Seeing red

  Diaper rash, or diaper dermatitis, is caused by prolonged exposure to wet or soiled diapers. The urine’s wet consistency causes the skin to be tender and become irritated or inflamed. Diaper rash can occur with snug-fitting diapers, either disposable […]

Precious cargo

Here’s what you need to know about your baby’s first car seat Becoming a parent for the first time requires many important decisions, including selecting a car seat that will carry your precious cargo safely. According to a 2018 survey, […]

Ages & Stages - Kids

Beyond please and thanks

Author of Manners and Me: An EasyPeasy Guide for Kids and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them, Nancy Dorrier gives the lowdown on minding your Ps and Qs Learning good manners is important because it helps us in our relationships and […]

‘My child is always sick’

The average child attending daycare will be sick a dozen times in the first year   Typically, as kids begin school or daycare, parents notice that their child is seemingly always sick. This is a very common complaint, and in […]

Spotting dyslexia early

Here’s how to recognize the signs of a learning disability   Sometimes the signs of a learning disability like dyslexia are easy to spot, and sometimes they’re not. According to a recent study conducted by Dyslexia Canada, only 30 percent […]

Raising kids in a cashless world

How do you talk to kids about money? By first understanding the way we handle money has changed, experts say Even if virtual transactions are the norm, teaching children to use cash provides the foundation for understanding a lifetime of […]

Five easy ways to bring the outdoor classroom to life

Spring is the time to head outdoors and embrace being an ‘outsider,’ Kris Kiser writes.  Green spaces promote outdoor living, contribute to our health and well-being, support wildlife, and offer a home playground for our children and pets. They also […]

Ages & Stages - Prenatal

Getting fit after baby

Fitness guru – and mother of four – Nikki Clarke helps get you in shape postpartum Daily movement is one of the most important things humans can do to keep themselves both physically and mentally strong, and this especially rings […]

Good sleep habits start at birth

Sleep problems – the most common complaints of new parents – should be addressed early, says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis   On average, most newborns sleep about 16.5 hours per day, but some may sleep as little as nine hours, and […]

Preparing for baby’s arrival

Baby proof your vehicle and your house before bringing the new arrival home It’s never too early to consider your child’s safety. Injuries are rarely accidents, in the sense that most injuries are preventable. Make your environment safer by removing […]

Protecting baby from whooping cough

(Photo of Dr. Paul Roumeliotis) Recent Canadian and American guidelines recommend that all pregnant women receive the pertussis vaccine during every pregnancy even if they have previously received this vaccine. This is to prevent whooping cough infection in the mother, […]

Ages & Stages - Toddler

Is your child having a challenging day?

Here are five ways to respond, writes Mark Borg, Jr.   Even if our kids are perfectly polite and well-behaved out in public, most will, at least occasionally, act out at home. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because our […]

‘My child is always sick’

The average child attending daycare will be sick a dozen times in the first year   Typically, as kids begin school or daycare, parents notice that their child is seemingly always sick. This is a very common complaint, and in […]

Spend 10 minutes outside

Getting outside can do much to boost your mood, productivity, and quality of life, Kris Kiser writes   A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside is good for our health and well-being. Exploring and appreciating nature – in our own […]

Start good oral health habits early

Good oral health is best learned young. When you smile, it says a lot about your overall wellness. Unfortunately, many people don’t take proper care of their mouth. In fact, gum disease – which is often caused by improper dental […]

Growing strong, healthy bones

School-aged kids 5 to 12 have special calcium requirements Children are adults under construction. So, their dietary needs are different from those of adults. Their diet must be geared for growth and normal development. In addition to proteins and fats, […]

Ages & Stages - Tweens & Teens

Looking ahead

Being prepared is the key to helping your daughter handle her first period Your daughter’s first period can be an exciting time for her, but it can also be a little scary. Everyone’s period is different, so being properly equipped […]

Dad's Corner

Tough choices

Parenting means making difficult decisions on behalf of your children, Chris Hunt shares I’m a reasonably well-adjusted adult male. Thus, like most reasonably well-adjusted adult males, I tend to keep my displays of openly weeping in public to the bare […]

Moving on

After more than two years as a dad columnist, James Gordon says goodbye How old were you when your memories really started to kick in?   I’m sure that moment is a little different for all of us. I remember […]

Christmas across the generations

As the years go by, the joy of the holiday season as stays the same, James Gordon writes Holidays are always a lot of fun for children, but for me, nothing compared to the excitement I had as a kid […]

One of everything

For Ottawa dad Chris Hunt, the magic of Christmases past and present provide fuel for the soul It was a mere minute past midnight and I was cowering in a stairwell.  Outside, the only thing colder than the black night […]

First-day fears

Columnist Chris Hunt spent his first day of kindergarten pining for his mom. Years later, he wonders if the same was in store for his toddler son I remember sitting in my first circle group on my first day of […]