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Children, Babies and Electrical Injuries

FAM, health By November 20, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Electrical ShocksElectrical shocks are no laughing matter. They can kill.  The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) publishes more than 700 standards related to electrical products. From fuses to refrigerators, many of these codes are designed to improve safety in the home. Chief amongst these is the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code), which published its 21st edition in early 2009. Read our electrical saftey tips below. 


H1N1 Information for Pregnant Women

FAM, health By October 7, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In June, there were reports that the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was especially dangerous for pregnant women. The concern is not that pregnant women are more likely to contract this particular strain of the flu, but rather that they are more likely than the average person to have serious complications should they contract H1N1. As a result of this phenomenon, there is a need to vaccinate pregnant women. However, now that the vaccine is soon to be available, there are questions about whether it is safe for pregnant women.

Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

FAM, health By October 4, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Dressing up, wearing hats, makeup and funny hair is such a great time for children and parents, not to mention the treats that go along with this fun night. Though with all the fun and good times that are about to be had, it’s really important that safety be number one when getting your kids ready to head out with you to Trick or Treat. has some simple Halloween trick or treating tips for tots that will keep the night fun and safe for everyone.

Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

  • Ensure that your costumes are flame retardant and that they are loose enough to wear warmer clothing underneath.
  • Masks can really obstruct a child’s vision face painting is a safer option.
  • Wear reflectors, the Dollar Stores are great for the neon ones that form into necklaces and bracelets plus, your kids will love to wear them!
  • Flashlights will help the children see and be seen more clearly
  • Feed your kids an early nutritious meal and make sure they are properly hydrated for the walk, little legs get tired out fast so stick close to home
  • We live on the coast people, it’s ok to carry an umbrella
  • Keep to well lit sidewalks and always remember to walk not run
  • Wear proper shoes, the princess shoes are adorable but clearly not a great choice for a long walk!
  • Don’t let your kids eat any treats before you get home and have a chance to sample, I mean look them over. There is only a tiny chance that your candy has been tampered with but “when in doubt, throw it out”!

Decorating for holidays can be tricky when you have little ones around. Take a look at the tips below provided by Safe Kids Canada and remember HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

When decorating your home:

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let your child draw a face on the pumpkin.
  • Make your home safe for trick or treaters. Remove all objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn your outside light on.
  • Avoid using candles to decorate pumpkins. Small inexpensive flashlights can be used to light pumpkins safely.
  • Keep lit candles out of children’s reach and away from curtains and other objects that could catch fire.


Down Syndrome Today

FAM, health By October 1, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

It’s a whole new world for children born with Down syndrome (also known as Down’s syndrome–both are correct). In the past, a child born with the chromosomal disorder may have faced a life of exclusion, ridicule and perhaps even institutionalization. We did not understand the disorder and humans unfortunately tend to isolate and ostracize that which we do not understand.


What is the Best Way to start Brushing my Baby’s Teeth?

baby, FAM, health By September 15, 2009 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Many parents ask – what is the best way to start brushing my baby’s teeth? Well we have some answers for you!

Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears.  Use a soft, baby toothbrush with just a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste.  Brush twice a day; brushing before bed is especially important.  Don’t miss brushing where the teeth and gums meet!  Lift your baby’s lip regularly to check for white or brown spots on their teeth. Look closely along the gum line.  Call your dentist if you notice anything unusual.  Take your baby to see a dentist once their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.


Kid's First Aid Kit

FAM, health By August 24, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

Summertime! The park! The beach! The campground! Uh oh! The bee sting! The sunburn! The knee scrape! Summer brings lots of outdoor fun but also the possibility of outdoor injuries. No need to keep the kids inside, just follow these environmentally-friendly tips. Recommended products are available at Whole Foods Market.

choosing the right sunscreen for your family

Choosing the best sunscreen for your family

FAM, health By June 16, 2009 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

Choosing the best sunscreen for your family isn’t easy. The number of brands – new and old – packing the shelves seems endless and researchers are constantly churning out new findings on what ingredients are deemed ‘good’ and ‘bad’ for our health. For safe, effective protection for your family, here are 7 tips to keep in mind when choosing your sunscreen this summer, from eco boutique Lavish & Lime.


Guilty as Charged: Becoming Your Child's Best Bet

FAM, health By March 16, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Guilt – that feeling as a parent that hangs over you at times, feeling inadequate and sometimes lost, wondering if you really are the answer to your child’s needs. If somehow you could only find the right parenting book that could show you the way through and provide the answers, because really, something must be terribly wrong if you feel so guilty?  Right?