Archive for September, 2011

Don’t use Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts, Health Canada warns

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

  By The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Health Canada is telling consumers not to buy a product called the Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belt, and to stop using it immediately if one has already been purchased.

The agency says that based on marketplace investigations, it’s believed the Baby Car Seat Carrier Safety Belts aren’t in Canadian stores, but they can be bought online through the shopping website.

The product doesn’t have the stamp of approval from Transport Canada, and hasn’t been certified to meet the safety requirements of the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations.

Health Canada has contacted the website and asked that it stop sale and distribution of the product, but hasn’t received a response from the company.

The agency is also working with the Canada Border Services Agency to stop the product from coming into the country.

In photos provided by Health Canada, the product appears to be made mostly of fabric and without the hard shell moulding that is typically found in baby car seats that have been approved by regulatory authorities.



A Healthy Pregnancy is in Your Hands

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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Bullying is not a normal part of growing up

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

What is bullying?

Bullying has had increasingly high profile in recent years as people have come to understand how deeply it can wound children — and how tragic the consequences can sometimes be. Bullying is defined as “wilful, repeated aggressive behaviour with negative intent used by a child to maintain power over another child.” The result is “a victimized child caught in an abusive relationship.”

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Chickenpox vaccine has saved lives

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

It’s always good news when I read research-based studies validating that vaccines are one of the most important advances in public health. Case in point: A recent article in Pediatrics entitled “Near Elimination of Varicella Deaths in the U.S. after Implementation of the Vaccination Program” confirmed how well a vaccine can work.

When I first started practicing, I saw many cases of varicella (chickenpox). My two oldest sons both had chickenpox and spent several days and long nights with fever and itching, and carry a few scars to show for their ordeal (I told them not to scratch!).

By the time my third son came along, the chickenpox vaccine was being administered in Japan and it was in trials in the U.S. But after witnessing a child die in 1994 from complications secondary to the disease, I became even more anxious for a vaccine to be approved.

At the time, many of my friends said, “What’s the big deal? It’s just chickenpox.” But they had not seen that perfectly healthy 2-year-old die in our office as five doctors tried to save him. His parents watched in bewilderment that their son could be so sick from “just the chickenpox.” I’ll never forget it.

I just wanted my youngest son to be vaccinated rather than deal with the anxiety that he could die from varicella. As it turned out, the vaccine was released shortly after our patient’s death, and my son received the first dose when it arrived! I’m sure the parents of the deceased child wished the vaccine had been available several months earlier.

This Pediatrics article looked at data from the 12 years since the vaccine was approved, indication a 97% reduction in varicella deaths among children and adolescents younger than 20. In the last 6 years of data analyzed (2002-2007) there were only three deaths among children ages 1-4 and 5-9, compared to 13-16 deaths for each age group during pre-vaccine years.

The study concluded that the “impressive decline in varicella deaths can be directly attributed to successful implementation of the 1-dose vaccine program.” Now that we’re routinely giving a second dose of varicella vaccine, it may be possible to eliminate all deaths secondary to chickenpox. Could there be any better news?

Vaccinate your children. It’s the best insurance there is.

Dr. Sue Hubbard is a pediatrician and co-host of “The Kid’s Doctor” radio show. Submit questions at

Building a positive relationship with your child’s teacher

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Teachers play an important role in your child’s life. Here are some tips to building a supportive relationship:

Lend helping hands. Parents able to volunteer in the classroom as required or on a school trip are welcome, says Rian McLaughlin, president of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation. “It also gives parents some perspective on classroom dynamics so they can be a partner in their child’s education,” she says.

Book a time to chat. Concerned about your son’s mark on a test or an incident that happened at recess? Avoid the temptation to drop in when picking him up from school and expect his teacher to have time to talk. “Respect teachers and let them know that you want to talk so they’re able to give you the appropriate amount of time,” says McLaughlin. “Showing up anxious, worried or concerned about something isn’t going to absolutely result in best resolution.”

Be a team player. Know what’s happening in your child’s school, be aware of test dates and assignment due dates.

Keep teachers in the loop. Letting the teacher know about things going on in the family - such as divorce or serious illness - allows him to offer support and understanding. “A child might lose a grandparent or beloved pet and may not want to talk about it but a teacher may notice a change in behaviour or ability to focus,” says McLaughlin.

Don’t tattle. If you have an issue with a teacher, address it immediately rather than let it brew. “Talk face to face rather than over the phone unless it’s an immediate concern,” says Prasow. “You’ve heard your child’s side of the story - what’s your teacher’s view?”

Be diplomatic and courteous. Arrive at your appointment prepared to have a conversation rather than a confrontation. Prasow recommends using phrases like, “Help me understand,” or “My son was worried about. After the meeting, write the teacher a note to thank her for her time.

Assume good intentions. “Teachers got into the business because they care,” says McLaughlin. “Go to your appointment with the assumption that they want a productive, progressive, pleasant and supportive environment for your child because it’s better for them to work in as well.” If you’re unable to resolve the matter, then bring in the vice principal or principal.

Maintain professional boundaries. Avoid the temptation to become too friendly. “As a parent, you’re a friendly colleague in a child’s education,” says McLaughlin. “Maintaining professional boundaries keeps things much clearer for everyone. Ultimately, you want to be fair for your child’s so keeping the uniqueness of each role distinct is best.”

Offer positive feedback. Prasow encourages teachers to regularly connect with parents to share achievements through a phone call or note. Teachers also appreciate feedback, such as letting them know you enjoyed reading their monthly newsletter.

Article by

LINDA WHITE, Special to QMI Agency

First posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2020 09:00 AM EDT

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

now until Monday September 5 | Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Toronto

Saturday, September 3 - Sunday, September 4 | Port Perry Fair

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