You may have seen a couple of photos of my friend Melanie's little girl on the blog over the last few months as she has shared a couple of posts on my blog. What you might not know is that her daughter has Williams Syndrome. If you haven't heard of Williams Syndrome you are not alone. This rare genetic condition that is only seen in 1 in 18,000 births. The
6 Important Life Stages of Dental Health My youngest daughter just turned one *insert sad sigh here* and she only has 3 teeth. Her first one came around 8 months of age, on the later side of normal (anytime around 6-9 months baby teeth can emerge) and that means it's off to the dentist we go! The thought of the first dental visit is daunting, but they say an infant should
As parents we are always trying set a good example for our kids. We work hard to teach them right from wrong, how to be polite, and set them on the road to success. Milestones like taking their first steps and learning to write their name are celebrated. But along the way, we sometimes forget one thing that is critical to your child's success and future health.
"Mommy my hands hurt." A simple statement from my son mid-winter. However when I looked at his hands to investigate it didn't look very simple at all. It seems like almost overnight he went from having nice soft "baby" skin to red and chapped his hands. Having never really shown to have sensitive skin before this year, his hands have shown their true colors.
The vaccine landscape for protecting yourself from the flu has changed this year. The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine is now available for children between 5-17 years old at participating pharmacies. Here is what you need to know about the nasal flu vaccine that is more widely available this year: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine 1 – No Needles – No need
I’m not sure what the secret ingredient is in your home sweet home, but mine made sweet by all the loving friends and family inside. It’s the moments and milestones, the holidays and the memories. This past year, this has been put to the test as a dear member of our family has undergone treatment at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Initially it seemed
When it comes to the flu there is no end to the old wives tales around trying to keep the flu at bay and stay healthy during the winter. Working in a hospital I have had many people ask my opinion about the flu shot or share "tales" with me. However I like to base my opinions on facts, not hearsay. Here are some common myths about the flu shot - BUSTED! Myth #1 -
No matter how hard you try sometimes you may still find yourself sick. Blame it on the kids bringing home germs from school or that guy sitting across from you on the train sneezing everywhere. It is nearly impossible to protect yourself 100% of the time from cold and flu viruses. For the times we do end up sick, it is important to be part of the solution to stop
We all know that taking care of our teeth is very important, but there are still many unknown dangers associated with poor oral health that extend beyond just cavities. And with Halloween just behind us and Christmas coming there are lots of sweet treats everywhere. Our oral health can have a great impact on our quality of life such as: Oral pain, missing teeth and
I have got a flu shot every year since 2005 - I was still in graduate school at the time, but my lab and office were located in a hospital. While I HATE needles, the thought of making a patient sick by touching the same elevator button or door handle didn't seem fair. By protecting myself, I was helping to protect them too. Plus it didn't hurt that they were giving out
So has anyone else has already had the cold or flu sweep through their house this year? *Raises Hand* With going back to work in September, and the kids going back to school/daycare full time we are all being exposed to a whole new host of viruses. While taking precautions not to get sick is important, there are going to be times that no matter how hard we try the germs are
Yesterday I posted about why I am passionate about protecting your eyes and vision, and why I never take my sight for granted. If you missed the post you can see what it means to lose your sight on yesterdays post. To make sure that the whole family is taking care of their eyes we took Monkey for his first eye exam. We didn't have any specific concerns, but just like a check