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Burn safety 101

Burns make up 10 percent of all injuries to kids that require a trip to the Emergency Room. “Burns cause few deaths, but it is a lifelong injury,” says Pam Fuselli from Safe Kids Canada. “They will always have a scar.” Protect your children from getting scalded or burned with...

Exercise Common Sun Sense

Choose a sun protection product that suits your activity. 80 percent of the sun he’s exposed to in his entire lifetime before his 18th birthday. How can you protect kids from such an overwhelming force? Not with sunscreen, if you listen to supermodel Giselle Bündchen.“I cannot put this poison on...

Wearing a helmet on the ski slopes is a must

If your child steps onto the rink to play hockey, or hops onto a bike to go see a friend, it’s almost certain he or she will be wearing a helmet. But what about when it’s time to hit the slopes? While every hockey league in Canada has made...

Sun Safety

The latest information on how to keep your family out of the pink Every summer Canadians shed layers of clothing to soak up the sun – but as we all know, there’s no such thing as a ‘safe’ tan. Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, the founder of DLK on Avenue in...

Ask Dr. Marla: Treating Sunburn

What’s the best way to treat a sunburn? A. You know the answer is to avoid it! One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person’s risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five...

Road Safety for Kids

CAM WOOLLEY, a 30-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police’s traffic and safety division (and now the popular traffic reporter for Toronto’s CP24 news channel) has a few reminders for getting our kids safely across the great divide. Blame Mom Blame Dad, too, or, in fact, any caregiver because children learn...

Water Safety Awareness

Summer and water; this is a natural pairing because kids gravitate to water. But according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged one to four. You’ve made sure that you put your kids in swimming lessons since they were...

Praise for Rays

At one time doctors prescribed sun exposure to treat diseases such as rickets and polio. But today we have a new reality. In fact, as parents we’ve become pros at blocking those harmful rays from landing anywhere near our child’s delicate skin. The problem is we’re not just blocking harmful...

Lost and Found

When Amanda Atkinson was a child, getting lost seemed a part of every family outing. “My mother really believed that I would get lost on purpose in order to get cookies from the security guards at stores,” she remembers. “But I was simply a wanderer and my attention would...

15 Accidents That Can Kill Kids

It's our worst nightmare- a child injured in an accident. And yet each year, an average of 390 Canadian children die and 25,500 are hospitalized from childhood injuries making it not cancer or obesity the leading health risk to children aged one to 14. Parents should focus most of their energies on those hazards...

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