From:  Caring for Kids – Canada’s Pediatricians     June 14, 2016

Sleep is very important to your child’s health and well-being. In fact, good sleep habits start from birth.

Children who do not get enough sleep may have trouble getting through the day. At night, they may find it hard to settle.

How much sleep does my child need?

Every child is different. Some sleep a lot and others much less. This chart is a general guide to the amount of sleep children need over a 24-hour period, including nighttime sleep and daytime naps.
Newborns (birth to 2 months) 16-18 hours a day (3 to 4 hours at a time)
Babies (2 months to 6 months)  14-16 hours
Older babies (6 months to 1 year) 14 hours
Toddlers (1 to 3 years) 10-13 hours
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) 10-12 hours
School aged children (5-10 years)  10-12 hours

Week 1 Fact Sheet: Get Ready!

Eating well can boost your health and help you feel your best. Want to eat better? Instead of trying to change everything at once, take a 100 Meal Journey. We eat about 100 meals in a month, so focus on making a small, lasting change and stick with it… one meal at a time.

Week 2 Fact Sheet: Quality Counts!

When it comes to food choices, quality counts. Nourishing foods promote health and can help you feel your best. Take small steps to bump up the quality of your meals and snacks: get clever with cooking, swap in nutrient-rich choices and enjoy deliciously healthy foods. Here are some tips to get you started.

Photo Credit: Justin Cormack

Lentils are not complicated – cooking them is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Similar to beans and grains, lentils can be cooked in a variety of ways, but the prep work is always simple!

Here are some great links for nutritious recipes:Learn how to add nutritious and economical lentils to recipes:
Pumpkin Lentil Loaf recipe
Lentil & Corn Salad recipe

Raising Our Healthy Kids is a series of short 60 – 90 second videos providing information to parents and care providers on healthy growth and development of children up to 12 years of age. The first 7 are now freely available and focus on healthy eating and the feeding relationship in the first 2 years of life. Additional topics will focus on active living and play, positive parenting, oral health, and mental health promotion. There will also be videos that provide an Aboriginal context and some will be translated into French.

The videos will be useful for:
  • Parents
  • Health care providers who work with parents
  • Childcare workers and agencies that provide services to parents of young children

As flu season approaches we thought we would share some useful flu-related information... 

Seasonal Flu

Influenza - commonly called the flu - is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads easily from person to person. Every year millions of Canadians catch the flu, usually in late fall to early spring. Some people are only mildly affected, while others get very sick.

Flu symptoms usually start suddenly with some or all of the following:
  • fever or feeling feverish
  • cough;
  • a sore throat;
  • muscle aches and fatigue;
  • loss of appetite;
  • runny or stuffy nose

Some people, especially children, may also have stomach upset and pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

Making a Difference in Niagara Region with Infant Mental Health Promotion and Training!

As a Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) or Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) provider you may be familiar with author Robert Fulghum’s short essay, All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten. In one of the lines the author writes, “wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school”.  

Fulghum’s heart-warming essay highlights the importance of the skills that come during early learning. The development of these skills allows children to effectively regulate their own emotions and support healthy and productive relationships around them.

Do you know that dental decay is five times more common than asthma and seven times more than hay fever?

Dental decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease for pre-school children
Many young people from 2 to 7 years have multiple dental caries (childhod caries) and must


Food allergies are a growing public health concern in Canada, with over 2.5 million people affected, which includes over 300,000 children. Many of these children are school-age and require the support of their peers and educators in learning how to safely manage their allergies both at home and at school. Every individual within the educational community has a role to play in creating a learning environment that is allergy aware.

As part of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, the Government of Canada has launched a new national tobacco cessation awareness campaign with the Canadian Cancer Society to encourage young adult smokers aged 20 to 24 to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.

Why use social media?
Research shows that quitting smoking is contagious. People are much more likely to stop smoking and stay smoke-free if they belong to a group of like-minded individuals who are quitting or have already quit. Through using social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,

TB is a serious disease that usually attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, urinary tract, and bones.

Most people who are exposed to TB bacteria do not develop TB disease. Sometimes, your immune system can kill the TB germs, but when this does not happen, the bacteria can remain alive but inactive in your body. This is called latent TB infection (also known as LTBI). If you have latent TB infection, you have no symptoms, are not sick, and present no risk of spreading the bacteria to others.

The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) 2014 is now online. The curriculum has a range of topics on FASD that have been set up as self study modules for foster parents, families and caregivers. This new resource was created through the Tri-Province Study on FASD in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The website is hosted by the Child Welfare League of Canada 

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