What you need to know about Rabies

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Here are a few easy ways to protect your family and pets from rabies: Keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date. Vaccination of all cats and dogs 3 month of age and older is mandatory in Ontario. Do not feed, handle or come in contact with wild or unfamiliar animals. Teach your children to do so as well. Keep … Read More

I Can Breastfeed My Baby Even if He is Very Fussy or Easy-Going

Before you welcomed your little one into your family you had visions of sitting quietly in a rocking chair blissfully holding your calm, smiling or sleeping baby. But now you are finding that your 3- week old has never smiled and even more distressing, they seem to be either crying or fussing whenever they are awake and not eating. Sometimes … Read More

I Can Breastfeed My Baby on Cue Rather Than on a Schedule

Do babies need to be fed on a schedule? Absolutely not! All babies are different and so are all mothers. Babies feed best when they are hungry. Feeding your baby when they cue to feed, helps mothers maintain a good milk supply and ensures that your baby will be satisfied and gain weight normally. Placing them on a strict schedule … Read More

I Can Breastfeed My Baby During a Growth Spurt

Most babies have several growth spurts during the first 6 months of life. Typically, growth spurts will happen around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. These are times when your baby’s brain and body are developing at a rapid pace! You may notice that your baby is fussier, not sleeping as often and showing feeding … Read More

I Can Include My Partner in the Care of My Baby

Picture this: You awake in the morning, after a sleepless night, where your baby wanted to feed every hour, on the hour. You are tired and have just enough energy to get your baby latched to feed one more time but there are so many things that need to get done. So, what do you do? Sometimes it’s difficult to … Read More

I Can Cope with Advice Given by Those Unsupportive of Breastfeeding

What?? You’re still breastfeeding that baby?  Some women will hear that when their babies are 2 months old or when they are 2 years old.  It can be hard to hear those negative comments from those that are closest to us.  Here are some tips to dealing with those backhanded remarks from the misinformed: o   Let’s educate them!  Inform critics … Read More

Whooping Cough… Are you Protected?

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  Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that can cause coughing and choking spells which can last for weeks and even months. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get immunized. Ensure that your children have had all their pertussis shots, as well as their high school booster shot. Adults can receive a … Read More

5th Annual Workplace Wellness Recognition

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On average we spend seven to ten hours per day at work. Imagine the health impact workplaces have on their community! Employers reap the benefits of a healthy workforce through reduced absenteeism and improved productivity. Workplace Wellness programs give employees the tools they need to live healthy lives at work, at home and in their community. Chatham-Kent employers looking for … Read More

Do you have backyard chickens? Did you know they can make you sick?

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Owning backyard chickens is becoming more and more popular. They produce eggs, eat pesky bugs, and make fun pets. So what’s the risk? Chickens often carry germs that can make you sick. Chicken poop can be contaminated with germs like Salmonella and Campylobacter, which cause diarrhea and vomiting. These germs can be on their bodies, in their coops, in their … Read More

Back to School with Clear Vision

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Have all of your supplies ready for school? Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, clear vision? That’s right, one of the most important tools your child will need is clear vision. 80% of learning is visual and one in four children have vision problems. But don’t worry about this being yet another added expense, because eye exams are fully covered by OHIP each year for children … Read More

Protective Factors of Mental Wellbeing in Children

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Did you know… Evidence shows there are ways to protect our children from struggling with their mental wellbeing.   Children who: Have dinner together with the family 5+ times per week, Engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, Find it easy to talk to their parents about things that bother them, Have a high level … Read More