Category: Health & Safety

Terrified of the flu? Here's what to do.

To keep your family healthy during the rest of the winter season, it’s important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape. Here are some ways to keep your immune system boosted so those colds and flus don’t get you down.

Know what works and what doesn’t. First, understand that antibiotics are ineffective against the flu because influenza is a virus. Medications that are not effective against the flu can cause more harm than good, especially to our gut health. What do you do if you o...

Posted on February 06, 2018 at 1:10 PM by Jasmine Jafferali

Does your child have SAD, or is it just the winter blues?

As the lack of sunshine becomes a part of our daily lives, a certain gloom comes over many young people and is often assumed to be something ranging from “winter blues” to a depressive disorder called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

According to kidhealth.org, “SAD is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern; SAD appears and disappears around the same times each year. People with SAD usually have symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become short...

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:40 PM by Keisha Mathew

10 tips to move your child from fear and anxiety to bravery

Parenting an anxious child comes with the constant question: “How do I push my child and be comforting and supportive?” Unfortunately, there is not yet a perfect science to parenting or treating anxiety. But helping your child face the world with bravery over succumbing to the worry monster can be achieved with consistent and compassionate coaching. 

As a clinical psychologist, I am always looking for the best and most effective ways for parents to assist their child in developing heal...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 12:35 PM by Debra Kissen

How modern families can buy life insurance

*SPONSORED POST BY LADDER*

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your family is get some basic life insurance on the books. This gives your family a buffer in case of emergency and gives you some much-needed peace of mind.  

But the process of buying life insurance can be complex. Getting covered can take longer than expected, even for the most well-organized mom or dad.  Case in point: according to LIMRA, a life insurance research association, 93% of American...

Posted on January 03, 2018 at 11:32 AM

For kids with food allergies, teal is the new orange on Halloween

Photo: Denise/Flickr

For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.  

As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...

Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM by Jamie Donovan

One simple way you can get your kids to eat healthy

In recent years, the rise in childhood obesity and diet-related disease, like type 2 diabetes, have been hot topics of discussion. I think it is safe to say that parents want their children to be healthy, but figuring out how to help them make healthy choices may feel daunting. Particularly when simply getting your child to eat may be a battle.

The best thing you can do? Get them involved in the food choices for the family. But start small. Pick one step below that you feel comfortable...

Posted on October 03, 2017 at 4:41 PM by Karla Gidwani

Easy ways to stay in shape when you're a new parent

Last March I attended (not by choice) the Expectant Fathers class at Prentice Hospital. During these 2 ½ hours, 15–20 fathers-to-be sat around two long tables and listened as the presenter, a pediatrician and father of two, delivered the non-edited version of how life was about to change. It was funny at times. Scary at others. Eye-opening for sure.

During one part of the session, we were presented with this question: “What are you most afraid of about becoming a father?” I could have ...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

How I lost all of the baby weight -- twice

Photo: courtesy Charlotte Tsou

 

Having a child is just like having an open heart surgery, once your chest is cut open, you are never the same.

Becoming a mother greatly changed my mentality and priorities in life, but it also altered my physical well-being. I am not talking about squeezing into that old, small bikini, which is highly desirable, but building back my physical strength and stamina. I came to realize that I needed them desperately to stay healthy and take care of my...

Posted on June 07, 2017 at 12:04 PM by Charlotte Tsou

10 things you could do with your time and money instead of shaving

 

*SPONSORED BY LAPIEL LASER CENTER*
 

Did you know that the average american woman spends over $33,000 and two entire months of her life plucking, shaving and waxing? As all busy moms surely know, it’s those few extra moments every morning that make all the difference between a hot cup of coffee and a deep breath, and absolute chaos. 

Imagine what you could do with all the time you don’t spend removing unwanted hair? Here are all the 10 things you can do with all the time and m...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 AM

This mom has the secret to not getting sick

Photo credit: Aikawa Ke/Flickr

When my two older boys were younger I distinctly remember thinking one winter they were never going to go back to preschool because they were never healthy. Fast forward about five years and one additional kid, and we seem to be in a better spot health-wise. I attribute this to a few changes I’ve made, which I've highlighted below. I’m not a doctor, nor a scientist, so this is purely speculation, but it seems to be working for us.

1. Get rid of the han...

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 1:24 PM by Cate White