Pediatrics

  • International Childhood Cancer Day

    International Childhood Cancer Day, observed globally on February 15th each year, plays a pivotal role in amplifying awareness around the critical issue of childhood cancer. It’s a day earmarked for disseminating vital information, rallying support for the young warriors battling this daunting disease, and extending a hand of solidarity to the families navigating this challenging journey alongside their children. The essence of this day lies in its concerted efforts to underscore the imperative need for equitable, enhanced access to treatment and care for children afflicted with cancer across the globe, aiming to bridge disparities and foster a more inclusive health ecosystem. The significance of International Childhood Cancer Day cannot be…

  • Childhood Nutrition and Growth

    The foundation of a child’s future health and development hinges significantly on the nutritional choices made during their early years. Nutrition during childhood is more than just fuel for growth; it’s the cornerstone for lifelong health and well-being. The early years of a child’s life are marked by rapid growth and development, necessitating a diet that is rich in essential nutrients. These nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins and minerals, are crucial for various aspects of childhood development, from the formation of strong bones and muscles to the development of a robust immune system and the establishment of neural pathways that have an affect on cognitive and emotional growth. Protein…

  • Children’s Health

    Children, the most vulnerable and yet the most resilient members of our society, can present with unique health challenges and needs. This article delves into the multifaceted world of children’s health, addressing common issues affecting their physical, mental, and developmental well-being, with a focus on the Canadian context. The Spectrum of Infectious Diseases in Children Children’s developing immune systems often make them susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases. From the common cold to more serious illnesses like measles, the array of infections that children encounter is broad. The role of vaccinations in this setting is irreplaceable. In Canada, the immunization schedule is designed to offer protection against a plethora…

  • World Prematurity Day

    Each year, on November 17th, we mark World Prematurity Day, a pivotal occasion dedicated to raising awareness about preterm birth and the concerns surrounding the health, well-being, and future of premature babies. It’s a day that unites healthcare professionals, parents, and communities in reflecting on the challenges faced by infants born too soon and in advocating for advancements in neonatal care. The Scope of Prematurity in Canada In the expanse of Canadian healthcare, prematurity remains a pressing concern, with approximately 30,000 babies making an early entrance each year. These infants are born before completing the standard 37 weeks of gestation, and their premature start to life comes with a myriad…

  • Insight into Children’s Vision Month

    Ensuring optimal ocular health in children serves as the very keystone in safeguarding their overall well-being and development. Children’s Vision Month underscores a paramount necessity for prioritizing early and consistent eye care in the realm of pediatric health. In the boundless terrains of learning and discovery, children’s vision plays a pivotal role, facilitating not just academic pursuits but also their social and developmental milestones. This initiative aims to elevate awareness about the importance of comprehensive eye examinations and the early detection of potential visual impairments or conditions in children. The Importance of Comprehensive Eye Examinations Navigating through the intricacies of visual health, one encounters the undeniable truth that many serious…

  • Child Passenger Safety

    From September 16th to 24th, Canada observes Child Passenger Safety Week, underscoring the significance of children’s safety in vehicles. As we navigate the roads and highways, it becomes paramount to ensure that the smallest passengers in our cars are afforded the utmost protection. Understanding the Risks Children, due to their size and developmental stages, are particularly vulnerable in car accidents. Injuries range from minor scratches to severe traumatic injuries. Some of the common injuries children face as car passengers include: Whiplash: Even in a minor fender-bender, a child’s neck can jerk forward and backward abruptly, leading to injuries. Head Injuries: A child’s head is proportionally larger compared to their body,…

  • Recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Every September, the world unites in the gold ribbon movement to raise awareness about childhood cancer. The golden emblem stands as a strong reminder of the youngest members of our society bravely facing one of humanity’s toughest adversaries. As September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the globe to stand in solidarity with children affected by cancer, their families, and the professionals dedicated to their care. Why the Need for Awareness? Childhood cancer, while relatively rare in comparison to adult cancer, still represents a significant concern. Every year, thousands of children are diagnosed, and the effects ripple across families, communities,…

  • Children’s Safety at Playgrounds

    During the summer months, children of all ages take advantage of the chance to play outside, particularly in playgrounds. Playgrounds are spaces that promote physical activity, creativity, and social interaction, but they also present various risks, especially during summer. This article will explore the specific risks that summer brings to playground safety and offer strategies for mitigating these risks to ensure children can play safely and happily in the summer sun. Heat-Related Risks: Overheating and Dehydration: In the summer heat, children can easily become dehydrated or suffer from heat exhaustion. Make sure children take regular breaks to drink water, especially during intense physical activity. Also, watch out for signs of…

  • Childhood Cancer in Canada

    Each year in Canada, an estimated 1,000 children between the ages of 0 to 14 years will be diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is also the leading cause of death in children between that same age group. An estimated 1 out of every 250 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 are survivors of childhood cancer. Leukemia, lymphomas and cancers of the brain and/or the CNS (Central Nervous System) account for the majority of malignant childhood cancers. Unlike certain types of cancers that are found in adults, the cause of childhood cancer is relatively unknown. A definitive link to any specific factors – such as environmental or lifestyle factors –…

  • Whooping Cough

    There are certain medical conditions that can affect children more-so than adults – whopping cough being one of them. While it can impact adults – including those diagnosed with a chronic respiratory illness, or women who are pregnant (especially those in their third trimester) – whooping cough is most commonly seen in infants younger than 6 months of age (who aren’t yet protected by immunizations), or children and teens between aged 11 and 18 with weakened immune systems. Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that is caused by the bacterium known as Bordetella pertussis. Whooping cough typically starts with mild cold-like symptoms (such as…