7 ways to help your child’s social skills post lockdown

(Sophie Hamilton/ Hello!) — Schools have reopened and lockdown is beginning to lift, our lives are returning to some kind of normality. However, it’s been a tough year for everyone, particularly children who have largely missed out on their usual classroom education and socialising with friends. There are bound to be worries and anxieties as […]

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Here’s how to know if your kid has COVID

(Willow Smith/ CBC News) –– Graciano Dela Paz said it was the sickest he’d ever seen his three kids. “It’s scary,” he said of their bout with COVID-19. “You know that people die because of this sickness. I would visit them in their beds to make sure they were breathing.” It was the end of […]

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Covid-19 adds to worries for parents of kids with cancer

(Sarah Avery-Duke/ Futurity) — Researchers surveyed 360 parents and caregivers of children currently in treatment or still being monitored for cancer and found that half had to cancel or delay appointments, 77% reported increased feelings of anxiety, and, of those who had lost jobs or wages, 11% struggled to pay for basic needs. “Parents and caregivers […]

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Montreal researcher’s work could identify children at risk for cancer

(CTV News/ The Associated Press) — The work of a Montreal researcher could lead to identifying which children have a genetic predisposition to cancer, allowing them to be closely monitored and, hopefully, lead to an early diagnosis of the disease. There are believed to be more than 125 types of genetic predispositions to cancer in […]

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What We Know About Covid-19 And Children So Far

(Disha Shetty/ Forbes) — Children get sick less often than adults due to Covid-19, but children are at risk. This is the key insight from a paper in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal, as the year draws to an end. The paper summarizes the current understanding of how children are affected […]

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A bit of Mom’s poop might boost health of C-section babies: study

(Amy Norton/ Healthday News) — Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom’s beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother’s poop. There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress […]

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How bacteria found in breast milk can positively impact a child’s health

(Charles Lefebvre/ CTV News) — A new study involving a University of Manitoba researcher has shown bacteria can be transferred from a mother’s milk to an infant’s gut. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of British Columbia, was published on Friday in the academic journal Cell Host & Microbe. It said breastfeeding directly […]

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Babies frequently exposed to cleaning products at higher risk of asthma: study

(Canadian Press) — New research suggests frequent exposure to common household cleaning products can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma. The cohort study found young infants living in homes where cleaning products were used frequently were more likely to develop childhood wheeze and asthma by age three. Lead author Jaclyn Parks, a health sciences […]

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