FAMILY-FRIENDLY WEB LINKS
The Internet resources cited below have been recommended by ADCO members as providing useful information for parents. We hope you find them informative and helpful.
Garbage truck safetyIf your child loves to see the garbage or recycling truck coming up the street, and to watch the sanitation workers loading it up, you'll want to check out this new, animated safety video offered by the City of Toronto. This three-minute video is an excellent way to help instill safe habits in children who may regularly encounter garbage trucks when they're walking or riding a bike to school or playing outdoors.
Cerebral palsy information
Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common physical disabilities in North America and it can take many forms. To learn more about it, how it may impact an infant's developmental trajectory, and what advancements have been made in managing the condition, you may wish to visit: http://www.cerebralpalsysymptoms.com
Make escalator safety a top priority this summerDid you know that most accidents involving children and escalators occur in the summer months? To help keep your children safer this summer, ADCO and the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) have teamed up once again to raise awareness of this risk and educate children (and parents) about the safe use of escalators. They have distributed activity sheets about escalator safety to children at thousands of licensed child care programs across Ontario. We are also making them available here:http://safetyinfo.ca/wp-content/uploads/free-resources/all-season/move-with-grooves.pdf
Is your child's sports helmet offering sufficient protection?McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton has made educating parents and children about the correct use of cycling helmets a top priority for preventing serious childhood injuries. They have partnered with the Hamilton Police Department and Hamilton Public Health to offer a pratical tip sheet for the safer use of bikes, scooters and inline skates, which includes tips for properly fitting and adjusting your child's helmet and other safey gear.
Warnings About Common Cough and Cold Medications
Parents always need to be careful about giving young children over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, even when these medicines are designed especially for children. It has been more than a year since Health Canada required manufacturers to relabel certain products to indicate that they are not for use by children under the age of six. You may have a number of these products in your home. To learn more about which ingredients are involved, see Health Canada's fact sheet.
Asthma Information For Kids
If you have a child who suffers from asthma, check out: www.kidsasthma.ca. Brought to you by the Ontario Lung Association, it provides information and resources you can share with your child, including storybooks featuring characters who have asthma and even a list of celebrities and athletes who must manage the condition. There's also another site, presented by the Asthma Society of Canada and aimed directly at children: www.asthmakids.ca. With a host of fun activities and information designed especially for children, it's a great way to help your child learn more about what asthma is and what he or she can do to feel better.
Tips For Preparing Healthy, Delicious Children's Meals
Food For Tots is a leading caterer for licensed child care centres in Ontario. The company offers a web site aimed at helping parents gather ideas for a healthy approach to feeding children delicious food. For kid-friendly recipes, articles on nutrition and ideas for pleasing even the fussiest eaters, please visit www.healthylicious.ca.
Pediatric Brain Injury Research Project Reaches Out To Families
When Sarah Jane Donohue was just five days old, she was shaken by her baby nurse and sustained a severe brain injury. Now five years old, Sarah Jane continues to make steady progress, but as her parents have learned, the field of neuroscience and specifically pediatric neurorehabilitation is still very much in its infancy. In 2007, the Donohue family launched TheBrainProject.org, a web site where the parents of similarly injured children may post any and all medical data related to their children's condition. By sharing this information, parents will create new opportunities for researchers, doctors and other professionals to review real-life cases, explore new theories and share their findings in an open, on-going and international forum. To learn more please visit: TheBrainProject.org.