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Back-to-school toolkit for parents

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Back to school. It can be the most nerve-wracking, exciting and bittersweet time of the year for both parents and children. But when this time of year takes control over your child’s emotions, it can be helpful to know how to best prepare them for the year ahead. We spoke with members of Osler's Children’s Mental Health program (Samantha Lawrence, Manager, and Danuta Southgate, Social Worker) who shared their best tips to help kids of all ages make a successful transition back to the school yard.


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Breastfeeding tips for new moms and their families

Posted on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 12:00 AM

When it comes to breastfeeding, positive and supportive attitudes of those around a mother can ensure success. At Osler, we have lactation teams at all three sites that support mothers' breastfeeding needs, run daily classes and encourage family members to participate in the learnings. To provide some insights, we spoke with Jacqueline James, Lactation Consultant, to learn how we can empower moms and promote breastfeeding.

Tips for breastfeeding
  • Skin-to-skin: Babies usually feel calmer after...

How simple and amazing it is to donate cord blood

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 12:00 AM

For many people, a blood stem cell transplant is the last and best hope of recovery for over 80 diseases and disorders. With approximately 75 per cent of Canadians requiring a stem cell transplant relying on finding a match outside of their immediate families, there is an ongoing need for more cord blood donations. The process of collecting and transplanting is non-invasive and has the...

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Lyme disease: Did you know?

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 AM

In warmer weather, many of us jump at the chance to spend more time outdoors. However, with rising temperatures also comes increased risk of Lyme disease. Check out these tips to help you protect yourself from ticks, which transmit the disease-causing bacteria.

What is a tick?

A tick is a small insect that can bite and attach itself to humans and animals. Ticks can extract a bacteria from small animals that can cause Lyme disease.

Early symptoms include: Fever, rash, headaches and chills. If left...

Gluten-free almond loaf

Celiac Disease: Did you know?

Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Going gluten-free isn't a trend for individuals who have it; it's a way of life. Celiac disease is caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and other grains. This reaction results in damage to the intestinal walls, which can lead to many other serious health issues. To help you better understand Celiac disease and those who have it, we've put together a “did-you-know” guide.

Celiac disease vs. gluten intolerance Celiac Disease

When the immune system reacts negatively...