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Health Topics - Caring for the New Baby

  • A Parent’s Guide to the Newborn

    What Baby Looks Like Abdomen and Umbilical Cord The abdomen will rise and fall with breathing. The cord shrivels and starts to turn black by day 2. It falls off in 7-14 days after birth. Breasts Both boys and girls may have swollen breast tissue. This is due to hormones from the mother. It usually […]

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  • Babies and Sleep

    Most parents expect that their baby will wake up in the night. Parents do not realize just how exhausting that can be. After a week or two, you may feel sleep-deprived. Normal Sleep and Infants It is normal for a newborn to sleep just a few hours at a time in the first few weeks. […]

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  • Baby Teeth and Teething

    Baby Teeth are Important for: Chewing food well. Learning to speak properly. Keeping space open for adult teeth to grow. General good health. Smiling and appearance. Teething. Teething is a natural process. Baby is born with a set of 20 teeth hidden beneath the gums. Teething is the process of these teeth working their way […]

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  • Basic Baby Care

    Picking Baby Up Pick baby up by sliding one hand below the head and shoulders and one under the bottom. Bring baby close keeping head and bottom supported. Holding Baby Your baby will love to be held. You cannot hold your baby too much in the early months. Babies who are held a lot cry […]

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  • Challenges Up To Two Years

    The First Six Months Parenting your new baby will be a surprisingly hard job. Fortunately you, your partner and your baby learn together. In the first 6 months, all your baby needs is your time, your attention and your love. Pick baby up whenever you think he or she needs it. Babies cannot be spoiled […]

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  • Common Childhood Health Concerns

    Infectious Diseases Here are some illnesses that children often get, or used to get before immunization. Some are now prevented by immunization. All of these spread from person to person.  The table shows the following: Disease: The name your health-care professional will call it. Symptoms: The signs of sickness your child will have or show. […]

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  • Community Resources

    Brantford General Hospital 519-752-7871 CAPC (Community Action Program for Children) 1-800-265-8087 x 402 CCAC (Community Care Access Centre – home health services) 519-426-7400 or 1-800-810-0000 Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand- Norfolk 519-587-5437 or 1-800-CAS-KIDS EarlyON Simcoe 519-429-2875 or Caledonia 905-765-1661 or 1-866-463-2759 Haldimand War Memorial Hospital (Dunnville) 905-774-7431 Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Simcoe: 519-426-6170 or (toll […]

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  • Crying

    Babies cry. Some babies cry a little, some babies cry a lot and some babies are in the middle. A new baby’s cry makes parents want to do something to help comfort baby and stop the crying. Crying is Normal The newborn baby has an immature nervous system. After months of floating in a dark, […]

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  • Exclusive Breastfeeding

    For the first 6 months of life breastmilk is the only food that your baby needs to grow and be healthy. Your baby will also need a daily vitamin D supplement during their first year of life. Continue to breastfeed until your baby is two years old or more. The longer you breastfeed, the more […]

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  • Family Food at Nine Months to One Year

    Baby’s Growing Up… Family Food at Nine Months to One Year General Guidelines for Feeding Let your baby feed himself/herself with his or her hands. Make sure their hands are clean before eating. Most babies will not learn to use a fork or spoon until well after one year of age. Expect a mess! Making […]

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  • Food for Baby’s First Year

    Birth to Six Months Common Food allergies: Common food allergens are: Peanuts (peanut butter) Tree nuts (e.g.: cashews, almonds) Sesame seeds ( tahini) Mustard Eggs Milk and milk products (cheese, yogurt) Fish and shellfish Soy (tofu, edamame) Wheat Wait two days between offering common food allergens. If you suspect an allergic reaction (e.g.: rash, vomiting, […]

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  • Four Steps to Find the Right Child Care

    Step 1: Think About What Type of Care your Child Needs Consider the following questions: Do you need to find a child care program near your home, work or school? How many hours each day, and days each week, will you need child care? Will you need help paying for child care? If you have […]

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  • Getting Ready for Baby

    Try to have everything you need before you bring your baby home. Talk to other parents about what you may need. What you decide to buy will depend on your lifestyle, personal preference and budget. What babies need most are loving parents. With careful planning, you can prepare to care for your new baby in […]

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  • Growth and Development

    Growth Each baby is special and develops at a different rate. Babies come in many different sizes and shapes. The way a baby grows tells us about that baby’s health. If a baby is having problems with health or not feeding well, growth is often slower. How do I know if my Baby is Growing […]

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  • Immunization

    Why Immunize? Immunization is one of the best ways to keep baby healthy. In the days before vaccines, many children got sick or died from diseases that we can prevent now.Vaccines are very safe. There are very few reasons for children not to get their immunizations. Vaccine Safety Vaccines must go through many tests before […]

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  • Routine Procedures at Birth

    APGAR Score Breathing, heart rate, muscle tone, reflexes and skin colour make up this score. The health-care provider checks baby at 1 minute, 5 minutes and 10 minutes after delivery. Most babies have an APGAR score of 7 – 10 (these are good scores). Cord Blood After birth there is blood that remains in the […]

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  • Safety

    It is illegal to bring in or to use a car seat, child seat or booster seat made outside Canada. Foreign-made seats do not meet Canadian safety standards. Approved seats will have the Transport Canada label. Car Seat Safety Choose the right car seat for your baby: Rear-facing Infants under 9 kg (20 lbs). This […]

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  • Sample Menu's for Baby

    Six Months to One Year Health Canada recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life. Babies should be introduced to solid food around six months, when baby shows signs of readiness. It is important to make an informed decision when deciding how to feed your baby. If you need more […]

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  • Sample Menus For My Toddler

    Raising a Healthy Eater (one to two years) Offer a variety of foods from each food group in Canada’s food guide every day. Use the following chart as a guide on how much to offer. Eat as a family as much as possible, free from distractions like electronics and toys. Trust your toddler’s tummy! It’s […]

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  • Using the Internet for Health Information

    Over 80% of parents use the Internet to find health information. This information can affect decisions about health-care for their kids. Parents need to know if what they are reading is correct. See the example below from (Canadian Paediatric Society) for questions to ask when looking at websites. Reference: Canadian Paediatric Society (online), 2012

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  • Visit us at Well Baby and Breastfeeding Drop-In

    Well Baby Drop-In is a community resource for families to connect with other families and to provide you access to public health nurses and community supports. When attending Well Baby the Public Health Nurse will provide guidance and support to any questions or concerns that you have about the health and wellness of your baby. […]

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