Health and Safety

Sick with the flu: Helpful visuals for parents

When children display symptoms of the flu, parents are often unsure when they should call the doctor or when to take their child to the hospital. Children with the flu can typically be treated at home with rest and fluids. A trip to the emergency room (ER) should not be necessary for most cases of the flu. However, there are certain warning signs parents can watch for to know when to seek medical attention.

Updated guidelines for introduction of common allergenic foods to infants

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, for high-risk infants (and based on developmental readiness) it's best to introduce common allergenic solids at around 6 months of age, but not before an infant is 4 months of age.

New Canada Food Guide

The iconic Canada Food Guide has provided Canadians with a snapshot of healthy eating recommendations for over 75 years, and Health Canada has just released the first updated edition in over a decade! The new Canada Food Guide suggests a focus on drinking water, plant-based diets, and home-cooking.

What are ACES and how do they relate to toxic stress?

The term “ACEs” is an acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. ACEs research shows the correlation between early adversity and poor outcomes later in life. Toxic stress explains how ACEs can trigger biological reactions that lead to those outcomes. The Harvard Centre on the Developing Child has developed a simple infographic that explains...

Fact Sheet: The Basics of Asthma, Allergies and Anaphylaxis

This simple resource provides key information about asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis, the causes and symptoms, and what you can do to help.

Do you have plants in your program?

About Kids Health has put together an overview of plant safety and and a helpful list of poisonous plants to avoid.

Refrigerate Right – Tips for Storing Food Safely

Did you know that it’s important to cover and place the food in a way that helps to keep it from getting cross-contaminated with drippings or juices from other foods when you store food in a refrigerator? Here's how...

Five Wellness Lessons From A Toddler

In the wake of World Mental Health day, the amount of stress in our modern day lives is obvious. And while stress itself is not considered a mental health problem, it often leads to depression and anxiety, which are the most common mental health issues. Yet there’s a natural source of inspiration – and even stress relief – in our lives that we may just have overlooked. The average toddler expresses qualities we have long since abandoned due to overwhelming ‘busy’-ness. Here’s five things that come naturally to toddlers that we can use to improve our general well-being!  

Kids’ Health Information for Parents in Different Languages!

To reach optimal physical health and mental well-being, children need to: get enough sleep; make healthy food and drink choices; be more active; and limit the time they spend in front of screens. Kids' Health pamphlets are available in 22 languages to help parents and caregivers.

Menu Planning Resources

These child care nutrition resources were created by the Ontario Dieticians in Public Health (OCPC) to support child care providers in planning and preparing healthy food for the children in their care. They include a Practical Guide with information on menu planning, food and beverages that should be served, appropriate portion sizes for different age groups, sample menus and templates as well as strategies to create a supportive nutrition environment.