Preventing Dehydration – COVID-19 and Toddler Vaccination – Sleep and Kindergarten – “Do You Have a Lover?”

Preventing dehydration in very hot weather, vaccinating toddlers against COVID-19, the importance of sleeping long nights before starting kindergarten and questions not to ask children


Heat wave: how to prevent dehydration

In times of intense heat, parents of young children should be especially vigilant, as toddlers are at greater risk of heat stroke or rapid dehydration. Their state of health can also quickly deteriorate.

Here are the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Social Services to prevent dehydration and heat stroke in young children:

  • Feed your baby under 6 months more often, whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding. If your baby is over 6 months, give him some water between drinks or after.
  • Have your child drink water regularly. Give her a reusable bottle if possible.
  • Refresh your little one’s skin with a wet towel several times a day.
  • Place your child in a bath of lukewarm water or have him take a lukewarm shower as often as needed.
  • Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also avoid activities that require too much physical effort.
  • Never leave your child alone in a room where the air does not circulate or in a car, even for a few minutes.

Important signs of dehydration to look out for in children:

  • Less urine and dark urine
  • Dry skin, lips or mouth
  • Abnormal restlessness, irritability, confusion, temper tantrums
  • Sunken and sunken eyes
  • Drowsy, sleeps a lot and hard to wake up
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal skin color, pale or red
  • Body temperature higher than 38.5°C (rectum) or 37.5°C (mouth)
  • Headaches, vomiting or avoided

If your child shows one or more of these signs, call Info-Santé (811) or see a doctor.

Source: Ministry of Health and Social Services


COVID-19: vaccination for 6 months to 4 years coming soon in Quebec

Vaccination against COVID-19 for toddlers will begin in the coming days. It is already possible to make an appointment on the Clic-Santé platform.

Updated August 4

Children aged 6 months to 4 years got Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine. It was approved last week by Health Canada. The dose that will be given to toddlers is a quarter of that given to adults.

The results of a survey* conducted by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec between June 24 and July 6 were used:

  • 44% of parents of children aged 0-4 who responded to the survey said they intended to have their toddlers vaccinated against COVID-19;
  • 40% answered that they had no intention of doing so;
  • 16% said they had not yet made a decision.

*As this is a non-probability survey (non-random sampling), the results cannot be transposed to the entire population (or in this case, to all parents of children of 0 to 4 years). They convey the opinion of parents who responded to the survey.

For more information: La Presse+ and Le Devoir


Long nights of sleep, a plus for kindergarten

Does your child start kindergarten in September? Ideally, he should sleep at least 10 hours each night so that his start to school goes as smoothly as possible, suggests an American study.

Children who sleep at least 10 hours a night will have better relationships with other students and with their teacher. They would also do better in kindergarten, in particular by having an easier time recognizing letters and words.

The results indicate that it is the hours slept during the night that would be the most important for children in kindergarten. The leaders of the study also specify that using naps to “catch up” for a lack of nocturnal sleep would not help children in their transition to kindergarten.

The authors of this study do not recommend eliminating naps overnight for children entering kindergarten. However, you should try to put them to bed earlier so that they satisfy as much as possible of their sleep needs during the night on a regular basis before the start of classes.

The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends between 10 and 13 hours of sleep per day, including naps, for children aged 3 to 5 years.

The research team recorded and analyzed the sleep hours of 221 toddlers before they entered kindergarten and three times during the school year. The teachers also assessed the performance of each child.

Source: CTV News


” Do you have a lover ? » : a question to avoid

Is this your boyfriend? Do you have a lover? Even though these questions seem innocuous, they make children feel uncomfortable and can negatively influence their friendships. The explanations of two psychology professors.

When we ask these kinds of questions to children, we make them believe that it is normal – and even expected – that they are a “boyfriend” or a “girlfriend”, affirm the two specialists. Also, some children will avoid playing, or stop playing, with friends of the opposite sex so as not to be teased or to avoid feeling different.

When a child plays with a child of the opposite sex, he sees him as a friend and nothing more. Unwittingly, we pass on to them the idea that boys and girls can’t just be friends. We also attribute to them behaviors that do not correspond to their stage of development and we encourage, in spite of ourselves, hypersexualization, underline the professors in psychology.

In addition, it can alienate children who have several interests in common and also encourage children to have relationships only with those of the same sex. However, as children naturally tend to play with people of the same sex, we rather prefer to encourage the friendships offered.

Source: The Conversation

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July 21, 2022

By the team of Born and grow

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