Archive for June, 2011
Friday, June 24th, 2011
The last time I had to take my son to the Children’s Hospital Emergency room was back in January when my youngest had a temperature of 104 and it wasn’t going down. Ended up, he had an ear infection. In my case, thank goodness it wasn’t very serious. Thanks to the outstanding staff at the Children’s Hospital.
But that first visit to the Emergency for children can be frightening at first. Here’s a look, from Calgary’s Child Magazine, at what you can expect if you need to bring your child there, to ease the first visit. And remember to bring your childs Health Care Card.
The Emergency Department
A visit to the emergency department can be a parent’s worst nightmare. Understanding how it works before you’re at a point of crisis may ease the way.
The emergency department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital cares for children under the age of 18 whose health problems cannot wait to be seen by a family doctor. The department is staffed by trained pediatric emergency nurses, pediatricians and specialists in emergency medicine.
When you arrive at the emergency department, the nurse at the triage desk will want to know what your child’s problem is and will ask for a few details about your child’s medical history.
You will be asked to wait in the waiting room until a room is available in the treatment room. Let the nurse know if your child’s condition changes while you are in the waiting room.
Children are seen according to the serious of their medical problems. Critically ill patients are always seen before those children with less serious problems.
The Children’s Hospital tries to have every patient in the treatment area within one hour and assessed by the physician within another 30 minutes.
When the Emergency Department is busy, the wait can be as long as three hours for children whose problems are less serious. Remember, the emergency department may look quiet when it is busy. Behind closed doors there may be a seriously ill child who is needing a lot of care from emergency staff.
Nobody wants to be a patient in the emergency department. The staff at the hospital are highly trained and motivated to provide the best care for your child.
For more great tips visit www.calgaryschild.com
Bonus Code: HOSPITAL
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Calgary is launching an advertising blitz complete with a song that says “We are not all cowboys.”
The city is trying to change its reputation and attract workers as it faces a looming labour shortage.
The campaign uses the slogan — “Calgary. Be Part of the Energy.”
I’ll be honest when I moved to Calgary 16 years ago from Vancouver, I was totally prepared to wear cowboy boots thinking that it was a cowboy town. Not to paint the beautiful Cowboys and Cowgirls we DO have in a bad light… but Calgary is only “Cowboys” during Stampede! The pride and love this city has is truly unbelievable. I said it early on when I moved here that Calgary IS unique with a Cowboy taste but the whole bottle is what counts and in my mind Calgary is full of Energy. It’s a big city but a small community that looks after each other! Why wouldn’t you want to move here!!
I LOVE THIS CITY!
Bonus Code: Cowboy
Monday, June 13th, 2011
Having 2 small children, I quickly learned that children are being “compared” to at an early age. “Well my son counts to 10 already and he’s only 2 1/2″. “My daughter can spell her own name.” That makes it tough as a parent to know where YOUR own child should be. First off, stop comparing your child to other children. Every child is different and every child develops at different stages.
My first son didn’t really say any “real sentences” until he was over 2. And now that he’s almost 4 he doesn’t STOP talking! Ha! But my other son isn’t even 2 yet and he can say full phrases like, “I don’t know” and “bottle empty more milk please”. So this is when I learned that from birth we’re all different.
But there are some guidelines for talking developments for kids. Calgary’s Child Magazine has given us a few tips to follow!
Talk by 2
Children are unique and develop at their own pace, but they do follow similar steps.
Such is the case with speech development. Here are some important speech milestones that your child should reach by age two.
By 1 1/2 years can your child say 10 to 20 words?
Point to three body parts when asked?
Follow simple commands like “go get your shoes?”
By 2 years your child should be able to say more than 20 words, use two word sentences and follow longer commands, like “go upstairs, get your brush and come back”
If you answered no to any of these questions, there are things you can do now to help your child talk. Acting on concerns early is important. Consult your family physician.
For more great stories and tips visit www.calgaryscild.com
Bonus Code: TALK
Monday, June 6th, 2011
June already!!! I was a little worried that I didn’t get on the band wagon early enough for summer programs for my son… but Calgary’s Child Magazine has come to my rescue! They did all the work for us, and all you have to do is pick which ones your kids want.
Summer is a great time for kids to get out and play and enjoy the weather… but it can be pretty stressful on parents. The Calgary’s Child May-June issue will help families get up and out the door to enjoy all the season has to offer. Plus, they’ll help you prepare for end-of-school activities, exams, make holiday plans, choose a summer camp or program, and their *new Home Central feature will help you freshen up your home sweet home – inside and out plus much more!
The 17th Annual Summer Camp; Program Guide is the source for parents who are looking for information about summer camps for their children. You’ll find hundreds of camp and summer program options as well as helpful articles including the Insider’s Guide to Choosing a Summer Camp and Turning Your Homesick Kid into a Happy Camper. Click here (http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=67473&p=12) to view the digital e-edition Summer Camp & Program Guide part of the May-June issue, starting on Page 12. Thank you Calgary’s Child!!! http://www.calgaryschild.com/
BONUS CODE: SUMMER