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 long nights of sleep before starting kindergarten, and questions not to ask children


Heat wave: how to prevent dehydration

During times of intense heat, parents of young children should be especially vigilant, as young children are at greater risk of heat stroke or rapid dehydration. Their health condition can also rapidly deteriorate.

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

  • Feed your baby under 6 months more often, regardless of whether you breastfeed or breastfeed. If your baby is over 6 months old, give him a little water between feedings or after.
  • Make 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.
  • Put your child in a bath with lukewarm water or have him take a lukewarm shower as often as needed.
  • Limit outdoor activities between 10am and 4pm. 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, 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)
  • Headache, vomiting or diarrhea

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

Source: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs


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

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

Updated August 4

Children ages 6 months to 4 years will receive Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine. It was approved last week by Health Canada. The dose that will be given to young children is a quarter of the dose given to adults.

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

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

*Since this is a non-probability study (non-random sample), the results cannot be transposed to the entire population (or in this case to all parents of children aged 0 to 4). They reflect the views 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 every night so that his start of school goes as smoothly as possible, suggests an American study.

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

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

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

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

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 each child’s performance.

Source: CTV News


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

Is that your girlfriend? Do you have a lover? Although these questions seem harmless, they make children feel uncomfortable and can negatively affect their friendships. Explanations of two psychology professors.

When we ask children these kinds of questions, we make them believe that it is normal – and even expected – that they have a “boyfriend” or a “boyfriend”, confirm the two specialists. Some children will also avoid playing or stop playing with friends of the opposite sex to avoid being teased or to avoid feeling different.

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

In addition, it can alienate children who have more interests in common, and also encourage children to only have relationships with those of the same sex. But since children naturally tend to play with people of the same sex, we should rather encourage diversified friendships.

Source: The conversation

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21 July 2022

By the team of Born and grow

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