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February 23, 2021

Cleaning agents, COVID and child health

In 2021, disinfection and sanitization are more important than ever. When choosing products, parents, schools, and health agencies need to balance hygiene with the potential harms from children’s exposure to disinfecting cleaning agents,… Read more

October 15, 2020

Your grandmother was right: Love really does build brains

It used to be that grandparents’ wise comments about raising children were referred to as “motherhood and apple pie,” which somehow belittles that advice. An Iroquois grandmother’s counsel that fathers should never yell at… Read more

August 17, 2020

Type 1 diabetes and COVID-19:  Going back to school

As students across Canada get ready to head back to school—some after nearly 6 months of being away—parents have many questions. The first is usually, “Is it safe to send my child back to school during this pandemic?” Here are… Read more

July 14, 2020

Decolonizing Health Care: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children

The #aHand2Hold campaign, launched on January 24, 2018, sought to end a long-standing practice that systematically prevented caregivers and parents from accompanying their children during emergency medical evacuation (medevac) airlifts in Quebec.… Read more

July 8, 2020

Dr. Emmett Francoeur wins the APQ’s Prix Letondal

Dr. Emmett Francoeur has been awarded the 2020 Prix Letondal from the Association des Pédiatres du Québec. Awarded annually, the Prix Letondal was created in 1989 to recognize exceptional contributions to the field of paediatrics. A… Read more

May 27, 2020

COVID-19 and Indigenous children in Canada: What can paediatricans do?

Many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and families are facing a colonial catch-22 when it comes to COVID-19. Enduring colonial legacies mean they are more prone to pre-existing conditions, placing them at higher risk for poor outcomes… Read more

May 26, 2020

Reflections on caring for children with medical complexity during COVID-19

The direct effects of COVID-19 on children have to date been minimal. The indirect consequences for children with medical complexity (CMC) have been significant, including changes to health care delivery to challenges providing care at home, concerns… Read more

May 25, 2020

#CaringForKidsDuringCovid: Videos offer reassurance and guidance for parents

Pandemic-driven disruptions to daily life are pushing many families to the brink. Paediatricians and child psychiatrists are concerned about the how unrelenting stress—with no end in sight—is affecting parents and children. In a series of… Read more

May 20, 2020

A Kawasaki-like illness associated with COVID-19 in kids? What parents need to know

Recently, a hyperinflammatory illness has been reported in a small number of children worldwide.  Children present with symptoms that resemble Kawasaki disease including prolonged fever, pink eyes, rashes, swollen hands and feet and abdominal… Read more

April 16, 2020

The essential work of social paediatrics

I have been told I am an essential worker. Essential is defined as: “extremely important, indispensable, and absolutely necessary”. Physicians have been working under the constraints of social distancing and effective lockdown of the… Read more

Last updated: Apr 20, 2020