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Keep Your Teen’s Eyes Safe During Summer Fun

“Wear your hat! Put on sunscreen!” These are regular warnings from parents as their teens head out the door to enjoy the hot, sunny and lazy days of summer. Along with protecting their skin, Alberta optometrists want to make sure teens are also remembering to protect their eyes.

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Preparing for a Hospital Stay With an Ill Child

"Your son has pneumonia,” the doctor said. And I heaved a sigh of relief. When my two-year-old was recently ill, it was all arms to battle stations as we fought temperatures peaking 41.5oCelsius, (106.7oF), dehydration and sleeplessness. At the hospital, I was informed it could be either pneumonia or meningitis. So when it was confirmed that we’d escaped the latter, I was so relieved I nearly didn’t register what the doctor said next. “He’ll have to stay in the hospital for the next five nights so we can begin the antibiotics treatment and monitor him closely.” Oh.

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More Than the ‘Baby Blues’: When a Friend 
Has PPMD

Postpartum Mood Disorder, (PPMD), is the No. 1 complication with childbirth. It affects 15 to 20 per cent of new mothers, and is often undiagnosed in women, leaving new moms worrying and wondering why they don’t feel ‘normal.’PPMD can affect women who have had a baby, stillborn child or miscarriage, women who are pregnant or after weaning their child from breastfeeding. PPMD can include any number of symptoms: obsessive-compulsive behavior, depression, anxiety or anger. Lindsay Bagley, a licensed mental health counselor and master’s-level therapist, suggests talking with a trusted friend is the first step in reaching out for help.

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Banish the Winter Blues This Year and Every Year

Even if the weather outside is not frightful, the blues can take a parent down any time during the darker months of winter. If you are subject to a post-holiday crash or gloomy moods all winter long, this list of blues-busters can come to your emotional rescue.

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