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Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse During COVID-19

The Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) provides hope, help, and healing for children, youth, and families who have experienced severe abuse. During this unknown and stressful time, they remain open - with protective measures in place - to provide essential services to children, youth, and their families.

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Psychological Coping During a Pandemic

During a pandemic, it’s not uncommon to experience strong emotions. Psychology helps us to understand normal responses to abnormal events - this can help Albertans cope. Novel and unfamiliar threats provoke anxiety and even unrealistic fears and racism. Social distancing, effective communications, and public health measures are realistic lines of defense.

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The Diet Dilemma

“David’s mom is fat. She needs to go on a diet.” When my sweet kindergartner innocently uttered this line after school one day, I couldn’t hide my shock. After experiencing my own body image ups and downs, I’d tried to protect my young kids from talking about weight loss and dieting. Faking composure, I countered with, “Oh? Um, where did you hear that?”

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Injuries to Children's Teeth

As babies start to crawl and explore, they meet many obstacles. Through the active years of childhood and adolescence, these obstacles may become more prevalent, and injuries causing damage to the teeth, bone, gums, cheeks, and lips are common. The most likely cause of dental injuries in kids are falls and tripping over objects. For young kids, playing near coffee tables or fireplaces, running at the swimming pool, and wearing socks on a slippery floor are activities that often cause falls and dental injuries. And anyone who plays contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard also risks severe dental injury; a tooth may be knocked out, moved, broken.

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