PCA 2020

Health & Wellness

Sick and Tired

Winter is a wonderful time of year with the joy of holiday traditions, family gatherings, and travel. It is also the time of year when germs abound. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity peaks during December, January, and February. So what happens if you get the flu? Here are six ideas to help you get through the day and the season.

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Body Temperature and Fever

One of the signs of illness is a high or low body temperature. Taking your baby’s or child’s temperature under their arm with a digital thermometer is the easiest and safest way of checking to see whether their temperature is normal (not too high or too low). It’s not recommended to take a baby’s or child’s temperature by putting a thermometer in the anus, in the ear, or on the skin (e.g., fever strips). Rectal thermometers may cause damage to the bowel if not used properly. Ear thermometers and fever strips may not give an accurate reading in children under two years old. Glass thermometers are not recommended since they may break.

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Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships

Recent stats have shown a staggering increase in the amount of domestic conflict calls to the Calgary Police Service (CPS). Current economic pressures continue to add to the growing list of possible family stressors, making it critical to reinforce the importance of healthy relationships with our children and ourselves. Domestic conflict has an enormous impact on children, and it’s important that anyone involved in an abusive relationship - man, woman or child - knows how to access help.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Head

Spring is an exciting time of year, full of sweet anticipation. The days are getting longer, brighter and warmer as nature shakes off her winter sleep and comes back to life. For many, it is a time to feel energized and tackle new goals with the family. However, if a long winter has left you drained, you may feel too bogged down by stress and fatigue to enjoy this season. Parenting is demanding work, and we can hit the wall at any time of year.

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