“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.
"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.
From the earliest age that a child starts to crawl and explore the world around them, through and including the active years of childhood and adolescence, damage to the teeth, bones, gums, cheeks and lips is common. Falling and tripping over objects is the most usual cause of dental injury.
We can’t deny that we live in a beautiful city where its splendor shines through the frost and deep banks of snow over our long winter. While Mother Nature gifts us with a chinook once in a while, it’s not unusual to see the thermostat plummet to arctic conditions. With our fluctuating temperatures, keeping active can become a challenge but the season can provide families with an opportunity to explore a variety of activities.
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