Health & Safety

Question: Should a Nanny Care for a Sick Child?

by Martha Scully  •  November 10, 2009
Yesterday, I received this question from one of our nannies in Toronto. I thought I would open up the question to my valued readers for your opinions, and provide a forum to discuss this. The question is: "If a child has flu-like symptoms, should a nanny take care of the child as usual or should the parents opt to stay home with the child?"
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H1N1 and your Child

by Martha Scully  •  October 13, 2009
Information about H1N1 is changing everyday. Those of us with children are especially nervous about this virus. Young children touch hundreds of things a day and put lots of wonderful items in their mouth; however, there are ways that you can ensure that your nannies are helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Hand washing is very important for both nannies and the children and should be done regularly throughout the day. Nannies should also keep hand sanitizer with them at all times and ...
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Keeping your Back Safe & Healthy

by Martha Scully  •  October 05, 2009
Nannies and parents across Canada lift, carry, bend and twist all day for their children. These movements are done so natuarlly, you may not realize what you’re doing. Unforntuately, nannies and parents hurt themselves on a regular basis by not lifting your child correctly. Your well-being is just as important as your child’s well-being, so here are some tips to ensure that you keep your back safe.
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Gross! Health Problems for Kids

by Martha Scully  •  August 19, 2009
As children, we all encounter many different germs on a daily basis – man, some of them are gross! Four of the grossest health issues are scabies, ringworm, pinworms, and lice. We’ve gathered some information to tell you what each one is, how they’re spread, the symptoms to watch for, and how to eliminate them.
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Sunscreen and You

by Martha Scully  •  June 03, 2009
As everyone knows protecting yourself from the sun is very important for everyone during the summer. It is especially important for children, specifically babies, because the outer layer of their skin is thinner and they haven’t developed their skin protection system yet, so their skin is more sensitive and can burn far more quickly than adults. Be sure that you discuss sunscreen and hats with your caregiver.
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