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It’s Winter - Stay Healthy!

Monday, March 15th, 2010

healthy-kids-in-winterby Dr. Philip Ukrainetz and Jana Sinclair

Living in Canada requires a certain ability to look for the silver lining when we are saddled with winter for six months out of the year. Sure, it takes a lot of patience to dress your kids up like Michelin Man to go outside for a mere 10 minutes, but there are so many fun winter activities to share with your kids.

Here are a few ways to keep them healthy and prepare them for a great time outdoors:

1. You’ve heard it a million times, but it’s worth repeating. Ensure your child washes his or her hands, and does it frequently. Cold and flu viruses can spread by direct contact from other kids that carry the virus, or simply by touching objects that have come in contact with someone who has a cold. Viruses are hearty and can survive on objects sometimes for weeks. For a thorough clean, wash the back of the hands, in-between fingers and down the sides of the hands. Rub hands vigorously to kill all those germs. For times when soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based cleaner or pre-moistened hand wipes.

2. Be careful you don’t over-heat your child. If kids are going to be active outside, dress them one layer warmer than you would dress yourself. Toques and gloves need to be insisted upon as kid’s extremities can get cold faster than adults, and kids are slow to recognize when frost-bite is setting in. If you are planning on doing all the activity yourself and just pulling your little one along in a sled (or if your child is inactive for long periods of time) dress him or her far more warmly than you would dress yourself.

3. In the event your child does get a touch of frost bite, do not rub the frost bitten area or try to heat it too quickly. Letting the skin air at room temperature or using tepid water is most effective and safe. You may want to give your child ibuprofen as soon as you recognize they have cold fingers or toes to head off the re-warming pain.

4. Lastly, and maybe surprisingly, embrace colds. (I know, this is a hard one!) Look at it this way – each cold boosts a child’s immune system. The goal is not to be cold free, or one day your child will develop an infection that even the worst cold can’t rival. The average child will get six to ten colds per year. Treat your child’s colds as you would your own – get them lots of rest, provide plenty of liquids, and if it works for your child, try a humidifier at night. Ironically, a little cold now and then will keep your child out of the hospital.

Now that you know how to protect your kids from the weather and keep them healthy go ahead and enjoy all the fun activities our Canadian winter has to offer.

Dr. Philip Ukrainetz is an emergency pediatrician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. He also is the in-flight physician for STARS and works with parents on preventative medicine and keeping kids out of the hospital. Jana Sinclair is a mom and one of three Calgary women who founded b.l.i.s. (because life is special) Inc., makers of the HealthPod Baby. For more information, visit www.healthpod.ca.

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Taking care of ourselves

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

As the only person in the company who doesn’t have kids, I sometimes refer to myself as “the most educated non-parent”!  Having co-created the HealthPod Baby, I have learned so much about raising and caring for kids that I feel like I will be more than ready when it’s my turn to have kids.

The reason that I got into the business of co-creating and selling the HealthPod Baby was simply because I fundamentally believe that everyone is responsible for their own health.  Just like it is our responsibility to take care of our career and not rely solely on our managers or our companies to take care of us, I see that it is even more important to take care of ourselves and be responsible for our own health.  As good as our health system is, it can’t possibly take care of us in a way that we can take care of ourselves.

I was reminded of this today when I went to get a breast ultrasound for some cysts that my doctor recently found.  Because I am HealthPod believer, I use a HealthPod Baby to manage my health.  Although designed with children in mind, it helps me track my health (I have taken out the sections that don’t apply like milestones and food introductions etc) and keep what is most important: emergency information, health contacts, doctor visits, health, dental, specialist summaries, allergies and family history - as you can see a lot applies right through your life!

Going through this experience reminded me about how difficult it is for our medical system to share and gain quick access to our records.   When I arrived at the radiology clinic, they asked me if I had ever had an ultrasound or mammogram before. Luckily I had recorded in my HealthPod that on November 26, 2007, I had an ultrasound and mammogram with the following results.  The technician said, “really, we only show that your last breast ultrasound was in 2002, were did you have it done?”  I had written down that it was at the Women’s Imaging Center.  This information is important as with many medical tests, doctors rely on changes to make better assessments.  This way they could see how it had progressed between 2002, 2007 and today.  She said that they will call the Women’s Imaging Center and get the results sent over for them to compare.

It was an important reminder of how valuable this information is when you really need it and how I can make sure that I am the expert on and owner of my health.

Marci, Co-Founder


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