The science behind COVID-19 vaccines: parent FAQs
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(Healthy Children) — Since COVID-19 vaccines became available to anyone age 12 and up in May 2021, millions of adolescents have been safely vaccinated. Now, children 5 to 11 years old can get vaccinated, too.

Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a grade-school age child, you likely have questions about the vaccine.  …

Pandemic left its mark on Quebec’s youngest, study concludes
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(Healthing/ The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec’s youngest inhabitants were hit hard by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by the province’s Early Childhood Observatory has found.

The study’s good news is that “the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 is very low in children, and there have been no fatalities  …

Hand-washing, no yelling ‘trick-or-treat’: Quebec offers up pandemic Halloween rules
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(Morgan Lowrie/ CTV News) — Quebec kids are being asked not to yell ‘trick-or-treat’ as they go door-to-door for candy and to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy this Halloween.

The province’s Health Department today published a list of guidelines to help celebrate the holiday safely amid the ongoing  …

Most preschoolers eat too much sugar, new Guelph study shows
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(David Ma/ CBC News) — A new study from the University of Guelph has found many preschoolers in the city are eating more than the recommended amount of sugar on a daily basis.

Children should only get five to 10 per cent of daily energy from free sugar, or sugars added to food or drinks, as recommended by the World Health Organization,  …

Asthma in toddlers linked to in-utero exposure to air pollution
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(Damian Carrington/ The Guardian) — Infants whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of tiny air pollution particles during pregnancy are much more likely to develop asthma, according to research.

The study analysed the impact of ultra-fine particles (UFPs), which are not regulated by governments. These are thought  …