Life's Foibles

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope… and enables you to laugh at life's realities. Theodore " - Dr. Seuss" Geisel

Consider This

The mother who gave birth to the most children was the wife of Russian Feodor Vassilyev. Her 69 children including 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

Kids Food

As many as 50% of youngsters in Canada are overweight and about 25% are considered obese. The culprits are often too much television and junk food and oversized portions at home or as fast food restaurants. Here's how to get your children to eat better and trim down naturally.

- Keep cold water and precut raw vegetables and fruit in the fridge for snacking.

- Toss the junk food you have and don't buy anymore.

- Share healthy family meals and restrict eating to the kitchen or dining room - not in front of the TV.

Nosebleed Help

1). Tilt your head forward and down. Tilting it back can cause blood to flow into your throat.

2). Pinch your nose below the bridge and hold it.

3).Don't plug your nose with anything. Pulling it out could rupture the vessels.

T he birth process may be one of the most traumatic events of our lives. Even so called "natural" birthing methods can stress a still developing spine. The resulting irritation to the nervous system can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, unexplained crying, poor appetite, breathing problems, ear infections and allergic reactions can often be traced to nervous system dysfunction caused by a malfunctioning spine.

Head support, followed by crawling, and a baby's first few steps should be followed by chiropractic checkups. If neglected, the bumps and falls during this period of rapid growth may lead to serious spinal deformities later in life. This can set the stage for scoliosis, "growing pains," and a weakened immune system response.

Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal problem. Parents of children, who are regularly adjusted, often report that their children seem healthier than other kids their age.

Many spinal problems seen in adults begin in childhood. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Do you know a child who can benefit from chiropractic care?

Few occasions make parents feel as helpless as when their children suffer from an ear infection. Also known as otitis media, ear infections are the most common childhood health problem. While chiropractic care doesn't treat earaches, it often revives the body's own inborn healing ability naturally - without drugs or surgery. Learn more about your options.

Scoliosis Check

Of every 1,000 children, three to five develop spinal curves that are considered large enough to need treatment. Scoliosis can be detected by uneven shoulder height, a loss of structural balance, a change in posture or unequal leg length. Here is a quick test you can perform on children of any age.

1). Have the child lie face down on a bed with their feet hanging off the edge. The legs should be kept together with their arms resting at their side.

2). During the test, their head must be facing straight down. Check to see if one leg appears shorter.

3). Test further of bending their legs up at the knees and compare again. A short or contracted leg is a common condition that can lead to scoliosis relate problems.

Creating Special Time With Your Children

Impactful time with our kinds does not have to involve a major investment in time or money. Take small chunks of available time and combine it with your undivided attention and pleasant events to create wonderful moments.

1). Schedule a range of time into our weekly calendar just for your kids. Preferably one child at time. Plan this bit of time one or two times a week.

2). During this time, don's answer the phone, watch television, do laundry, check your e-mail or review homework. Make this time exclusively dedicated to the child.

3). This time need not be spent doing anything educational or productive. This is just together time and that, in itself, is beneficial.

4). Pre-plan the day with your child so they understand the range of time you will spend and can offer ideas on what they would like to do. Do something the child likes - even if it is not your top interest.

5). Be more concerned about the process than the outcome. Sharing time is more important that the perfection of the finished job. Don't "fix" their art or constructive projects. When the work is done the finished piece will be perfect in your eyes.

6). Begin this custom when your children are very young and continue it as long as your kids will allow. You may find that these special moments can help you through the more difficult times in your relationship.

Summer is fast approaching. If you haven't done so already, call our office to schedule an appointment for your children. Dr. Chan will evaluate their posture and spine for any problems. The key to good health is prevention.

Vitality Chiropractic Health Centre
2023 Sheppard Avenue East • Toronto • Ontario • M2J 1W6
Tel: 416-332-3769