Healthy Families Hamilton

Healthy Families Hamilton Do you have questions about pregnancy and parenting children from 0-6 in Hamilton? We have answers! Healthy Families Hamilton is a City of Hamilton Public Health Services' page updated by our Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm (excluding holidays).

We share information and respond to your questions about pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, child safety, growth and development, healthy eating, and taking care of yourself as a parent. We plan to expand our page in the future to include information for parents of children and youth up to age 18. You can also call us at Health Connections 905-546-3550 or visit us at www.hamilton.ca/familyhealth. Thanks for stopping by! Please refer to the Legal Disclaimer tab for additional information about your privacy and the terms and conditions of your use of Healthy Families Hamilton.

Mission: The Healthy Families Division (of Hamilton Public Health Services) promotes health and well-being of children, youth, and families through Public Health programs, children's mental health services, education, and research.

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Registration for Fall programs begins today! Some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited cap...
09/23/2020

Registration for Fall programs begins today! Some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited capacity and program options. To REGISTER and for more information www.hamilton.ca/recreation #HamiltonReopens
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Praise and encouragement can be used to?a) Guide children through the many small steps it takes to master new skillsb) H...
09/22/2020

Praise and encouragement can be used to?
a) Guide children through the many small steps it takes to master new skills
b) Help them develop a positive self-image
c) Provide the motivation they need to stay with a difficult task
d) All the above

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Recreation is back Hamilton! Some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited capacity and progra...
09/21/2020

Recreation is back Hamilton! Some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited capacity and program options. To find out more and to browse fall programs (Registration dates September 23 & 24) visit www.hamilton.ca/recreation #HamiltonReopens
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week highlights the importance of ensuring, that all children are properly secured in a...
09/21/2020

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week highlights the importance of ensuring, that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seatbelt. A child’s age, weight, and height can all play a factor when determining proper safety harnesses.
It’s important to keep up-to-date with all current regulations and suggestions.

Do you have questions about your car seat? Visit the Transport Canada website to answer questions about the 4 stages of child safety in vehicles, tips for proper installation and car seat recalls.
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/child-car-seat-safety.html

~ Lori Chithalen, RN

Many of us are experiencing increased stress as schools re-open and we continue to live with COVID-19.It is important to...
09/18/2020

Many of us are experiencing increased stress as schools re-open and we continue to live with COVID-19.

It is important to take care of your mental health.

Resources and supports are available:
bit.ly/3bec5dD

For tips on how to support student mental health visit:
https://smho-smso.ca/

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Hey Hamilton Families! Recreation is back and some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited ca...
09/17/2020

Hey Hamilton Families! Recreation is back and some things have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with limited capacity and program options (Registration dates September 23 & 24). To find out more and to browse fall programs visit www.hamilton.ca/recreation #HamiltonReopens
~Lori Chithalen, RN

09/16/2020

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed from Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to Monday September 21, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Staff will not be monitoring the Healthy Families Hamilton page during this time. To speak with a Public Health Nurse, call Health Connections at 905-546-3550, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

How can you tell if your child is ready to start toilet learning? ~Lori Chithalen, RN
09/16/2020

How can you tell if your child is ready to start toilet learning? ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Are you or someone you know looking for a family doctor? Check out these resources 👇:💟 ontario.ca/healthcareconnect💟 ham...
09/15/2020

Are you or someone you know looking for a family doctor? Check out these resources 👇:

💟 ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
💟 hamiltondoctors.ca/find-a-doctor/
💟 hamiltonfht.ca/en/index.aspx

#HamOnt ~Lori Chithalen,RN

A free zoom webinar on September 18, 2020 by the Canadian Mental Health Association to support you and your child’s ment...
09/14/2020

A free zoom webinar on September 18, 2020 by the Canadian Mental Health Association to support you and your child’s mental health when returning to school. ~Jen Yates, RD.

What supported you during the first days, weeks and months of breastfeeding your new baby?~Jen Yates, RD.
09/11/2020

What supported you during the first days, weeks and months of breastfeeding your new baby?
~Jen Yates, RD.

Take care of your mouth by choosing foods that are healthy for your teeth and gums. Limit sticky and sweet foods which c...
09/10/2020

Take care of your mouth by choosing foods that are healthy for your teeth and gums. Limit sticky and sweet foods which can cause cavities and tooth decay. This is important at home and when packing lunches and snacks for kids at school!
~ Adrienne Bell, RD

September 9th...the 9th day of the 9th month of the year where the world will remember that during the 9 months of pregn...
09/09/2020

September 9th...the 9th day of the 9th month of the year where the world will remember that during the 9 months of pregnancy, no alcohol is the safest choice. #FASDay #FASDMonth
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Do you think you could tell if your child is having trouble seeing? ~Lori Chithalen, RN
09/08/2020

Do you think you could tell if your child is having trouble seeing? ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Do you have questions? we’ve got answers! We can provide information and support on a variety of topics including:• Brea...
09/04/2020

Do you have questions? we’ve got answers! We can provide information and support on a variety of topics including:
• Breastfeeding
• Child Safety
• Growth and Development
• Healthy Eating
• Positive Parenting
• Postpartum depression and anxiety
• Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
• Home visiting programs and services in the community

Our Public Health Nurses are happy to answer your questions through our Health Connections phone-line at 905-546-3550, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

09/03/2020

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed from Friday September 4, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Staff will not be monitoring the Healthy Families Hamilton page during this time. To speak with a Public Health Nurse, call Health Connections at 905-546-3550, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Jen Yates, RD.

Whether you are packing school lunch or your kids will be at home for lunch this fall, it’s helpful to have a plan for s...
09/03/2020

Whether you are packing school lunch or your kids will be at home for lunch this fall, it’s helpful to have a plan for simple, healthy lunches. Let’s share our ideas! ~Jen Yates, RD.

This year back-to-school will be different. More than ever, students will need the support of caring adults as they head...
09/02/2020

This year back-to-school will be different. More than ever, students will need the support of caring adults as they head back to class.

For tips on how to support student mental health visit:
https://smho-smso.ca/

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Is your child feeling worried about going back to school? Talking through worries and stresses can help. Book a free vid...
09/01/2020

Is your child feeling worried about going back to school? Talking through worries and stresses can help. Book a free video or phone counselling appointment for your child or teen under 18. https://bit.ly/2Z4HtIX
~Lori Chithalen, RN

08/31/2020

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed from Monday August 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Staff will not be monitoring the Healthy Families Hamilton page during this time. To speak with a Public Health Nurse, call Health Connections at 905-546-3550, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Jen Yates, RD.

While most foods are safe to eat while pregnant, there are a few to limit or avoid. ~Jen Yates, RD.
08/31/2020

While most foods are safe to eat while pregnant, there are a few to limit or avoid. ~Jen Yates, RD.

Enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruit takes time for many kids. They learn this over many years. Consider some of t...
08/27/2020

Enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruit takes time for many kids. They learn this over many years. Consider some of these activities to help them along! ~Jen Yates, RD.

Do you know how long breast milk can be stored in the fridge? What about the freezer?  Any tips on storing breast milk? ...
08/25/2020

Do you know how long breast milk can be stored in the fridge?
What about the freezer? Any tips on storing breast milk? Let us know what you think below! ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Is your child feeling worried about going back to school? Talking through worries and stresses can help. Book a free vid...
08/24/2020

Is your child feeling worried about going back to school? Talking through worries and stresses can help. Book a free video or phone counselling appointment for your child or teen under 18. https://bit.ly/2Z4HtIX
~Lori Chithalen, RN

For free nutrition and healthy eating advice from Registered Dietitians call Telehealth Ontario1-866-797-0000 or visit U...
08/21/2020

For free nutrition and healthy eating advice from
Registered Dietitians call Telehealth Ontario
1-866-797-0000 or visit UnlockFood.ca
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Check out these Free Zoom Webinars by the Canadian Mental Health Association to support you and your child’s mental heal...
08/20/2020

Check out these Free Zoom Webinars by the Canadian Mental Health Association to support you and your child’s mental health when returning to school. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

08/19/2020

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed from Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday August 25, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Staff will not be monitoring the Healthy Families Hamilton page during this time. To speak with a Public Health Nurse, call Health Connections at 905-546-3550, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

List a benefit of holding your baby skin to skin ~Lori Chithalen, RN
08/19/2020

List a benefit of holding your baby skin to skin ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Keep your kids out of the clean plate club! Putting pressure on our kids to eat more than their bodies tell them to teac...
08/18/2020

Keep your kids out of the clean plate club!

Putting pressure on our kids to eat more than their bodies tell them to teaches them to ignore their hunger cues that tell them they’ve had enough to eat. This could set them up for a lifetime of eating when they are not hungry. It can also lead to power struggles and unhappy mealtimes. ~ Adrienne Bell, RD

Parenting brings excitement as well as challenges. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. ...
08/17/2020

Parenting brings excitement as well as challenges. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. It is normal for all parents to have questions about parenting.
Have you checked out our Parenting with LOVE videos? They are short & sweet but full of great information.
Topics covered include:
STOP, LOVE, Self-Compassion, Routines, Self-Regulation, Role Modeling, Temperament and More! If you like what you see, spread the word!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/HealthyFamiliesHamilton/643176435884704/
~Lori Chithalen, RN

08/14/2020

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed from Friday August 14, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Staff will not be monitoring the Healthy Families Hamilton page during this time. To speak with a Public Health Nurse, call Health Connections at 905-546-3550, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Jen Yates, RD.

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Hamilton, ON

General information

The City of Hamilton staff departments will ensure that inclusive methods of communications will be made available to persons who have disabilities and ensure that they are adapted, where possible, to take into account a person’s disability. Documents will be made available, on request. If you require this support, please private message Healthy Families Hamilton.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(905) 546-3550

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Healthy Families Hamilton is a City of Hamilton Public Health Services' page founded on September 9, 2013.

We share information and respond to your questions about pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, child safety, growth and development, healthy eating, dental health and taking care of yourself as a parent. You can also call us at Health Connections 905-546-3550 or visit us at www.hamilton.ca/public-health

Please refer to the Legal Disclaimer tab for additional information about your privacy and the terms and conditions of your use of Healthy Families Hamilton.

Land Acknowledgement:

The City of Hamilton is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.

Mission:

The Healthy Families Division (of Hamilton Public Health Services) promotes health and well-being of children, youth, and families through Public Health programs, children's mental health services, education, and research.

General Information:

The City of Hamilton staff departments will ensure that inclusive methods of communications will be made available to persons who have disabilities and ensure that they are adapted, where possible, to take into account a person’s disability. Documents will be made available, on request. If you require this support, please private message Healthy Families Hamilton.

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Will there be another feeding your babies seminar? I missed the Oct 17 one
Today I had my last Welcome Baby Class, with Stephanie dietitian, Hannah and Stephanie nurses. They are kind, helpful, knowledgeable women. In the past 13 months: I 've learned a lot, had fun, met great people. And the most important thing I had support during my pregnancy and 6 months after that. Thank you ladies.
Healthy Families Hamilton is experiencing technical difficulties related to facebook verifying our account. Please call Health Connections 905-546-3550 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. We apologize for any inconvenience.
With a newborn, how long should bottles, nipples, feeding tubes etc stay submerged in a rolling boil to be considered sanitized?
Good morning! Feel free to post your answers, comments and questions you may have here. Call Hamilton’s Quit Smoking Clinic at (905) 546-2424 Ext. 3788 to find out how you and/or a family member can quit!  ~Belinda Marazzato, RN
Good morning Hamilton families! Feel free to post your answers, comments and questions you may have here. Call Hamilton’s Quit Smoking Clinic at (905) 546-2424 Ext. 3788 to find out how you and/or a family member can quit!  ~Belinda Marazzato RN
Do you need to sterilize bottles once the baby has fully switched to whole milk? How much whole milk should a 16 month old have? She is 24.7lbs. Thank you