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

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

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Self-care is about self-preservation. It’s a necessity, not an indulgence. It does not have to be big or complicated. Ke...
07/14/2021

Self-care is about self-preservation. It’s a necessity, not an indulgence. It does not have to be big or complicated.
Keep it simple with these 15-minute tips to help you feel better: http://bit.ly/take-15-min

You can also access a printable booklet of these tips:https://ontario.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CMHA_MHW-2021_Booklet-EN-FINAL.pdf
~Adrienne Bell, RD.

Self-care is about self-preservation. It’s a necessity, not an indulgence. It does not have to be big or complicated.
Keep it simple with these 15-minute tips to help you feel better: http://bit.ly/take-15-min

You can also access a printable booklet of these tips:https://ontario.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CMHA_MHW-2021_Booklet-EN-FINAL.pdf
~Adrienne Bell, RD.

It’s time to play outdoors! Hamilton’s EarlyON’s outdoor programs are open. Join us for story, creative and physical act...
07/13/2021

It’s time to play outdoors! Hamilton’s EarlyON’s outdoor programs are open. Join us for story, creative and physical activities that caregivers and young children can enjoy together. Learn more at hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres
#HamOnt
~Adrienne Bell, RD.

It’s time to play outdoors! Hamilton’s EarlyON’s outdoor programs are open. Join us for story, creative and physical activities that caregivers and young children can enjoy together. Learn more at hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres
#HamOnt
~Adrienne Bell, RD.

Enjoy Supie programs in #HamOnt again this summer! Stay active safely with Recreation - more info on how to participate,...
07/13/2021

Enjoy Supie programs in #HamOnt again this summer! Stay active safely with Recreation - more info on how to participate, locations and COVID-19 safety measures: www.hamilton.ca/supie

~Adrienne Bell, RD.

Enjoy Supie programs in #HamOnt again this summer! Stay active safely with Recreation - more info on how to participate, locations and COVID-19 safety measures: www.hamilton.ca/supie

~Adrienne Bell, RD.

Are you or someone you know looking for a family doctor? Check out these resources 👇:💟 ontario.ca/healthcareconnect💟 ham...
07/12/2021

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

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

If you have questions or need support with breastfeeding, we can help!   Hamilton Public Health offers free breastfeedin...
07/09/2021

If you have questions or need support with breastfeeding, we can help!

Hamilton Public Health offers free breastfeeding services to those who need it by email or telephone. Call our Health Connections phoneline at 905-546-3550 (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to speak with a public health nurse or lactation consultant to answer your questions.
For more information on breastfeeding and support, visit:
https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/when-get-help-breastfeeding.

You can also call Telehealth Ontario toll free at 1-866-797-0000. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for breastfeeding support from a registered nurse. #HamOnt

Please reach out if you need us, we are here for you. 😊

~ Lori Chithalen, RN

If you have questions or need support with breastfeeding, we can help!

Hamilton Public Health offers free breastfeeding services to those who need it by email or telephone. Call our Health Connections phoneline at 905-546-3550 (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm) to speak with a public health nurse or lactation consultant to answer your questions.
For more information on breastfeeding and support, visit:
https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/when-get-help-breastfeeding.

You can also call Telehealth Ontario toll free at 1-866-797-0000. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for breastfeeding support from a registered nurse. #HamOnt

Please reach out if you need us, we are here for you. 😊

~ Lori Chithalen, RN

Starting solid foods is an exciting time when your baby learns to eat! What do you think – should your baby have a varie...
07/08/2021

Starting solid foods is an exciting time when your baby learns to eat! What do you think – should your baby have a variety of food textures from 6 months of age? Feel free to post in the comments below.
~Adrienne Bell, RD

Starting solid foods is an exciting time when your baby learns to eat! What do you think – should your baby have a variety of food textures from 6 months of age? Feel free to post in the comments below.
~Adrienne Bell, RD

Wading pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/out...
07/07/2021

Wading pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools
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~Adrienne Bell, RD

Wading pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools
☀️
~Adrienne Bell, RD

HamOnt EarlyON Centres are reopening free outdoor programs for families! To find an outdoor EarlyON location near you vi...
07/07/2021

HamOnt EarlyON Centres are reopening free outdoor programs for families! To find an outdoor EarlyON location near you visit hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres
#HamOnt

~Adrienne Bell, RD.

HamOnt EarlyON Centres are reopening free outdoor programs for families! To find an outdoor EarlyON location near you visit hamilton.ca/earlyoncentres
#HamOnt

~Adrienne Bell, RD.

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in shaping the early experiences that lay down the foundation for later readi...
07/06/2021

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in shaping the early experiences that lay down the foundation for later reading skills." Thumbs up if you agree!

Read, Speak and Sing with your child every day to help with literacy and language skill development! What are your favourite stories to read or songs to sing with your child? #HamOnt
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in shaping the early experiences that lay down the foundation for later reading skills." Thumbs up if you agree!

Read, Speak and Sing with your child every day to help with literacy and language skill development! What are your favourite stories to read or songs to sing with your child? #HamOnt
~Lori Chithalen, RN

July 5th is National Injury Prevention Day! Most of the injuries that occur in Canada are preventable. We must take acti...
07/05/2021

July 5th is National Injury Prevention Day! Most of the injuries that occur in Canada are preventable. We must take action to create a Canada, free from serious injuries and deaths.
Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any disease, and more youth than all other causes combined. Every day, 48 Canadians die and 634 are hospitalized because of injuries.
Injuries among children (ages 0-14) cost the Canadian economy $2.9 billion in 2018.
Learn more at www.parachute.ca/NIPD #CostofInjury2021 #ParachuteNIPD

To discover how to prevent injuries before they happen, visit: https://www.parachute.ca/en/injury-topics/
https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/child-safety-home

~Lori Chithalen, RN

July 5th is National Injury Prevention Day! Most of the injuries that occur in Canada are preventable. We must take action to create a Canada, free from serious injuries and deaths.
Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any disease, and more youth than all other causes combined. Every day, 48 Canadians die and 634 are hospitalized because of injuries.
Injuries among children (ages 0-14) cost the Canadian economy $2.9 billion in 2018.
Learn more at www.parachute.ca/NIPD #CostofInjury2021 #ParachuteNIPD

To discover how to prevent injuries before they happen, visit: https://www.parachute.ca/en/injury-topics/
https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/child-safety-home

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pmAttend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Langua...
07/05/2021

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pm
Attend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Language Pathologist who will
share information about language norms and answer questions in this interactive group time.
Registration: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pm
Attend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Language Pathologist who will
share information about language norms and answer questions in this interactive group time.
Registration: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Supie is back this summer (July 5 – Aug 27) but some things have changed. For more info on how to participate, locations...
07/05/2021

Supie is back this summer (July 5 – Aug 27) but some things have changed. For more info on how to participate, locations and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/supie #HamOnt
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Supie is back this summer (July 5 – Aug 27) but some things have changed. For more info on how to participate, locations and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/supie #HamOnt
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Are you or someone you know looking for FREE or low-cost food options? Check out the City of Hamilton’s Food Access Guid...
07/02/2021

Are you or someone you know looking for FREE or low-cost food options? Check out the City of Hamilton’s Food Access Guide for details about 👇:

🍎 Food Banks 🥕 Free Meals 🍛 Community Meals 🥫 Low Cost Meals 🌱 Community Gardens 👩🏽‍🌾 Community Kitchens 👨🏻‍🍳 Good Food Box 📦 Student Nutrition Programs 🍉 Prenatal Nutrition programs 🤰🏾 and more…
http://foodaccessguide.ca/
#HamOnt

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Are you or someone you know looking for FREE or low-cost food options? Check out the City of Hamilton’s Food Access Guide for details about 👇:

🍎 Food Banks 🥕 Free Meals 🍛 Community Meals 🥫 Low Cost Meals 🌱 Community Gardens 👩🏽‍🌾 Community Kitchens 👨🏻‍🍳 Good Food Box 📦 Student Nutrition Programs 🍉 Prenatal Nutrition programs 🤰🏾 and more…
http://foodaccessguide.ca/
#HamOnt

~Lori Chithalen, RN

06/30/2021

Healthy Families Hamilton will be closed on Thursday, July 1st for the stat holiday and staff will not be monitoring the page that day. Healthy Families Hamilton will reopen on Friday July 2nd at 8:30am. 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. excluding stat holidays. For information on how our page works, please see our Legal Disclaimer. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pmAttend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Langua...
06/30/2021

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pm
Attend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Language Pathologist who will
share information about language norms and answer questions in this interactive group time.
Registration: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Speech Language Pathologist - Monday July 5th 7:00-7:30pm
Attend a free virtual zoom session with a Speech Language Pathologist who will
share information about language norms and answer questions in this interactive group time.
Registration: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Pelvic Floor Health-Temporary bladder control problems are common during pregnancy-Exercising pelvic floor muscles can h...
06/30/2021

Pelvic Floor Health
-Temporary bladder control problems are common during pregnancy
-Exercising pelvic floor muscles can help prevent or treat bladder control problems.
-Bladder control problems may show up months to years after childbirth.
-Talk to your health care professional ii this happens to you.

-Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor so that the bladder is kept in place and the urethra stays shut tight.
-Kegel exercises can be done as a preventive measure to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong.

How to do them
-Stand, sit or lie down with your knees slightly apart.
Relax.
-Find your pelvic muscle. Imagine that you are trying to hold back urine or a bowel movement.
-Squeeze the muscles you would use to do that. DO NOT tighten your stomach or buttocks.
-Tighten the muscles for 5 to 10 seconds. Make sure you keep breathing normally.
-Now relax the muscles for about 10 seconds.
-Repeat 12–20 times, three to five times a day.
Stick to it!
-You should begin to see results after a few weeks. Like any other muscle in your body, your pelvic muscles will only stay strong if you exercise them regularly.

Here are some helpful resources for more information.
http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/pdfs/pregnancychildbirth.pdf

https://www.canadiancontinence.ca/pdfs/The-Source.pdf

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Pelvic Floor Health
-Temporary bladder control problems are common during pregnancy
-Exercising pelvic floor muscles can help prevent or treat bladder control problems.
-Bladder control problems may show up months to years after childbirth.
-Talk to your health care professional ii this happens to you.

-Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor so that the bladder is kept in place and the urethra stays shut tight.
-Kegel exercises can be done as a preventive measure to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong.

How to do them
-Stand, sit or lie down with your knees slightly apart.
Relax.
-Find your pelvic muscle. Imagine that you are trying to hold back urine or a bowel movement.
-Squeeze the muscles you would use to do that. DO NOT tighten your stomach or buttocks.
-Tighten the muscles for 5 to 10 seconds. Make sure you keep breathing normally.
-Now relax the muscles for about 10 seconds.
-Repeat 12–20 times, three to five times a day.
Stick to it!
-You should begin to see results after a few weeks. Like any other muscle in your body, your pelvic muscles will only stay strong if you exercise them regularly.

Here are some helpful resources for more information.
http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/pdfs/pregnancychildbirth.pdf

https://www.canadiancontinence.ca/pdfs/The-Source.pdf

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Mental Health Support Facilitator and ECE Join Natalie Busato R.S.W., RECE and Alanna Lubansky RECE, to ask your...
06/29/2021

Ask the Mental Health Support Facilitator and ECE
Join Natalie Busato R.S.W., RECE and Alanna Lubansky RECE, to ask your questions about day-to-day concerns and stressors regarding your child

Date: Wednesday June 30, 7:00-7:30 PM

Register: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Ask the Mental Health Support Facilitator and ECE
Join Natalie Busato R.S.W., RECE and Alanna Lubansky RECE, to ask your questions about day-to-day concerns and stressors regarding your child

Date: Wednesday June 30, 7:00-7:30 PM

Register: https://bit.ly/EarlyONReg_HWCCCC

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Tummy time is when you place your baby on their stomach, while they are awake, supervised and in a safe place on the flo...
06/29/2021

Tummy time is when you place your baby on their stomach, while they are awake, supervised and in a safe place on the floor. Tummy time is a perfect time to play with your baby.

What are some of the benefits of a baby having tummy time every day?
a) Helps baby develop head and neck control
b) Helps baby to eventually learn to roll, sit and crawl
c) Helps to prevent baby from developing a flat spot on their head
d) All of the above
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Tummy time is when you place your baby on their stomach, while they are awake, supervised and in a safe place on the floor. Tummy time is a perfect time to play with your baby.

What are some of the benefits of a baby having tummy time every day?
a) Helps baby develop head and neck control
b) Helps baby to eventually learn to roll, sit and crawl
c) Helps to prevent baby from developing a flat spot on their head
d) All of the above
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measur...
06/28/2021

Outdoor pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor pools are NOW OPEN in #HamOnt. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Like if you Agree! Having consistent and reliable routines will help your child feel safe and secure. ~Lori Chithalen, R...
06/28/2021

Like if you Agree! Having consistent and reliable routines will help your child feel safe and secure. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Like if you Agree! Having consistent and reliable routines will help your child feel safe and secure. ~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor and Wading pools in #HamOnt reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 saf...
06/25/2021

Outdoor and Wading pools in #HamOnt reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools
~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor and Wading pools in #HamOnt reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools
~Lori Chithalen, RN

When can you introduce solid foods to your baby? How do you know they are ready? #Nutrition #HamOnt~Adrienne Bell, RD
06/25/2021

When can you introduce solid foods to your baby? How do you know they are ready? #Nutrition #HamOnt
~Adrienne Bell, RD

When can you introduce solid foods to your baby? How do you know they are ready? #Nutrition #HamOnt
~Adrienne Bell, RD

We can learn a lot by observing our babies. They are giving us cues all the time. How does your baby tell you when they ...
06/24/2021

We can learn a lot by observing our babies. They are giving us cues all the time. How does your baby tell you when they are hungry and ready to feed? :) ~ Adrienne Bell, RD

We can learn a lot by observing our babies. They are giving us cues all the time. How does your baby tell you when they are hungry and ready to feed? :) ~ Adrienne Bell, RD

There have been many changes because of COVID-19. If your child is having a hard time managing their emotions it can be ...
06/23/2021

There have been many changes because of COVID-19. If your child is having a hard time managing their emotions it can be very difficult. We are here to help. Public Health Services has free online and phone counselling for children under 18 and their families. For younger children 0-6, therapists can help you with extra tips and support to help your little one have a more calm and happy day. For more information visit: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/clinics-services/child-and-adolescent-services
To book an appointment: https://caas.ontarionow.ca/self-referral/

~Lori Chithalen, RN

There have been many changes because of COVID-19. If your child is having a hard time managing their emotions it can be very difficult. We are here to help. Public Health Services has free online and phone counselling for children under 18 and their families. For younger children 0-6, therapists can help you with extra tips and support to help your little one have a more calm and happy day. For more information visit: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/clinics-services/child-and-adolescent-services
To book an appointment: https://caas.ontarionow.ca/self-referral/

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor and Wading pools across the city reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-1...
06/22/2021

Outdoor and Wading pools across the city reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools

~Lori Chithalen, RN

Outdoor and Wading pools across the city reopen soon. For more info on locations, schedules, how to register and COVID-19 safety measures, visit www.hamilton.ca/outdoorpools

~Lori Chithalen, RN

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The new recommendations from Dr.Richardson on gyms are simply ridiculous and grossly exaggerate the situation. Limiting gyms to 10 people including staff isn't realistic. Wearing masks during exercise is a direct contradiction of Health Canada regulations which warns of heart and other serious problems if masks are worn. Clearly Dr. Richardson has no understanding of gyms and the benefits they provide. She should refrain from making such ridiculous and impractical statements. Obviously you want people to cooperate with Public Health guidelines but, if you make unrealistic demands you will only anger the people that use gyms. In my case, if you make going to the gym any more difficult, I will disobey every recommendation you make, not just regarding gyms but going in public in general. Instead of working to prevent the spread, I will do whatever I can to make Covid and other germs spread more!!!!!!!! And there are lots more who feel the same way I do!!!!!!!
Happening tomorrow! Both you and your child will each get a $10 for participating. Free parking & light refreshments also provided. REGISTER BELOW. Let me know if there are questions.
The Central West To***co Control Area Network (CW TCAN) wants to know more about what youth and their caregivers know about va**ng. Register to attend with your child and participate in separate 1-hour focus groups during any one of the following times/locations. $10 gift cards, refreshments & free parking provided! Wednesday January 15th, 2020 (6:45-8:00pm) Ancaster Rotary Centre (385 Jerseyville Rd. W.) Rooms 2 & 3 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/88902151729 Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 (6:45-8:00pm) David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main St. W.) Rooms 2018 & 2019 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/88905943069 Thursday January 23rd, 2020 (6:45-8:00pm) McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Rd. S.) Rms 4 & 5 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/88911957057
Last chance to register for "the Unfiltered Facts about Va**ng" tomorrow night. Register at:
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, ni***es, 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