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Child Health

Positive Parenting

Positive parenting is a style of parenting. It involves creating a home environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Parents help children learn to manage their behaviour and emotions in a positive way. This builds a respectful, loving relationship between parents and their children.

Extra Support for Expectant Mothers and New Parents

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program is a free home-visiting program for expectant mothers and new parents with a child up to age six who need more support with:

  • Prenatal health care
  • Preparing for a new baby
  • Building strong relationships
  • Feeding a toddler
  • Managing a child’s behaviour
  • Being a positive parent
  • Connecting to helpful services in Renfrew County and District

Skilled Public Health Nurses and Home Visitors visit with parents and their family at home.

The visits can be arranged between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The number of visits and the length of each visit will depend on individual needs.

To ask about participating in Healthy Babies Healthy Children:

Health care providers can make a referral using the online Healthy Babies Health Children Referral Form for Service Providers.

Parenting Education

For the next available parenting program see our Parenting page.

Parenting Resources

Children See Children Learn

Frequently Asked Questions about Time-outs

Soothers – What you need to know(Français) Les sucettes – Ce que vous devez savoir

What to Expect… The Second Night

Grow with your child from infant to preschooler. Find the newsletter that matches your child’s age.

Lets Grow – Newborn

Lets Grow -1-3 months

Let’s Grow – newborn

Let’s Grow – 1 to 3 months

Let’s Grow – 4 to 6 months

Let’s Grow – 7 to 9 months

Let’s Grow – 10 to 12 months

Let’s Grow – 13 to 18 months

Let’s Grow – 1.5 to 2 years

Let’s Grow – 2 to 2.5 years

Let’s Grow – 2.5 to 3 years

Let’s Grow – 3 to 3.5 years

Let’s Grow – 3.5 to 4.5 years

Let’s Grow – 4.5 to 5.5 years

Development Screening Tool

Use the NDDS checklists to check in with your child’s development. If you answer “no” to any question or have concerns about your child’s development, talk with your health care provider or call Family Health at 613-735-8651 extension 519 OR 1-800-267-1097 extension 519.


Caring for Kids

Best Start Ontario’s maternal, newborn and early child development resource centre

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services See the government services for parents of infants and young children

Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain How to help your baby learn and grow

Safe Sleep

Create safe sleep for your baby and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Position your baby on her back to sleep
  • Place your baby to sleep in a crib next to your bed for the first six months
  • Keep your baby warm but not hot
  • Keep stuffed toys out of baby’s crib
  • Do not use crib bumper pads, duvets or comforters, sheepskin, blankets or pillows

Breastfeeding your baby and providing a smoke-free environment can also help reduce the risk of SIDS.

Where will your baby sleep?

The safest place for your baby to sleep or nap is in a crib, cradle or bassinet that meets current Canadian Safety Regulations.

Room sharing is recommended.

  • Place your baby to sleep in a crib, cradle or bassinet next to your bed, in your room.
  • Room sharing for the first six months (when the risk of SIDS is highest) helps your baby sleep safely and lowers the risk of SIDS.

Bed sharing or co-sleeping is not recommended.

Bed sharing is when a baby shares the same sleep surface, such as an adult bed, sofa or armchair, with an adult or another child.

Sharing the same sleep surface increases a baby’s risk of SIDS and suffocation. This risk is higher for babies less than four months old.

Safe Play

Children learn through play. There are many ways to create a safe place for your baby to play, learn and grow. Is Your Child Safe? Play Time is a guide for creating a safer play experience and choosing safer toys for children.

Safe Travelling

A correctly used car seat or booster seat will reduce the chance of a child being injured or killed in a crash by 75 per cent. Make sure you use the right car seat for your child and use it properly every time. Read your car seat manual and your vehicle manual as they provide the information you need for proper installation and use of your car seat.

For car seat inspections and information, call Ontario Early Years Centre Pembroke at 613-735-7575.

There are different types of car seats for different ages and stages of growth. See the links below to determine which type of seat your child needs. Keep them rear facing as long as possible, until your child reaches the weight and height limits.

Stage 1: Rear Facing Car Seats

Stage 2: Forward Facing Car Seats

Stage 3: Booster Seats

Stage 4: Seat Belts

Please click here for more information about car sear safety.

Pet Safety

Keep your children safe with pets in your home.

Ten Tips for a Healthy Start

Healthy habits start young and prepare children to learn! Visit the links for more information on how to help with the transition to school.

  1. Move more with your child to boost brain health.
  2. Use Nutri-eSTEP to check child’s nutrition and physical activity habits.
  3. Water Does Wonders! Learn about healthy drink choices and take the family pledge.
  4. Minimize screen time and encourage more green time!
  5. Ensure that your child has 10-13 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
  6. Kids Have Stress Too!® Learn tips to help with the transition to school.
  7. Ensure your child has a complete eye exam before starting kindergarten.
  8. Keep your child’s teeth healthy. Good oral health leads to good overall health.
  9. Make sure your child is up-to-date with the required vaccines to attend school.
  10. Practice good hygiene habits like washing, brushing teeth and toilet use.


Dix conseils pour un départ en santé

De saines habitudes de vie débutent tôt et préparent les enfants à apprendre.  Visitez les liens suivants afin de recevoir des astuces pour faciliter la transition vers l’école.

  1. Bougez plus avec votre enfant pour augmenter la santé du cerveau.
  2. Utilisez Nutri-eSTEP pour évaluer les habitudes alimentaires ainsi que le niveau d’activité physique de votre enfant.
  3. L’eau fait des merveilles ! Apprenez à choisir des boissons saines et prenez l’engagement en famille !
  4. Limitez l’exposition aux écrans et encouragez votre enfant à jouer dehors !
  5. Assurer-vous que votre enfant ait de 10 à 13 heures de sommeil non interrompu chaque nuit.
  6. Nos enfants et le stress! Apprenez des astuces pour aider votre enfant à faire la transition vers l’école.
  7. Assurez-vous que votre enfant passe un examen complet de la vue avant de débuter l’école.
  8. Gardez les dents de votre enfants saines.  Une bonne santé bucco-dentaire est nécessaire à une bonne santé générale.
  9. Assurez-vous que votre enfant ait tous les vaccins requis pour débuter l’école.
  10. Pratiquez des habitudes d’hygiène saines comme se laver, se brosser les dents et utiliser les toilettes.

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TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

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TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000