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June 2015 | Vol. 8 - No. 10
Summer’s here and you know what that means: no school for the kids, more time outside, and hopefully a holiday break for all of you. This month we’ve got lots of good advice about keeping everyone safe in the sun and heat, whether it’s watching out for dehydration or choosing the right sunscreen.

June is also Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness month. Spina bifida is a condition that develops in the first month of pregnancy that affects the development of the spine. There is no known cause of spina bifida but as you’ll read here, one possible form of prevention recommended to women trying to get pregnant is taking daily folate supplements. You’ll also hear what twelve-year-old Tristan has to say about living with spina bifida.

Where Kids Come First will also be taking a holiday this summer and we’re planning to enjoy the summer days just like you and your kids—with hats, sunglasses and plenty of SPF30!

Happy summer and see you back here in September!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Understanding spina bifida
Tamara Di Giglio was 16 weeks pregnant when she found out she was having twins. A time that would normally be exciting, however, was mixed with worry and fear when she learned there were complications with the fetuses, and that one of the twins had a spinal malformation that would prevent him from walking. When Tristan was born, he was diagnosed with spina bifida as well as several other conditions, and in the first few years of his life, he had to undergo many surgeries. Tristan is followed by several specialties at the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s including the Spina Bifida Program. [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
Heat and medication: Humidity and soaring temperatures can alter drug effectiveness [+]
Keeping your kids happy and healthy -- even during a heat wave [+]
Demystifying sunscreen: it’s in the label [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
A hot car could mean heatstroke: eight measures you can take to avoid a devastating tragedy [+]
5 health tips to keep in mind while you travel [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: My family has always used a sunscreen with SPF30. Should I be using a sunscreen with SPF60 or higher to ensure better sun protection?
A: To understand the benefits you get from sunscreen, you need to look at the numbers behind the SPF numbers. At first glance, it would be easy to think that a sunscreen with SPF60 will give you double the protection of a sunscreen with SPF30. But that’s not the case. Sunscreens with SPF30 block 97% of the sun’s UVB rays, which are more commonly thought of as the “sunburn” rays. Sunscreens with SPF60 block about 98% of UVB rays. [+]
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True or False?
Using sunscreen leads to vitamin D deficiency.

False. Vitamin D is an important factor in maintaining a healthy body. It is a fact that sun exposure contributes to the production of vitamin D in the human body, so by using sunscreen to block the sun’s harmful rays, you’re also limiting the amount of vitamin D you can produce. In the past decade or so, some medical professionals have suggested that we should all get a small amount of sun exposure to produce vitamin D, in particular people who live in northern climates. Dermatologists, however, disagree. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
The Radiothon raised $1,400,000!
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation and radio stations CJAD 800, 96 Virgin Radio, CHOM 97 7 and TSN Radio 690, are proud to announce that the 2015 edition of the Caring for Kids Radiothon,which  aired on June 11 in the brand new Children’s, raised an outstanding ­­­­­­$1,400,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s young patients. Live from the new Children’s spectacular four-story atrium, almost forty patients and their families courageously shared how the hospital’s professionals saved their children’s lives. [+]
MCH NEWS
The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal soothes patients to sleep at the Montreal Children's Hospital [+]
The Montreal Children’s Hospital successfully moved to new home [+]
Congratulations to our 2015 Awards of Excellence winners [+]
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