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March 2015 | Vol. 8 - No. 7
This month, Where Kids Come First is taking a closer look at several conditions that involve or affect the brain. You’ll find some informative articles to help you better understand seizures and concussions, and our “Ask the Expert” column explains how to figure out if your child’s headaches are a symptom of migraines. We’ve also got an interesting article on the benefits of learning two or more languages at the same time—something that many of our readers will be happy to read about.
March 26 also marks Purple Day in Canada and around the world. Purple Day, which was started by a teenager from Nova Scotia, is an initiative dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy. Why not show your support that day by wearing something purple?

Happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Looking forward to heading home
A letter of thanks from a grateful father of a courageous young boy with a cancerous brain tumor [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
12 common myths about epilepsy [+]
Coping with seizures in children [+]
Could it be a concussion? How to tell [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
Can a young child learn two languages at the same time? [+]
What every parent should know about shaken baby impact syndrome [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: My son seems to be suffering from more and more headaches lately. How can you tell the difference between a headache and a migraine, and when should you see a doctor?
A: The first thing to know is that the term headache covers a wide range of conditions, and headache itself is a symptom that has many different potential causes. A migraine is one cause of headaches and it has a very specific description and manifestation. The most important feature of a migraine is that it is a chronic condition; it doesn’t just happen once or twice. The second big feature of migraine headache is that it happens repetitively but over brief period of time, generally less than a few hours. In some rare cases it can last three days. [+]
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True or False?
A baby’s brain grows to three-quarters of its adult size by the age of two.

True. Nobody really sets out to measure the size of a baby’s brain, but we can make a few basic conclusions about a baby’s brain growth based on the size of their head. The average size or circumference of a baby’s head at birth is about 13½ in. or 34 cm. In the two years that follow, a baby’s head undergoes the most rapid and significant growth period that it will ever experience in a lifetime; most two-year-olds have a head circumference of around 48 cm. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
A game changer for social pediatrics
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, McGill University, the Université de Montréal and the Fondation du Dr Julien will establish two chairs in social pediatrics in the community, to be based in the Montreal neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. In a Canadian first, researchers will conduct a long-term study on social pediatrics in the community.  This clinical practice has a proven track record, thanks to its founder, Dr. Gilles Julien, who has been practicing social pediatrics in disadvantaged neighbourhoods for nearly 30 years. [+]
MCH NEWS
Practice makes perfect: New training program leads to positive change in OR [+]
Spotlight on our pharmacists: March is Pharmacist Awareness Month [+]
The month of March is National Social Work Month [+]
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