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May 2014 | Vol. 8 - No. 5
Sleep. It’s a magical word for young and old. It conjures up notions of rest, comfort and sweet dreams. It takes up one third of our lives, and even more for babies and children. This month, we’re offering some valuable advice on how to create a safe sleeping environment for your infant as well as information about a common disorder in children called sleep apnea. We even have a few tips for tired parents adjusting to life with their newborn.

This month, we’re also celebrating a very important group of people at the Children’s. May 12 to 18 is National Nursing Week in Canada, and it’s an opportunity for us to thank the many nurses who provide care and treatment around the clock to the tens of thousands of children who come to the Montreal Children’s Hospital every year. If you know a nurse, take a moment to congratulate them on the wonderful work they do day in, day out.

Until next time, happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Tiny patient, great big miracle
Premature baby Élodie is now a happy and healthy toddler thanks to a lengthy stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
8 ways to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby [+]
What is Sleep Apnea? [+]
Sleep deprivation in teens [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
Growing demands: why a child’s body needs sleep [+]
Could it be insomnia? [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
In the past few months, my child has been sleepwalking. It’s only happened a couple of times. Should I be concerned?
A: As a parent, the first time you see your child sleepwalking can make you very nervous and worried. You might think there’s something wrong with your child or even that they might hurt themselves. Some people are surprised to find out that sleepwalking is fairly common in children. Most children who sleepwalk only do it occasionally and outgrow it by the time they are teenagers. [+]
Do you have a question of a general nature that you'd like to ask our specialist? If your question is selected, the answer will be published in the next edition of the newsletter. EMAIL US!
True or False?
If you have a newborn, you'll lose about 400 hours of sleep this year.

True. An hour here, an hour there—it really adds up over the course of a year. The good news is that it’s only temporary. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
Caring for Kids Radiothon - 11th edition!
On Thursday, May 29, 2014 tune in to Bell Media’s CJAD 800, Virgin Radio 96, CHOM 97.7 and TSN 690 for the Caring for Kids Radiothon. Broadcast live from the Hospital cafeteria, the Radiothon is a unique opportunity for dozens of young patients and their families to share remarkable stories of how their lives have been touched by The Children’s. [+]
MCH NEWS
To all our nurses: thank you for everything you do! [+]
Focus group for parents of children with a chronic illness [+]
Road work near Cabot Square: Lambert-Closse Street closed [+]
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