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May 2016: New Nunavut Well Child Record: Adapting the 2014 Rourke Well Baby Record for use in Nunavut

A working group of Community Health Nurses and Public Health Nurses, in consultation with the RBR authors and with Dr. Amber Miners, Chief of Pediatrics at Qikiqtani General Hospital, has adapted the 2014 Rourke Well Baby Record for use in Nunavut. 

Since items unique to Nunavut have been added without levels of evidence, all fonts reflecting strength of recommendation have been omitted on the Nunavut Well Child Record.

It is available at: http://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/manuals-guidelines 


April 2016: French translation of parent information sheets

The 9 age-specific parent information sheets are now available in French as well as in English.  They are found on the RBR website both in the Healthcare professional (HCP) and in the Parent web portals.

English
1-2 Weeks | 1 Months | 2 Months | 4 Months | 6 Months | 12 Months | 18 Months | 2-3 Years | 4-5 Years


French
1-2 Weeks | 1 Months | 2 Months | 4 Months | 6 Months | 12 Months | 18 Months | 2-3 Years | 4-5 Years


April 2016: Clinical update article on the 2014 Rourke Baby Record published in Canadian Family Physician.

An article outlining the revisions to and highlights of the 2014 Rourke Baby Record (RBR) was published in the November 2015 issue of Canadian Family Physician.

Riverin B, Li P, Rourke L, Leduc D, Rourke J. Rourke Baby Record 2014: Evidence-based tool for the health of infants and children from birth to age 5. Canadian Family Physician. 2015; 61: 949-955 (Clinical Review).

Click here to view


May 2015: Updated feeding information in the 4 month and 6 month parent information sheets

We have updated and clarified the wording in the parent information sheets for 4 month and 6 month infants in the Feeding & Growth section. This is due to the release of new literature including Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants for 6 – 24 months. This recommends a more flexible start date for solids based on infant readiness, as well as no delay beyond 6 months in introducing potentially allergenic foods to prevent allergy.

The 4 and 6 month pamphlets are now dated May/15. While the rest are dated Dec/13, the information is still considered up to date.


May 2015: Redevelopment of the RBR website for Healthcare Professionals

With the launch of the 2014 RBR, the Healthcare professional website has been redesigned for increased clarity and ease of use.

See the Features of this website or click on the top and bottom menu items to become familiar with the content.

For example, the Interactive RBR shows the related information on the Resources pages and provides direct links to Parent Resources and to the Literature reviewed for each item.


September 2014: Rourke Baby Record Parent Information Sheets

We are delighted to announce the addition of 2014 Rourke Baby Record Parent Information Sheets that support the 2014 RBR. These brochures contain information related to items on the RBR and assist in answering parents' questions. They can help to streamline and supplement discussion at well baby visits.

1-2 Weeks | 1 Months | 2 Months | 4 Months | 6 Months | 12 Months | 18 Months | 2-3 Years | 4-5 Years

For information on specific topics see the RBR Parent Web Portal







September 2014: One Visit per Page Format of English National 2014 RBR

The English National version of the 2014 Rourke Baby Record is now available in a One Visit/Page format which uses larger print and has more writing space. 

This does result in replication of the anticipatory guidance items in the education and advice section, which in the usual format are spread over 3 visits to avoid both omission and repetition. 

Download One Visit per Page Format of English National 2014 RBR


August 2014: Revised format for WHO growth charts for Canada (March 2014)

The format of the WHO Growth Charts for Canada was revised in March 2014 to address several concerns, including the choice of percentile range lines, and the omission of weight for age curves over 10 years of age. These charts are recommended by the Canadian Paediatric Society, Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Community Health Nurses of Canada and Dietitians of Canada.

Find the revised WHO Growth Charts for Canada at www.whogrowthcharts.ca.

A BMI Calculator and BMI Tables for Children 2-19 years are available to help you determine the BMI in children 2 years of age and over.


June 2014: Launch of the 2014 RBR at the 91st Annual Conference of the
Canadian Paediatric Society

The official launch of the 2014 Rourke Baby Record occurred on June 25 in Montreal at the 91st Annual Conference of the Canadian Paediatric Society. The press release is available on the CPS website home under Recent News Releases or direct link http://www.cps.ca/en/media/release-communique/essential-tool-for-physicians-helps-improve-care-of-babies-and-children


May 2014: 2014 Rourke Baby Record is now available

We are proud to announce that the 2014 edition of the RBR is now available for download: National and Ontario versions in both English and French. Over the coming weeks, the entire website will be revised with updated literature review and associated resources.

Download the 2014 RBR:

Summary of Changes from the 2011 RBR


October 2012: Rourke Baby Record Parent Resources Website

The RBR is pleased to announce the development of the RBR Parent Resources Website. This web portal provides parents with links to reliable health information. The resources are organized by topic, or alphabetically by the child’s age, or through a search function. 

The parent resources are now also organized by topic, or alphabetically by the child’s age, or through a search function on the healthcare professional website.

The top 6 website used for these resources are:


September 2012: One Page per Visit Format of English National 2011 RBR

The English National version of the 2011 Rourke Baby Record is now available in a One Visit/Page format which uses larger print and has more writing space.  This does result in replication of the anticipatory guidance items in the education and advice section, which in the usual format are spread over 3 visits to avoid both omission and repetition. 

 

Download One Visit per Page Format of English National 2011 RBR


June 2012: Features of the Rourke Baby Record (RBR) website

The Rourke Baby Record website has a wealth of practical information for healthcare professionals caring for infants and children up to age 5 years.  This short PowerPoint presentation, in PDF or video format, shows the features of this website.


February 2012: On-line learning package for the WHO growth charts adapted for Canada

A free 5-module web-based learning package is now available at: www.dietitians.ca/growthcharttraining
Each of the 5 modules provides ~ 45 – 60 minutes of self-instruction and is accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 5 Mainpro-M1 credits. Module topics include:

  1. Introduction to the WHO growth charts
  2. Monitoring growth: measurements and calculations
  3. Interpreting the WHO growth charts
  4. Childhood obesity
  5. Counselling to support healthy growth and development

Developed by Dietitians of Canada in collaboration with CPS, CFPC, CHNC, Canadian Obesity Network, National Aboriginal Health Organization, and NutriSTEP.

BMI calculator and BMI table links

    http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Assess-Yourself/Assess-Your-BMI/BMI-Children.aspx

BMI table links

    http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Miscellaneous/BMI-Tables-for-Children.aspx
    http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloadable-Content/Public/0911-0189-BMI_Metric.aspx
    http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloadable-Content/Public/0911-0189-BMI_Imperial.aspx


October 2011: 2011 Rourke Baby Record and Website

We are delighted to unveil the latest edition of the Rourke Baby Record dated July 2011 along with a new improved website.  As in prior editions, the 2011 RBR is endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and by the Canadian Paediatric Society.  It is available in national and Ontario versions in both English and French.

Download the 2011 RBR
Changes in the 2011 RBR from the earlier 2009 edition
Walk-through the 2011 RBR
Features of the RBR website (pdf or video)


August 2011: New section of Parent Resources

Parents often wonder about their child’s growth and development, leading to the question: "Is my child happy and healthy?" The Rourke Baby Record website has compiled a list of Parent Resources to direct parents towards reliable information regarding normal child growth and development along with common questions and issues.

As website links are always changing, the Top 5 useful Websites for Parent Resources are linked below, such that parents can browse them on their own, if needed. These websites are:

  1. The Canadian Paediatric Society - Caring for Kids
  2. Hospital for Sick Children - About Kids Health
  3. Safe Kids Canada
  4. Dietitians of Canada
  5. Health Canada

This information is accessible on the Rourke Baby Record website in several ways:

  1. In the Parent Resources Section
  2. Through the Current Evidence Section
  3. While exploring the Rourke Baby Record

This section developed by Laura Butler, Memorial University Medical Class 2014 with support from a 2011 MUN Summer Undergraduate Research Award.


February 2011: Nunavut Well Baby Record

The 2011 Nunavut Well Baby Record has been adapted, modified, reproduced and used by the Government of Nunavut from the 2009 Rourke Baby Record with the permission of the authors. It is part of the Nutaqqavut (our children) Heath Information System which includes prenatal, birth defect, and well baby/child forms and resources and is found at http://www.uvic.ca/medsci/people/faculty/clinician/arbourlaura.php

Scroll down to find the Nunavut Well-Child Visit Forms and accompanying Nunavut Well-Child Guidelines document under the Nutaqqavut Health Information system. The web link to this information is provided courtesy of the NHIS through the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria in conjunction with Health and Social Services Nunavut.


May 2010: Ontario Enhanced 18 month visit

The Province of Ontario has funded an enhanced 18 month well baby visit which in addition to the components of a usual well baby visit, uses standardized tools to allow physicians to have a discussion with parents on child development and parenting, to identify those children who will require referral to specialized services, and to inform parents about the local community programs that promote healthy child development and early learning.  www.18monthvisit.ca


March 2010: Greig Health Record for Well Child Visits Age 6-17 Years

For an evidence-based health promotion guide for clinicians caring for children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years of age, see the Greig Health Record. The Grieg Health Record consists of 3 guides: ages 6-9 years, 10-13 years, and 14-17 years along with 3 pages of selected guidelines and resources. It is endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society.


February 2010: Canadian statement on chld growth monitoring using Canadian WHO Growth Charts

WHO Growth Charts adapted for Canada are now available and are provided with permission from the Dietitians of Canada Promoting Optimal Monitoring of Child Growth in Canada: Using the New WHO Growth Charts, a practice guideline for health professionals, includes an executive summary, health professionals’ guide, Q&A for health professionals and for parents, and set of WHO Growth Charts adapted for the primary health setting for Canada.