Dr. Marla Shapiro, family physician and founding editor of ParentsCanada magazine answers questions about your children's health questions and gives health advice.
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Here is the bottom line: Do not use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines in children under six.
To answer your extremely important question I turned to the Canadian Mental Health Association and the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.
While all raw food has the potential to be contaminated with E. Coli, in our homes it is essential to keep our surfaces clean, avoid any potential cross-contamination and make sure we always wash our hands.
My friend’s daughter had bad eczema and it went away when they switched to lactose-free dairy products. Does dairy make eczema worse?
While it is never a good idea to have dirty skin, or touch your face with dirty hands, it isn’t the dirt that is causing the acne (though we do note that oil-based cosmetics can increase or worsen acne).
Now that it's getting cooler and we're not spending as much time outside, do they need a supplement?
My daughter is almost three and has been in nursery school for over a year. Her teacher just called me to say she’s noticed that she’s been clingy with her for the last week or two. She’s wanted to bring her blankie to school and even asked to not go to school. Is it normal for her to have periods of regression?
I recently read that the long held practice of icing an injury might not be a good idea. What do you think?
I am bipolar. Is the new Mirena contraceptive okay for me? I really don't want to tie my tubes, and we are done having kids (we have two). My husband doesn’t want a vasectomy either.
I’m nervous about my four year-old being around water. What can I do t o help both her and my confidence?