Dr. Marla Shapiro

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Ask Dr. Marla: Ear Infections

Click here to submit your question for consideration by Dr. Marla. Q. My toddler has repeated ear infections, so she's constantly on antibiotics. Should I be worried about the long-term effects of these drugs? A. The first question to ask is whether the use of antibiotics is indicated each and every time...

Ask Dr. Marla: Crayon-Chewing in Toddlers

Question My three-year-old daughter loves to colour but she chews the crayons or breaks the markers every time I give them to her. She destroys other things like the TV remote and other toys as well. I’m worried there’s something wrong with her. Is this normal for a three-year-old? Answer Let’s first...

Explaining SIDS

IN 1993, OUR SON JASON DIED, just shy of his six month birthday, of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is a disease whose presenting symptom is death. There are no warning signs. We put a healthy baby to bed and he was dead in the morning. There are...

Ask Dr. Marla: Protection From Mosquitos

Q. My family has been invited to spend time at a relatives cottage north of Toronto. Im worried about West Nile since Im pregnant and have two preschoolers. How can I protect us from mosquitoes or should we just stay home? A. Be aware of what you can do to...

Ask Dr. Marla: Your Baby’s Fever

Fever is one of the most common symptoms that have parents running to see their doctors. Here's how to help your baby deal with one.