Dr. Marla Shapiro


Ask Dr. Marla: Why Rs are hard to say

It is one of the later sounds that many children develop and it is not unusual to still have some difficulty at age five.

Ask Dr. Marla: Finding a new doctor after you move

We’re moving to another city in Canada. What ’s the best way to find a new family doctor?

Ask Dr. Marla: Vaccinations for travellers

With any travel, you should see your health care professional in advance to review your vaccines and what is recommended or required for the area you are going to be in.

Ask Dr. Marla: Why is my daughter’s tongue white?

Simple things like a dry mouth or dehydration can give that appearance, as can alcohol and smoking.


Ask Dr. Marla: How do I keep my toddler’s toenails healthy?

My podiatrist colleagues tell me that you can either file or trim a detached part of the nail. In addition you might want to protect the nail by covering it.


Ask Dr. Marla: Is it safe for my teen to donate blood?

This is such an important question. To answer it I turned to Canadian Blood Services.

Ask Dr. Marla: Treating kids’ coughs safely

Here is the bottom line: Do not use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines in children under six.

Ask Dr. Marla: Dealing with eating disorders

To answer your extremely important question I turned to the Canadian Mental Health Association and the National Eating Disorder Information Centre.


Ask Dr. Marla: Is it safe to eat raw cookie dough?

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.

Ask Dr. Marla: Is there a connection between eczema and dairy allergy or intolerance?

My friend’s daughter had bad eczema and it went away when they switched to lactose-free dairy products. Does dairy make eczema worse?