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Ask Dr Marla: Nosebleeds

Q: My eight-year-old daughter is always getting nosebleeds. When should I be concerned? And is there a proper way to deal with them? (I use an ice cube wrapped in a facecloth on the bridge of her nose and keep her seated up straight.) MATTHEW J, STONEY CREEK, ON Most...

Ask Dr. Marla: Sound Sensitivity

My three-month-old daughter seems overly sensitive to sound. She can be sleeping deeply and something can drop nearby and she’ll scream at the top of her lungs. If, however, I’ve left a TV running, she seems to sleep through that constant noise, but if the house is too quiet...

Ask Dr. Marla: Sleepwalking

Q: My seven-year-old daughter recently started walking in her sleep. Just a few minutes after she goes to bed she wakes up and runs around the house crying and speaking words we can’t understand. Apparently things are fine at school. This happens at least twice a week and I...

Ask Dr. Marla: Meningitis Vaccinations

Q. My daughter was away when the school gave out the meningitis shot. Should I take her to our family doctor for it? What are the risks if I don’t, and how would I know the symptoms if she contracts it? A. A Cautionary Tale Invasive meningococcal disease is a persistent...

Ask Dr. Marla: ADHD

Question: My nine-year-old son is on medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), after pressure from his school. He has settled down but hes not the same exuberant kid he was before. Could we be over-medicating him? Answer: I have a question for you. How were the diagnosis and treatment decisions made? The diagnosis of ADHD is...

Ask Dr. Marla: Concerned about 3-year old behaviour

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...

Ask Dr. Marla: West Nile Virus

Q. My family has been invited to spend time at a relative's cottage north of Toronto. I'm worried about West Nile, since I'm 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.

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