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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?

Ask Dr. Marla: Do dirty hands cause acne?

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).


Ask Dr. Marla: How can I make sure my children get enough Vitamin D?

Now that it's getting cooler and we're not spending as much time outside, do they need a supplement?

Ask Dr. Marla: Is it fine if my daughter has a blankie?

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?

Ask Dr. Marla: Ice and Injuries

I recently read that the long held practice of icing an injury might not be a good idea. What do you think?

Ask Dr. Marla: Mental Health and Contraception

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.

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