Home Health

Oh, Behave: Get a second opinion before putting your child on ritalin

Question: I’m concerned that schools are too quick to decide that a difficult child has attention deficit disorder. The school has suggested we look into Ritalin so our son’s behaviour can be regulated. I want them to arrange for an independent assessment. Have you an opinion about this? Answer: If the school...

Infant reflux: When your baby constantly spits up

When reflux begins to get painful and frequent, you may be dealing with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Black-market junk food hits schools

With schools cracking down on unhealthy foods, some kids are taking advantage of the situation.

Is your child’s weight grading your parenting?

Does your child's weight reflect poorly on your parenting skills?

Tackling Tween Acne

What is the deal with acne anyway? There are four types of acne. LEAST SEVERE: Comedonal – blackheads and white heads. MODERATE: Popular – red bumps. MODERATELY SEVERE: Pustular – red bumps with pus. MOST SEVERE: Cystic – deep, inflamed, pus-filled bumps that are often painful. Basically, acne is caused by clogged pores. ● A whitehead...

Do You Know What Your Tween Is Not Eating?

SARAH noticed that her daughter Anne was leaving to go to the bathroom frequently during dinner. This act might have seemed like little more than a urinary tract infection were it not coupled with the performance that encompassed mealtime. “She was making a show of eating, but not much...

Ear Infections

“Rebecca would get at least one ear infection a month,” says Dana Erikson. “At first I didn’t know what was wrong. She would pull at her ears and cry.” Rebecca is not alone. “Roughly half of all toddlers in Canada will have at least one bout of otitis media,”...

Learning to Live with Food Allergies

On an average day in late September 2003, in Pembroke, Ontario, Sabrina Shannon, 13, sat down to lunch in her high school cafeteria. Within minutes she was in the throes of a severe anaphylactic reaction, and died before staff could retrieve her EpiPen from her locker. The cause of...

Prevent diabetes later by eating better, sooner

Today it is reasonable to assume that there are perhaps 20,000 people in Canada under the age of 20 living with the disease. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Ask Dr. Marla: Hernias

My daughter, six, has a hernia in the groin area. How common is this and what are the dangers associated with waiting for the surgery? Can anything go wrong during surgery? My husband says I’m a fatalist, but I’d like to be prepared for the worst. MARLA: A hernia happens...

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