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Ask Dr. Marla: Is it Too Early to Put My 10-Year-Old Son on a Diet?

Our 10-year-old son is overweight. I know he’s still growing but is it too early to put him on a diet? Without knowing how ‘overweight’ your son is, let me give you some general guidelines. The assumption that he will outgrow the ‘baby fat’ is not true if you don’t...

Overweight? It runs in the family

Back in the day of the dinosaurs (think way back – like the ’90s) we were told that obesity stemmed simply from caloric imbalance. Today, all bets are off; scientific research is telling a different story.

When should you take your child to the emergency room?

Does a child need to be unconscious, or is really unwell enough? And what does really unwell look like? Clearly, not all emergencies are bell ringers, so when do you take your child to the ER?

Ask Dr. Marla: H1N1 Vaccine

I have two children, ages three and six. Should I have them get a flu shot and an H1N1 vaccine? Influenza, or the flu, is caused by viruses. The presentation of influenza is usually the same, regardless of the particular virus causing the illness. Fever, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue...

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...

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