Home Health

The Vaccination Dilemma

Sandra Davies wants her child to grow up strong, happy and healthy. A resident of a small community near Kitchener, Ontario, she watches what her two-year-old daughter eats and takes her for regular checkups. Unlike most of us, however, she has chosen not to have her daughter vaccinated. “At the...

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: Skin Irritations, Care and Treatment

My 16-month-old daughter has had eczema since she was three months old. This is a skin condition that I have had my whole life. What I would like to know is, what can I do for her to keep this condition under control? Should I send her to an...

Infectious diseases: Pertussis (or Whooping Cough)

Your teenager may need a boost Childhood vaccination is an accepted part of Canadian society. But recent evidence suggests that teenagers require a booster shot for three potentially serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Babies and children are vaccinated against all three of these diseases, however recently there has...

Ask Dr. Marla: Protection From Mosquitos

Q. My family has been invited to spend time at a relatives cottage north of Toronto. Im worried about West Nile since Im 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...

Common Ailments

A Quick Reference Guide Abdominal Pain(Acute) Cause: Abdominal pain may be the symptom of a great number of ailments from childhood disease, internal disorders or simply the result of overeating or eating the wrong foods. Other causes would include a twisted digestive organ, stomach ulcer, twisted testicle, viral or bacterial diarrhoea...

The Medicine Cabinet

Keep the following in your medicine cabinet: Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For fever and the relief of pain. Syrup of ipecac. Induces vomiting if a child swallows pills or anything potentially poisonous. Only give syrup of ipecac on the advice of a...

First Aid

Extracts from the ChildSafe Program of The Canadian Red Cross Society. Children are curious - and this curiosity often leads to injury. Parents can help protect their child by creating a safe environment. They can teach their children to take responsibility for themselves so that a child develops his or...

Children & Allergies

Allergies are common - affecting as much as 30 percent of the population in North America. If you are lucky enough not to have allergies yourself, it's unlikely you don't know someone affected by this increasingly prevalent phenomenon. Despite their prevalence, allergies are strongly misunderstood. There are many different things...

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