Home Health

Choices you make can impact your child’s weight and health

Since the late 80s, the rate of obesity in youth 12 to 17 has tripled from three percent to nine percent.

Ask Dr. Marla: Hereditary Ailments

Heart disease runs in our family. My mother has heart damage from high blood pressure, and my husband's father has blocked arteries and had to have an angioplasty. I'm worried about our kids. What are the chances they will have heart disease, and how can I give them the...

Top 10 Health Tips

When expectant parents come in to see me just before their baby is born, they often are a cross between excitement and fear of the unknown. The task of raising a baby to be a healthy, productive and happy adult can seem daunting and, I admit, it is. I...

Convince your kids to eat healthier

How to get your kids to give up the white stuff and making juice healthier.

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...

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