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Too Sick to go to School?

Throwing up, diarrhea, anything requiring surgery – those are easy calls. But how bad does a runny nose or a cough need to be to warrant a sick day? Or a rash? Or lice? Most things, with the exception of lice (but not for the reason you think) aren’t...

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...

Ask Dr. Marla: Sleepwalking

Q: My seven-year-old daughter recently started walking in her sleep. Just a few minutes after she goes to bed she wakes up and runs around the house crying and speaking words we can’t understand. Apparently things are fine at school. This happens at least twice a week and I...

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...

Contagious diseases in your child’s backpack

Sometimes kids bring home more than their report card.

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: ADHD

Question: My nine-year-old son is on medication for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), after pressure from his school. He has settled down but hes not the same exuberant kid he was before. Could we be over-medicating him? Answer: I have a question for you. How were the diagnosis and treatment decisions made? The diagnosis of ADHD is...

Giggle Incontinence

When Sharon* saw her 11-year-old daughter, Alyssa, shoving a pair of jeans into the washing machine, she approached cautiously. This was an all-too-familiar scenario, one she had lived herself throughout her school years. “I knew I had to level with her, to let her know that as kids both my...

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