Child Health & Wellness Snapshots

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Dr. Paul

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  • ADDISON'S DISEASE:Could you explain Addison's Disease please
  • ADENOIDS AND SPEECH: Do large adenoids affect speech?
  • ALLERGIES: What is an allergy?
  • ANTIBIOTICS AND COLD MEDICINES: My son will be 3 years old soon and has an ear infection and was prescribed "Clavulin".  We are wondering if we can give him "Benylin" along with it, as he has an awful cough. 
  • ASTHMA SEASON: My daughter was diagnosed with mild asthma late last fall after 2 months of nightly coughing episodes that started with a bad cold/flu. She is worse in the winter and well during the summer.I am wondering if that could be the reason for the symptom free summer months?
  • ASTHMA AND CATS: My daughter was diagnosed with asthma at age 4. I then discovered when our cat licked her and she got hives, that she was allergic go the cat. We got rid of the cat and she has been fine ever since. Are asthmatic kids routinely tested for this?
  • ASTHMA AND STRESS: Is there a relationship between asthma and stress?
  • ASTHMA TESTING: My daughter Is 4 years old and has always had a hard time getting rid of a cough after a cold - we're talking a month before it goes away after she's all better otherwise. Is there any test that can be done to determine if it is in fact asthma?
  • ATOPY/ATOPIC: What is Atopy or Atopic?
  • BABY HAIR FALLING OUT: Is it normal for my 4 month old baby to lose her hair?
  • BABY's FIRST WORDS: My son is 16 months old and he still isn't talking and won't take no for an answer...when should I worry?
  • BOTTLE FEEDING: At what age is baby old enough to stop the bottle?
  • BLOCKED TEAR DUCT: Baby with runny eye since birth
  • CHICKENPOX: My 5 year old has just broken out in chicken pox today. I know it is a common childhood condition but beyond calamine lotion I have no idea how to treat it. Also, what warning signs should I look for?
  • COLDS & TEETHING: Is there any relation with teething and a runny nose, stuffy nose and/or dry cough?
  • CONSTIPATION & FEAR OF THE POTTY: My daughter is 3 and a half. Growing up, she had lots of constipation problems and had to go to the hospital for enemas, etc. Now, she still uses diapers when she poos, she will not go to the washroom to poo, yet she goes to the washroom to pee. Any suggestions?  
  • EARLY PUBERTY?: My son is 10 years old and already showing signs of maturing physically. He is bigger than most kids and is growing fast. Is there any cause for concern? 
  • EGG ALLERGY : My 2 year old daughter has a severe egg allergy. What are the chances she will out-grow this?
  • HIDDEN PENIS: Hidden or "inny" penis in a 7 year old boy
  • JUVENILE XANTHOGRANULOMA: What is Juvenile Xanthogranuloma?
  • PICKY EATER: My 9 year old son is a very picky eater. He hates most vegetables and only likes a few fruits and drinks a lot of juice. Should I be concerned?
  • RITALIN?: What are the cons of Ritalin? My child was prescribed this drug 2 years ago and I'm worried about side effects. He only takes the drug during the school year. Is it okay to start and stop this medication? 
  • SUMMER ALLERGIES: My 11 year old son has started sneezing and his eyes are very irritated. Should we give him an antihistamine or should we have him checked first?