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Dr. Gowri Shankar

Pediatrician, Bangalore

Dr. Gowri Shankar Pediatrician, Bangalore
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I pride myself in attending local and statewide seminars to stay current with the latest techniques, and treatment planning.
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Dr. Gowri Shankar is a popular Pediatrician in Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore. You can meet Dr. Gowri Shankar personally at Indira Gandhi Institute Of Child Health Hospital in Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Gowri Shankar on Lybrate.com.

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4 Foods That Strengthen Your Child’s Teeth

Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology, MD Pediatrics (Gold Medalist), MBBS
Pediatrician, Delhi
4 Foods That Strengthen Your Child’s Teeth
4 Foods That Strengthen Your Child’s Teeth

Kids have a mind of their own when it comes to food. The unhealthier it is, the more they tend to like it. Most taste driven or sweet foods are harmful for your child’s oral hygiene. However not all foods that your children like to eat are as bad for their oral health, some even help strengthen their teeth.

Here are 4 foods that your children can have for healthy teeth and gums.

1) Sugarless Gum - It helps loosen plaque and increase the number of natural antibodies in the mouth. It also keeps the gums hydrated. While too much of anything is not good, these gums are good once in a while.

2) Crispy Vegetables - These might not be popular with children but can be made yummy with interesting dips to go with them. Raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, and green beans are chewing foods which clean the child's teeth and gums.

3) Natural Sugar - Sugar from milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich in vitamin D, phosphate and calcium. When consumed, they raise the pH level of the mouth which lowers the level of acids, hence reducing risk of tooth decay.

4) Vitamin C Rich Foods - Fruits like oranges, kiwis, strawberries, papayas and limes help kill bacteria that can cause gingivitis. They also aid a good supply of collagen in the child's gums. However, parents need to remember that one can eat citrus foods only after thirty minutes from brushing their teeth. This is because the citric acid in these foods can weaken the tooth enamel temporarily.


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MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Faridabad
यदि आपका बच्चा अनुशासित है,तो उसे दंडित करने की जरूरत नहीं, यदि आप अपने बच्चे को दंडित करते हैं,तो उसको कभी अनुशासित नहीं कऱ पाएगे
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Lactose Intolerance in Kids

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
Lactose Intolerance in Kids

Lactose intolerance is a condition wherein you are not able to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in milk. Other foods that contain lactose include cheese and ice-cream. Inadequate production of the lactase enzyme in children causes lactose intolerance. This enzyme is produced in the intestine that helps in the digestion of lactose.

Lactose intolerance is often confused with milk intolerance. The symptoms are similar but they do not share the same cause. Milk allergy is an adverse reaction towards milk and it is a problem of the immune system, whereas lactose intolerance involves the digestive system.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of lactose intolerance are:

  1. Bloating; on consumption of milk over a period of time

  2. Diarrhea is also very common

  3. Stomach pain

  4. Nausea

Diagnosis:

  1. It is self -diagnosable; just strike out foods containing lactose from your child’s diet and see if the symptoms get better with time. If the symptoms happen to fade away gradually, then it certainly must’ve been lactose intolerance.

  2. However, it can be tricky as many non-dairy products also contain lactose.

  3. If the child is lactose intolerant, then he/she might have to undergo a lactose breath test. This is used to test the levels of hydrogen in the child’s breath after the child consumes a lactose solution. Usually, hydrogen levels are low in one’s breath. However, if the lactose solution is not digested properly, then it will lead to a temporary increase in the levels of hydrogen in the breath, thus indicating lactose intolerance.

Treatment:

This disorder does not have a cure; so in case your child has lactose intolerance, you need to adjust his/her diet accordingly. Over-the-counter lactase is also available that helps in digesting lactose based foods. You can also go for the ‘lactose- free’ milk variety for your child.

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Are there any long-term effects associated with taking ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications? If so, what are they and what medications are implicated for the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Use of stimulant decreases the symptoms to a much good effect and if we don't give stimulant medication there will be more of conduct disorder and progress in disease and for side effects we have to monitor the person and advice them accordingly.
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My 9 and a half months old daughter is taking medicine as prescribed by the doctor for cough n cold. But each time she takes medicine, she immediately vomits. So my question is" if she vomits on taking medicine immediately, should I give the same again then"

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Must tell what medicines are given. If people just say" my child is taking medicines" how can anyone give an answer. Generally speaking, if the medicine is vomited out immediately before reaching stomach you surely can repeat and you must! to have any effect on the disease.
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My son is 17 years old and has constant blocked nose and formation of phelm in his sinuses. Allergy of dust and smoke, chemicals etc. His height and weight is above average and eats well. He does not consume vegetables and is on diet of potato and different dals. Pl advise.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
He is suffering from deviated nasal septum. Allergies make situations even worse. He needs to be seen by a ent doctor who will investigate exact cause & treat with antiallergics, antibiotics. Surgery may be needed in some cases.
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My sister's 5 months girl baby (weight: 6+kg) was having little fewer from 4-5 days and today the baby is much distracted and crying. They visited doctor doctor, he said it is usual in summer but I had doubt because the doctor did not even checked the baby even with stethoscope.

MD Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
Babies with fever are always irritable so do not let the temperature rise, keep givivng paracetamol drops every 4 - 6 hours.
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I am 27. I had c-section delivery. My baby is 5 month old. Is it safe for him to consume green coffee during breastfeeding?

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Hi POOJA. You consuming green coffee or even regular coffee during breast feeding is safe for the baby and will not effect the baby. It is preferred for the baby to be on exclusive breast feeding till a minimum period of 6 months.
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My baby has just crossed 6 months. What should she eat & what type of food is suitable for her?

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
My baby has just crossed 6 months. What should she eat & what type of food is suitable for her?
Start with semi solid foods with more liquidsthan solid, gradually increase solid portion with increasing age to pure solids. Prefer homemade over readymade food.
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My baby is 4 months old. And I want to start giving her top milk along wd d breastfeed How shud I begin?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My baby is 4 months old. And I want to start giving her top milk along wd d breastfeed
How shud I begin?
Best is breast feeding till 6 months of age. Avoid bottle feeding during weaning period after 6 months of age.
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My daughter is 12 years old, got matured in the month of jan 2015. There were few blood drops, later never bleeding happened yet. Please let me know what should be the precautionary measures to be taken to keep her in good health

Pediatrician, Pune
Educate and talk with her about the normal physiology, no better teacher than the mother herself, she may be anxious apprehensive of her changing physiological pattern, make her comfortable - explaining what is normal, ensure adequate hygiene and good nutrition, healthy living.
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Managing Asthma at Home!

MBBS
General Physician, Bangalore
Managing Asthma at Home!

1. It is important to gargle with warm water immediately after nebulization. This measure is intended to wash out the deposits of drugs that if allowed to stay within the oral cavity, will lead to hoarseness of voice and oral ulcers.

2. Following the gargle, drink 2 cups of warm water. This measure will wash out the drugs that is deposited during nebulization on the walls of the esophagus. Thus avoid esophageal irritation caused due to the drug deposited on the inner walls of the esophagus.

3. It will definately help to have a air purifier at home to monitor the particulate matter content in the ambience. This will also reduce the frequency of attacks and enable relatively clean air for the affected, creating comfortable indoors.

4. Take time out to teach children on how to apply the inhaler effectively so as to be able to self-help during acute asthmatic attacks. If available, adrenaline shots of 0.5 to 1 mg may be carried on them, so that in event of severe asthmatic attack, a subcutaneous shot of adrenaline is life saving.

5. Be aware of early signs of an attack, point out these early signs to asthmatic children so that they may stop their activity and take self-help measures.

6. Do not wait for ambulances to arrive in case anybody is in acute asthmatic attack, sit the person in upright position, give them multiple shots through pocket inhaler or start nebulisation with duolin +/- budecort, if the affected person is carrying a adrenaline shot - 1mg subcutaneous should be given on the deltoid of either upper limb of the person.

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My kid is facing motion problem from last one month and also dejection is very less. Can you suggest what will be solutions for this. Thanks

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My kid is facing motion problem from last one month and also dejection is very less. Can you suggest what will be sol...
YOu have not mentioned age of your child and if it is constipation you have to check thyroid and feed fiber containing diet and fruits and give water plenty
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Hello, my son is about to reach 2.5 old and still does not speak much. Though he listens and understands all our instructions & talks but does not feel compelled much to repeat us. He says only bare minimum required words to get his work done. He is quite active in playing with toys and ball games, but much behind than his age group children when it comes to articulate his expressions. Many a times he want to say a full statement but end up saying so many jibberish words, looks like he want to say so much things but not able to do so due to some speech problem. Could you please guide me on should we show him to a speech therapist or a psychiatrist? Are these signs of speech problems? Thanks in advance.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
Hello, my son is about to reach 2.5 old and still does not speak much. Though he listens and understands all our inst...
As you have narrated that your son understand instruction. Talk, get his work done in minimum (relevant) words, active and play games. Only your problem is that he does not articulate or communicate in flow and is not able to express in one go. These are all normal activity at this age. He listen more and speak less but retain every conversation in his mind. I do not consider him as abnormal. It is better 1st to consult psychiatrist than speech therapist.
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My 3 months old baby has chest congestion. His nose is not stuffy or runny. He is taking breastfeed properly. His chest make sound when he coughed. Doctor gave maxtra drops and asthalin syrup. I am also giving steam by placing water nearby him . What else I can do for him ?

M.D.Pediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Mumbai
My 3 months old baby has chest congestion. His nose is not stuffy or runny. He is taking breastfeed properly. His che...
Dear Lynbrate user If your child is able to breast feed and is playful then nothing much to be done . Keep a watch on his breathing if it becomes fast rush to the doctor
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My baby boy is 1and half year old woh kuch ache se khata he nahi hai supplement bee try kiya lakin kuch ahsar nahi howa please help me what is reason.

MD Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
My baby boy is 1and half year old woh kuch ache  se khata he nahi hai supplement bee try kiya lakin kuch ahsar nahi h...
This is a common complaint from parents of children of this age group. Generally children in this age group are very fussy eaters, need not worry if they are active and playful. Do not force feed the child.
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My son aged 9 years is having fever since yesterday along with loose motions. What medicine can he take?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My son aged 9 years is having fever since yesterday along with loose motions. What medicine can he take?
It may due to viral infection. If stool simple loose without mucus and blood, give paracetamol 500 mg 8 hourly, liquid/ water in plenty, ors may be given if he likes. Continue light diet with curd. If condition does not improve or deteriorate, consult doctor.
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I have one son had typhoid but after taking medicine, it got cured. As per course we stopped medicine on 22nd mar 2015. But still he has mild fever occasionally like max 99. 5 degree under arm with adding 1 degree. And when he got temperature after 5 mins, he used to get sweat and immediately temperature reduced. So daily he got this kind of fever 3 or 4 times. We shown to some pediatrician, doctor told its normal. Can you please tell me, is it really normal, because we are more worried about it. My son age 2. 10 years weight 11. 7kg.

MD - Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
Try with bico-11 3- tab 3- times in day for 1 months n then report do u have constipation n monthly period any problem? start with harmless cow therapy products like ubtan, face wash, cream etc bico- 20 4 tab 4 times in day report after 1 month available at homoeopathic pharmacy no side effect.
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