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Dr. A.Thomas Stephen

Pediatrician, Chennai

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Facts You Should Know About Child Development!

M.D.(A.M.), BAMS
General Physician, Gurgaon
Facts You Should Know About Child Development!

Behavior of a child should always be closely monitored during his/her early development. Sometimes signs of several personality disorder. tend to show up early in life. Proper monitoring of the child's behavior helps to identify the signs and properly diagnose the condition if the child is suffering from any potential personality disorder. 

Here are a few facts you should keep in mind:

  1. You might often find it difficult to differentiate between the normal and abnormal behavior of your child. You might consult the pediatrician in this case to compare the child's general behavioral patterns with that of other children in the same age group.
  2. It is very important to understand your child's development process. It helps you to interpret his/her behavior and to identify signs of personality disorder.
  3. There are a few common behavior patterns, which tend to act as a guide to understanding the behavior of your child. Some of these patterns should be encouraged as they lead to proper behavioral development of your child while patterns of negative behavior should be discouraged. 
  4. You should also consult a doctor if your child shows negative behavior persistently even after disciplining measures.
  5. Being polite, doing chores on a regular basis, following instructions should be encouraged and rewarded as it helps in the proper personality development of your child.
  6. Behavioral patterns like an inclination towards defensive, regressive and aggressive behavior should not be encouraged but can be tolerated in certain situations like illness or in times of stress.
  7. Behavioral patterns like an increased inclination to violence or an excessive competitive attitude towards their siblings should never be allowed. 
  8. Prejudice or racism, stealing or inclination towards substance abuse, angry outbursts point towards problems in the child's mental, physical or social well-being. You are also advised to take your child to a psychological expert to find out whether he/she is suffering from any sort of behavioral disorder. 
  9. Your behavior also plays a major role in development of your child and his/her behavioral patterns. It is often seen that if a child is subjected to excessive physical, mental or emotional abuse or is engaged in too many curricular and extracurricular activities, he/she is likely to develop several behavioral disorders over time. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.
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My son 5 years old, dob 11/2010. He did action like dogs sexual contact. He did with his toy sponge dog. I got afraid. Will it be a problem. It was happened before 3 days then I hide the dog. Today he did the same action with poo sponge doll. Please suggest me what should I do?

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
Perhaps he is imitating what he has seen & not knowing what it means. He will forget this in some time.This is a good example of chidren being best imimitaters.No need to give much attention to this.
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My baby girl had completed 5 month. Her birth weight is 3 kg now she is 5.5 kg. She is in breast feed only. She is doing green potty since last week. Doc said stop breastmilk and give her top feed isomil Bec she has stomach infection. He also prescribe antibiotics zifi100 but no relief yet. I am very upset. She is a active baby. One more query is her head is also not stable yet. please advise me.

Fellowship in Neonatology, MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Bangalore
My baby girl had completed 5 month. Her birth weight is 3 kg now she is 5.5 kg. She is in breast feed only. She is do...
Hello weight is almost ok may be your baby have dysentery, wait for 2- 3 days, isomil and temporary stopping breast milk will help in reducing amount of loose stool. But stopping beast milk in 5 month baby is not ideal head control completes by 5-6 months, delay in another 1-2 months is acceptable, please provide birth details.
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I have a 15 days child and I'm unable to feed her Please suggest some medicines for lactations.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician,
I have a 15 days child and I'm unable to feed her Please suggest some medicines for lactations.
Lactation is associated with mother's health, diet and mental health. So first of all take proper rest, take healthy balance diet, take more milk and do not get tense (it may reduce your milk production). Give only breast milk to child upto 6 month. You can take ayurvedic product marketed as tab. Laptadin or Galact granules for improve lactation.
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My daughter has 45 day old. Sometimes milk coming from her nose. Is it any problem. What is the reason. Please give me the answer.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
My daughter has 45 day old. Sometimes milk coming from her nose. Is it any problem. What is the reason. Please give m...
It is normal. As soon as you see that she is releasing milk from nose, keep her in standing position.
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What should be ideal kids weight for baby girl of 7 years? When it is considered underweight and for treatment? My child is 20 kg any supplements required?

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, She should be ideally weighing 20-24 kgs, but it depends on the height, bone weight etc. You cannot go by the numbers completely. Check her immunity, activity levels, her concentration etc. They are better parameters to judge. Feed her healthy homecooked meals.
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Dear Sir My son had did IQ test and his IQ level 68 and he is suffering from depression. He is 25 years Old please give suggestion thanks.

Msc - Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Psychologist, Bangalore
Dear Sir My son had did IQ test and his IQ level 68 and he is suffering from depression. He is 25 years Old please gi...
Dear Lybrate user, An IQ of 68 means your son is a slow learner. But with the correct support and education he can learn life skills. If his depression is due to his low IQ and inability to handle everyday tasks, he could need help with his confidence and self-esteem. You can start by complimenting even small achievements, that may not seem important at first. You may want to consult a counsellor/psychologist for further advice.
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Dear doctors We have 2 months old child. I want to know that can we give water to drink? If yes then how many times & if no then why? Pls give ans me.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Mumbai
Dear doctors We have 2 months old child. I want to know that can we give water to drink? If yes then how many times &...
Hello. Breast milk contains very good amount of water to fulfill thirst of baby. Nothing other than breast milk needs to be given not also water. Water may be source of infection, it is easily contaminated. On other hand breast milk is free from risk of contamination.
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My 3 month son is not doing his potty since 6 days. What to do. Is there any problem ?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
For a breas fed 3 month baby this is not a serious problem. Is the baby active and feedong well? don't worry. He will pass in due course. Ene upto one week is acceptable. If you are bottle feeding that is a cause. Otherwise, some tests have to be done. You ask privately with all details. For the time being, put a dulcolax suppository in his anus and he will pass motion. Contact me privately.
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Hi my name is satveer, I have two daughter. What should I give in food for good growth in terms of height. My daughter are 3 years n 5 years.

Pediatrician, Kaithal
Hi my name is satveer, I have two daughter. What should I give in food for good growth in terms of height. My daughte...
Family diet is best for your daughters. Diet should include pulses, veggies, cereals, proteins rich diet. Don't give excessive milk.
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A 20 month baby got chickenpox today. What needs to be done. Whether need to consult a doctor.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
A 20 month baby got chickenpox today. What needs to be done. Whether need to consult a doctor.
No specific treatment is needed but if the baby refuses to feed or feel weak you have to see a pediatrician Because most babies get antibodies against the virus from their mother while in the womb, it's unusual for a baby to come down with chicken pox during the first year. Those who do tend to have a mild case. Chicken pox, also called varicella, typically causes an itchy rash that starts out as small red bumps.
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My Baby is 1 month old. She is now taking mothers milk & Lactodex. Grandparents were telling us to give a Cow milk to Baby because its much healthier than Packaged milk. Kindly suggest me can she take a Cow milk?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My Baby is 1 month old. She is now taking mothers milk & Lactodex. Grandparents were telling us to give a Cow milk to...
Give her exclusive breastfeeding up to the age of 6 months n nothing else. Mother's milk is nectar to baby. Rest is. your will.
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I am 28 years old & the age of my baby is just one month. I am giving her naan as a supplementary food consulting with a doctor. Baby is not getting sufficient milk from me. Is it ok or not? I have a question to doctors that which foods will increase breast milk of a mother?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
I am 28 years old & the age of my baby is just one month. I am giving her naan as a supplementary food consulting wit...
I always suggest to give exclusive breast milk up to 6 months of age. Breast suckling is it self a good means to increase milk production in addition to good nourishing diet to mother.
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Hi My baby girl 3mnth 6 days old. So baby ko kab se cerelac or homemade rice & dal mixture khela sakte please 4th mnths running hai so food chat bolye na baby ke liye. Thanks.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Hi My baby girl 3mnth 6 days old. So baby ko kab se cerelac or homemade rice & dal mixture khela sakte please 4th mnt...
From 4 month onwards you have to give all homemade foods mashed well and do not bottle feed and feed with spoon and also give breast milk
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My baby who is 1 years old, is having yellow urine, this ive noticed quite a no. Of times. Can this be anything serious? She has almost 450-500 ml of water a day, but still the urine is pale. Kindly guide me.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
My baby who is 1 years old, is having yellow urine, this ive noticed quite a no. Of times. Can this be anything serio...
Please No problem as such Vitamin supplements causes yellow color to urine Give plenty of water daily.
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Health Tips For Mother For Better Parenthood

MBBS
General Physician, Indore
Health Tips For Mother For Better Parenthood

Health tips for kids that every mother should be aware of, to keep their children healthy:

You can't perform well when you don't feel good, true isn't. So the best way to improve child growth and performance is to make sure he/she follows healthy food habits at home. Make sure that your child eats plenty of salad and fruits along with regular meals.

In addition, right food combinations not only keep child healthy and active and also prevent many infections

It is really important to start the day with a healthy breakfast as after a night's sleep, our energy levels are really low. Breakfast refuels your body and gives you energy for the day. If our child had healthy breakfast in the morning, then he would feel energetic and will perform better in school.

Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket: try sandwich or bread, or corn flakes with milk or simply fruits.

Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? so in order to be healthy, we need at least 7-8 glasses of liquid each day. So encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids. In addition, to water, you can give kids low-fat milk, buttermilk, fresh fruit juices and low-calorie beverages.

Our body needs around 40 different nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals) every day for good health. As there is no single food that contains them all, so it is important to balance our daily intake. The best way to stay healthy and get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of food each day.

A mother nowhere your responsibility becomes tougher, as you need to get more creative in cooking so that kids eat all varieties of food and have healthy snacks too.

Regular health check-ups of the child ensure child's well-being and also timely interventions can prevent a lot of health issues.

Make sure your child's immunisations are up to date. It is good that these days even schools are aware and they also ensure a child is immunised properly before giving admission.

Sleep is a vital need, as it promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioural problems. A good night's sleep followed by food in the morning helps your child to stay active and concentrate better at school.

This generation is far more tech savvy than ours, nowadays even toddlers are well versed with mobile, tab functions. We can't completely keep them away from these gadgets.

But it is really necessary to cut back on their time for playing computer games and watching television before it takes a toll on their health.

Physical activity is really important part of child health tips. Encourage your child to get into some action each day like playing a sport or indulging in physical activity like running, swimming. For primary school children, 60 minutes of activity is recommended each day.

Hand-washing at regular intervals is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay healthy. You can use hand sanitizers in case water is not available. School going kids can even keep sanitizers in their bag or desk. Teach your children to avoid sharing water bottles, food or other personal items, as these could be the source of infections in case other child is sick.

Also, ask your kids to cover mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing. Believe me, these general health tips for kids can avoid lot of infections and illness in children

Children learn a lot of things by imitating. Be it a toddler trying hands with father's shaving brush or a school going girl demanding for makeup kit since her mother uses that. Imitation and role modelling is quite common in childhood, so why not use it as a tool for introducing general health tips in children e. G- if you want your children to be more physically active then jump into action. You can play cricket, basketball with your kid. This technique will not only strengthen your bonding with the child but also child will develop tips for health easily.
 

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I have premature baby he takes powder milk when he was born his weigh was 900 gram now he is six month old his weight 4500 gram why his growth is average and please tell me how many ml of milk he should take after each 2 hours.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Tumkur
I have premature baby he takes powder milk when he was born his weigh was 900 gram now he is six month old his weight...
Birthweight usually doubles by 5 months. As he was a premature baby his weight gain is more than adequate. Lf you are breastfeeding it's fine otherwise you can feed him top feeds around 150ml once in 3 -4 hours.
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My son of 1 years 8 month old .recently I have stopped giving my breast milk. But he doesn't eating anything. He doesn't drink formula milk also. I am really worried about him. Suggest me something.

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
My son of 1 years 8 month old .recently I have stopped giving my breast milk. But he doesn't eating anything. He does...
Hi. Thanks for query. Firstly observe if actually he's not eating anything. sometimes we have some idea about diet and certain foods they need to eat and if they are not eaten we feel they have not eaten. Chances are also that other foods like biscuits chips or juice is filling up his tummy. Keep patience and dont compensate by giving chocolates or biscuits. When hungry they will eat. try to give home foods be creative and try to give smaller and more frequent feeds. dont force feed. Go by kids instinct as well...if he is not hungry dont force, wait and then offer again. for detailed diet you can consult me in private.
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I stopped feeding of my 15 month boy. please suggest me which food can I give him.in night time he woke up 3 time. Cry some time. Nt take cow milk. Drink water. Sleep.is it ok .plz suggest me.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
I stopped feeding of my 15 month boy. please suggest me which food can I give him.in night time he woke up 3 time. Cr...
Baby should be shifted from breast feed to top feed from 6 months of age onwards. Start with liquid diet to semisolid
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My baby is 6 months 4 days. When it is better to start solids. Now we r giving formula milk 3 times and brest milk 2 times. 2days back we started giving boiled carrot. And today we gave mixed (raw carrot 2 badam 1 cashew) 4 spoons. She splited out.please advice

PALS, MD, MBBS
Pediatrician, Delhi
My baby is 6 months 4 days. When it is better to start solids. Now we r giving formula milk 3 times and brest milk 2 ...
Hi, you can start giving her solids, avoid giving dry fruits so early, give her mashed banana, mashed potatoes, apple, dal and introduce one food item at a time and then gradually increase to khichadi, dalia.
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