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Dr. Manikumar

Pediatrician, Chennai

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Dr. Manikumar is an experienced Pediatrician in Kasthuri Hospital, Chennai. Doctor is currently associated with Kasthuri Hospital in Kasthuri Hospital, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Manikumar on Lybrate.com.

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I have 1.5 months old baby, he didn't poop for two days and his sleeping time also reduced by this two days, he s not crying no fever he goes pee as usual, taking feeding well, am so worried please help.

PG Diploma in Clinical Research, Diploma in Acupuncture, MBBS, College Of Physicians & Surgeons
General Physician, Mumbai
I have 1.5 months old baby, he didn't poop for two days and his sleeping time also reduced by this two days, he s not...
In a breast fed child passing stool once in seven days or seven times a day is normal.Infants have golden pasty stool.Do not give any medication unless advised or needed. All the best.
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Iron Deficiency In Children - Symptoms And Prevention

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Iron Deficiency In Children - Symptoms And Prevention

Iron is an essential nutrient and mineral that is required by adults and children alike. Iron helps move oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and helps muscles store and use oxygen. It is especially important for children because it aids development and prevents anaemia. Untreated iron deficiency in children can cause physical and mental delays. It can lead to less healthy red blood cells in the child's blood stream which will cause a delay in the growth of physical and mental faculties.

Risk factors for iron deficiency in children

Infants and children at highest risk of iron deficiency include:

  1. Babies who are born prematurely or have a low birth weight
  2. Babies who drink cow's milk before age 1
  3. Breast-fed babies who aren't given complementary foods containing iron after age 6 months
  4. Babies who drink formula that isn't fortified with iron
  5. Children ages 1 to 5 who drink more than 24 ounces (710 milliliters) of cow's milk, goat's milk or soy milk a day
  6. Children suffering from, Malabsorption, Chronic diarrhoea, thyroid disorders and Celiac Disease
  7. Children ages 1 to 5 who have been exposed to lead
  8. Adolescent girls also are at higher risk of iron deficiency because their bodies lose iron during menstruation.

Symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia

The signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia in children may include:

  1. Pale skin
  2. Fatigue or weakness
  3. Slow cognitive and social development
  4. Difficulty maintaining body temperature
  5. Increased likelihood of infections
  6. Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or pure starch

Prevent iron deficiency in children

Take steps to prevent iron deficiency in your child by paying attention to his or her diet. For example:

  1. Encourage a balanced diet. When you begin serving your baby solids, typically between ages 4 months and 6 months, feed him or her foods with added iron, such as iron-fortified baby cereal. For older children, good sources of iron include red meat, chicken, fish, beans and dark green leafy vegetables. Between ages 1 and 5, don't allow your child to drink more than 24 ounces (710 milliliters) of milk a day.
  2. Enhance absorption. Vitamin C helps promote the absorption of dietary iron. You can help your child absorb iron by offering foods rich in vitamin C, such as melon, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes and potatoes.
  3. Deworming: The power to kill parasites. With such tablets, we can eliminate worms in children and stop parasites from absorbing the critical nutrients a child needs to develop.
  4. Consider iron supplements. If your baby was born prematurely or with a low birth weight or you're breast-feeding a baby older than 4 months and he or she isn't eating two or more servings a day of iron-rich foods, talk to your child's doctor about oral iron supplements.

Don't take pallor lightly. Consult the doctor.

Make sure that you watch out for the tell tale signs of iron deficiency and take the necessary precautions to avoid the same. If you wish to discuss about any specific child related problem, you can consult a specialized pediatrician.

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My 5 years old son is suffering from severe cold n his nose is blocked during night n also sneezes a lot.

MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Hi, If this problem is chronic than get xray nasopharynx done to rule out adenoids hypertrophy. You can use mometasone nasal spray 2 puffs each nostril twice a day for 3 months. Use nasal saline drops three to four times for nasal congestion. You should also get an ent checkup to look for tonsillar hypertrophy.
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My 74 year old brother had a cyst removed from bladder and based on biopsy report he has been advised radiation. It is stage 2. My question is how many radiation to be given. Hair fall happens due to radiation?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
My 74 year old brother had a cyst removed from bladder and based on biopsy report he has been advised radiation. It i...
Hair fall can happen due to radiation and the number of radiation required will vary on the size and place of the extent of malignancy
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My son age is 4 years old he does not take meal and not interested in any food someone given me advice to use ayurvedic medicine charak" mallon" is this better for his health.

DNB(Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician, Chennai
Hi Mr. Lybrate-user it is normal for the children of this age (<5yrs) to be fussy. If his weight and height is normal for his age and is healthy then it should not be a concern. Also don't force him and don't give frequent feed as he will not be hungry. Let him play and make him as for food and slowly make it a habit by food at appropriate time.
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I have breathing problem accompanied with upper back and chest pain. Mucus in chest as well and I am 32 weeks pregnant. But this problem is from last year, it gets worse in summers and winters I hardly breathe and have to take steam. And it get more worse at night. Can anyone please suggest me what to do, can I go for some test? Is there any serious problem.

BPTh/BPT, MPTh/MPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
I have breathing problem accompanied with upper back and chest pain. Mucus in chest as well and I am 32 weeks pregnan...
•Bhujang Asana -- Lie flat on your stomach, keeping the palms out, bend the neck backward, take a deep breath and while holding it for 6 seconds, raise the chest up. Release breath and relax your body. Repeat the exercise 15 times twice daily. •Core Strengthening Exercises- Straight Leg Raised With Toes Turned Outward, repeat 10 times, twice a day.
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My new born baby of 15 days has got watery eyes. Water keeps coming out of her eyes. What needs to be done in this case and is this normal for new born or I need to be worried about it.

MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Ujjain
My new born baby of 15 days has got watery eyes. Water keeps coming out of her eyes. What needs to be done in this ca...
No it is a condition called congenital dacrocystitis and it needs to be treated as soon a s possible ccause if not treated in first 6 months, the child myt need operation later on.
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Dental Tips General Category

BDS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S)
Dentist, Pune
Dental Tips General Category

When the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed, septic or lifeless, one needs to go through the root canal treatment.

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I have given my daughter carrots in her food (lunch & dinner). But the next day I found undigested particles of carrot in her stool. She is absolutely fine. The quality of the stool was also good. I am afraid that is it indigestion? She has recently suffered from UTI and lost 2 kgs. She also suffers from constipation. Her age is 2 years 3 months.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
I have given my daughter carrots in her food (lunch & dinner). But the next day I found undigested particles of carro...
do not worry , these are fiber contents of carrot which are not digested by the enzymes of our intestine look after general cleanliness in food preparation and feeding , she should not get diarrhea./ UTI again . while washing after toilet wash from front to back.and give her more liquids good luck
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Sir my daughter 1 year 3 month old. Went for vaccine. But mistakely I forget my immunisation record of card at my home. The doctor given the vaccine to my doctor of chickenpox. But when I returned home. As per card my vaccine was mmr1. Is chicken pox and mmr are same. Or I have to go for mmr1 vaccine again. Please confirm me. I m in doubt.

MD - Paediatrics, Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Mumbai
Sir my daughter 1 year 3 month old. Went for vaccine.
But mistakely I forget my immunisation record of card at my hom...
No, chicken pox and mmr are not same. They are two different vaccines. There is however, no harm if you have given a second dose of chicken pox by mistake. You an take her after a gap of one month (compulsory between 2 vaccines) and give her the mmr vaccine. No harm done but don't miss the mmr vaccine.
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My son is 4 years Old. Can you please suggest a healthy diet plan for him during this summer. Thanks.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My son is 4 years Old. Can you please suggest a healthy diet plan for him during this summer. Thanks.
Sample Day of Meals for a 4-Year Old Child Meal Guidelines Snack 1/2 cup fruit1 ounce protein Lunch 2 ounce grains1 ounce protein foods3/4 cup vegetables1/2 cup dairy Snack 3/4 cup dairy1/4 cup fruit Dinner 1 ounce grains1 ounce protein foods3/4 cup vegetables3/4 cup dairy
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My baby born at 30 weeks .now she's 7th month old .when I feed her food she doesn't eat more than 1 spoon .she doesn't like anything. Pls give some suggestions?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My baby born at 30 weeks .now she's 7th month old .when I feed her food she doesn't eat more than 1 spoon .she doesn'...
Most children show food refusal and ou have to lovingly feed and avoid bottle feeding as such children refuse to eat
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Muje 6 months se left eye ke vision me ek black point dikhai de rha hai, mene private doctor se tratment bhi liya, but koi asar nbi hua, and meri aankho ke number bhi badb rhe h. Har 6 months to 1 year mai meri aankho ke number change ho jate h. Kya ye koi bimari hai, muje kya karna chaiye?

DO, Diploma in Ophthalmology, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Faridabad
Muje 6 months se left eye ke vision me ek black point dikhai de rha hai, mene private doctor se tratment bhi liya, bu...
You have not mentioned your age! The black point could be pathological or physiological, Get a Fundus exam. Done. Frequent change is common in young age but it could be a case of progressive myopia.
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Premature (30weeks) born by lscs weight 1.3kg vital stable what could we do for management like feeding and handling etc.

MBBS, MD
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
Premature (30weeks) born by lscs weight 1.3kg vital stable what could we do for management like feeding and handling ...
Cleaniness feeding hygienic care room temp control at 27 28 c. Daily bath in warm climate and water.
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My son is born with down syndrome. He is suffer from full copy of trisomy. Full extra chromosome. What is the best way to handle the situation. And how to understand the child situation.

MBBS, FELLOWSHIP IN PAEDIATRICS
Pediatrician, Ghaziabad
My son is born with down syndrome. He is suffer from full copy of trisomy. Full extra chromosome. What is the best wa...
Down syndrome is a condition in which a person is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome can have physical problems, as well as intellectual disabilities. Every person born with Down syndrome is different. People with the syndrome may also have other health problems. They may be born with heart disease. They may have dementia. They may have hearing problems and problems with the intestines, eyes, thyroid, and skeleton. The chance of having a baby with Down syndrome increases as a woman gets older. Down syndrome cannot be cured. Early treatment programs can help improve skills. They may include speech, physical, occupational, and/or educational therapy. With support and treatment, many people with Down syndrome live happy, productive lives.
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MD, MCH, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune

Skin Care Tips for Eczema Patients



As the ailment is chronic and of relapsing nature, persistence with proper skin care is a must. The patient and his care-takers should be educated about the disease triggers and measures to avoid them.
•Bathe less frequently: Patient should opt to bathe just two or three times a week with lukewarm water (avoid hot water) maximum for 5-10 minutes.
•Gently pat skin dry with a towel after bathing. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or swimming while the skin is still damp so as to seal in the moisture especially during winter.
•Avoid using soap. Restrict use of soap to genitals, axillae, hands and feet.
•Use of mild cleanser or moisturizing soap is recommended. Mild soaps clean without excessively removing natural oils.
•To retain the moisture after application of moisturizer patient could cover the area with a wrap or if hands are involved he can use gloves. This is not advised when steroidal applications are used as it increases the potential for developing their side-effects.
•Soaking the lesion in sodium bicarbonate or colloidal oatmeal to bath helps in reduce itching.
•By wearing gloves in the winter patient can prevent skin from being exposed to cold air with little humidity which can dry the skin.
•Regularly clip nails to prevent abrasion of skin while scratching. This reduces the chances of developing secondary infection.
•Avoid contact with allergens or irritants to the skin e.G. Wool, perfumes, detergents, etc.
•Children should be encouraged to drink plenty of water. Fluids help add moisture to the skin.
•Food substances that provoke allergies (allergens) should be avoided, e.G: Tomatoes which can be acidic.
•Tight-fitting, rough or scratchy clothing can irritate the skin. Wool and some synthetics are especially likely to irritate the skin. Wearing cotton and cotton blends are better choices.
•Scratching the skin rash: Patients often find it difficult to control this urge hence they should cover the affected area with a dressing or wear gloves at night to reduce damage to the skin caused by scratching accidentally during sleep.
•Avoid strenuous exercise during a flare-up as sweating can irritate the rash.
•Try and reduce mental and physical stress. Stress can trigger flare-ups. Older children and adults can learn breathing techniques and meditation to reduce stress.
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My son is aged 12 years but he is very slim and short in comparison to his age group friends. He also throw out a lot of saliva from mouth while sleeping. Suggest some homeopathic treatment.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Dribbling saliva frommouth is called drooling and Medically it is termed as sialorrhea (excessive saliva production) which is generally seen in infants while teething and sometimes in children with muscular problems and behavorial and neurological conditions like cerebral palsy. There are different glands that contribute to the production of saliva. And the amount of saliva your body produces while you’re asleep is quite less than while you’re awake. Normally You don’t drool when you’re awake because you swallow up the saliva. But when you’re sleeping you’re relaxed and so are your facial muscles. Hence, whatever saliva the glands produce gets accumulated in your mouth, which then leaks out of the mouth because you don’t swallow it. If you drool while sleeping, you must have noticed that saliva leaks out mostly when you sleep on your sides and rarely when you sleep on your back. That’s because, when you sleep on your back, saliva settles at the back of your throat and eventually drains down. There are certain problems that could be associated with drooling and these are----------- 1. Allergies: Allergic rhinitis and certain food allergies cause over-production of saliva resulting in drooling. 2. Acidity --- Acid reflux episodes cause the gastric acid to stimulate the esophagus, as a result the esophagosalivary reflex gets excited leading to excessive saliva production. 3. Sinus infection: Upper respiratory tract infections are usually associated with breathing and swallowing problems, which cause drooling due to accumulation of saliva. Also, when your nasal passage is blocked due to flu, you tend breathe with your mouth, which causes the excess saliva to flow out while sleeping. 4. Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is the inflammation of glands called tonsils present at the back of your throat. Due to inflammation and swelling the passage becomes narrow, thereby obstructing the drainage of accumulated saliva down the throat. 5. Sleep terrors: Drooling is a known symptom seen in people suffering from sleep terrors. Sleep terrors can be manifested in adults as a result of psychopathological reason. They often occur when a person in under severe emotional stress or may be triggered by certain drugs like sedatives, alcohol or even sleep deprivation. Sometimes, drooling is also seen in people suffering from other sleep-related disorders like sleep walking (somnambulism) and somniloquy (sleep talking). 6. Drugs and chemicals: If you’re on certain medications or if you’re taking drugs then drooling may be an everyday thing for you. Some antidepressants and medications like morphine, pilocarpine (treats dry mouth) cause increased saliva production. Although treatment can be done according to any underlying problem but if it is due to excessive salivary glandss secretions the start taking this medicine for 15 day and consult thereafter. MERC sol 30 ( Dr Reckeweg) Drink 2 drop direct on tongue today night and after this forget about this medicine for 15 days. PL 30 ( Dr Reckeweg) Ask homoeopathic pharmacist to prepare this medicine 2 drahm in 30 number globules and start taking this medicine 4 tabss 3 time daily for 15 days.
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