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Dr. Ravi Shekar

Pediatrician, Chennai

300 at clinic
Dr. Ravi Shekar Pediatrician, Chennai
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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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My baby is in teething period 9 months old, is loose motion common in teething period? Daily 4-5 times he will do loose motion. Please ans doctor.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Tumkur
My baby is in teething period 9 months old, is loose motion common in teething period? Daily 4-5 times he will do loo...
Loose motions are not related to teething but as the babies have a tendency to put every thing into mouth, they are more prone to have infections. Take care of hydration.
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What to feed a newborn baby at the time of born and best way to freed germ in its health and good body.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Ponda
What to feed a newborn baby at the time of born and best way to freed germ in its health and good body.
Best feed is breast feed so you can start immediately after birth if it's normal delivery otherwise after your obstetrician's advise.
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Iron Deficiency - How it Puts Your Child at Risk

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health
Pediatrician, Hyderabad
Iron Deficiency - How it Puts Your Child at Risk

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 who have certain health conditions, such as chronic infections or restricted diets
  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. Inflammation of the tongue
  5. Difficulty maintaining body temperature
  6. Increased likelihood of infections
  7. 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. Breast-feed or use iron-fortified formula. Breast-feeding until your child is age 1 is recommended. If you don't breast-feed, use iron-fortified infant formula.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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.

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 specilized pediatrician and ask a free question.

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Had cesarean 5days back but do not have sufficient milk in my breast to feed my baby so please suggest some home remedies to get good milk in my breast for my baby.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Take four liters of water daily. Eat me this and jeera more in the food remain relaxed while feeding.
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Sir my son is now 2.4 years old. Observed short breathing and little sound from his neck during cold, is it asthma? sir please suggest some medicine.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
He could be having allergic nasal block or breathing trouble. Reply privately with his weight and all details.
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My baby is 5 and half months old. She consume only my breastfeed and two spoons of nestum rise. Her weight is also less that is 4, 600 kg. What shall I do to increasing her weight.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Mumbai
My baby is 5 and half months old. She consume only my breastfeed and two spoons of nestum rise. Her weight is also le...
Hi lybtrate user, at 5 1/2 month this much of weight is good (although I want to know about -birth weight of baby, hence it proves that you are properly for feeding the baby. After 6 month you can start with weaning food.
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What is the reason behind that a baby below six month should be fed with breast milk only for the first six months before given proper food to him/her.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Tumkur
What is the reason behind that a baby below six month should be fed with breast milk only for the first six months be...
Baby should be benefited to the fullest of breast milk till 6 months which is adequately secreted till then and digestive enzymes are secreted only after 6 months.
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My baby girl is 6 months old these days she's licking floor and always keeps her thumb finger in her mouth. Since three days she is going motion quiet often and yesterday loose motions happened suggest some remedy. Thank you.

Fellowship in Neonatology, MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Bangalore
My baby girl is 6 months old these days she's licking floor and always keeps her thumb finger in her mouth.  Since th...
Thumb sucking these months is acceptable, may be due to teeting. Last 3 days may she have diarrea, look for dehydration. Consult doctor with baby.
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My 2 year child is suffering from rickets and his right leg is slightly tent Can his legs become normal like other child.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My 2 year child is suffering from rickets and his right leg is slightly tent Can his legs become normal like other ch...
If it is not refractory rickets, legs may become normal. Give him vitamin D 60000 units once in a week for 4 weeks n calcium rich diet supplement with calcium 300 mg daily. Sun light between 10 to 2 for about 1 hour to bare body is useful.
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M.D.( Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician,
All kinds of medications, cosmetics, plants, pesticides and cleaning products should be kept completely out of reach from toddlers.

Hi. My son is having tie tongue. He is 3.5 years old. My query is what is the correct age to treat it? What is the correct way to treat it? Is there any other complications in it? What kind of specialist doctor needed to treat it? Pediatric or ENT?

MBBS, MD
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
When child can not take out the tongue and have spongy franum below tongue to connect base of pharynx we call it tongue tie. Well if you thing child doesnot speek because of tongue tie. You are wrong. Because we do not speak by tongue. Tongue is for taste and propell the food backwards.
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Infant taken small amount of Mupirocin ointment while breastfeed. What will happen?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Infant taken small amount of Mupirocin ointment while breastfeed. What will happen?
Hello, Lybrate user, in my opinion, nothing is injurious In this connection, however have a close eyes upon any adverse change with regard to normal ctivities of the baby be reported to your neonatalist. Tk care.
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45 days vaccination given to my child. Dr. suggested pcv and Rota virus vaccination also to give which is optional. How does it help my child? Will my child find difficulty after vaccinated?

M.D. Pediatrics
Pediatrician, Pune
45 days vaccination given to my child. Dr. suggested pcv and Rota virus vaccination also to give which is optional. H...
PCV is vaccine for Pneumococcal Diseases, which includes Pneumonia, Ear Infection and Meningitis (Fever with Convulsion). This vaccine will help to prevent these pneumococcal infection. Rota Vaccine will help to prevent Rota Virus related diarrhoea, which is common in infants. So, I ll suggest you to go ahead with vaccination. And post vaccination there is no pain or fever, with these two vaccines, so you need not to worry. Kindly consult your pediatrician, as he can guide you better. Happy Parenting.
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What is the treatment for a child of 18 Months who is having cystic hygroma on left neck. please reply soon.

BHMS, VLIR Belgium, Canadian Academy Of Homeopathy
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
What is the treatment for a child of 18 Months who is having cystic hygroma on left neck. please reply soon.
Cystic hygroma can be treated very effectively with Homeopathy. Was it present since birth? A very common suggestion is get it operated. But if you treat it with homeopathy and have some patience and use homeopathy, it will be gone in a few months and homeopathy will improve the immunity also.
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I have a baby boy he is 18 months old.my problem is that he dnt like milk at all. He is not drinking milk not even a cup in a day.plzz suggest me any idea to improve interest for milk

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
It is not absolutely necessary for a one and half year old to have milk as such. you can give milk as kheer, dahi, or in dalia etc. you could also use home made paneer. Use the whey water in dal, sabzis or preparing dough. Sometimes children go off a particular food. You can give a short break and try to reintroduce that food/milk after some time.
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My 4 years daughter licked thinner bottle today at 12 noon. I observed her behaviour but she is reacting very normally any precautions I should take r anything I should observe in her. And after how many hours reaction can b seen of thinner.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Just licking would not have made any reasonable quantity to be swallowed. Since she is active and normal you need not worry.
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My son is 15 months old. He has got 3-4 teeth. and few are about to come. When is a good time to start with brushing? Also he still isn't standing or walking on his own. But he does stand up holding sofa, chair n also walks holding them. A few doc said its OK up to 18 months. So should we wait for few months or see a physio? As 3-4 docs v consulted said a strict NO for walker.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
My son is 15 months old. He has got 3-4 teeth. and few are about to come. When is a good time to start with brushing?...
yes,this is right time to teach brushing. Milestones are definitely delayed.his Speech,hearing,fine motor functions,muscle tone,reflexes to be assessed before any final comment.
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Hello sir Mera son sahe se khata pitta nahi hai jiski vajh se uski growth sahi nahi ho rahe hai usko ager jor jabardaste se kelany ki koshs karo to vmting kar deta hai Krpya kar kai koi growth kai ley aacha SA tonic ya koi or upaye batay thanks.

MBBS, MD
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
It seems you have as yet not made him eat himself. Take food articles himself. In long run, it leads to overdependent on parents. So now let him prepare the dish himselg, eat himself. You will find gradually improvement in selfconfidence.
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