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Dr. Sushma Narayan (Aiims)

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MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Few Signs You Might Be Suffering From Celiac Disease!

Hi. I am Dr. Sushma Narayan. I am a Pediatric Gastroenterologist working in New Delhi. I have a dedicated clinic for celiac disease. Friends today I will be talking to you about celiac disease. Many of you may not have heard of celiac disease very much or you may know who is suffering from celiac disease. Now what is celiac disease? Celiac disease is a sort of wheat allergy or intolerance to wheat. More and more people are now coming to understand this disease to know that yes celiac disease exists and this is due to ingestion of wheat. Now there is a substance called gluten in wheat and barley and also a European grain called rye. Now when a person injects wheat which has gluten in it there is, the person starts suffering from some sort of discomfort may be stomach ache, or you know the need to go to the toilet, or some sort of nausea or vomiting. Now these are, these may be the initial symptoms. However in children the most predominant symptoms are diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, then severe anemia which is not responding to iron therapy. Severe iron deficiency and growth failure. These are the 3 hallmarks of celiac disease in children. We often pick up this disease around 4 to 5 years. Thereby showing that, yes the delay in diagnosis does occur in the disease. It;s not very easy to diagnose as a list of suspicion has to be very high when you are thinking of celiac disease, also there is a presentation which is called as Atypical presentation. Now in Atypical presentation need not have any of these symptoms but may just come to you with some thyroid issues., maybe some skin allergies or the patient may come to you simply with a diabetes mellitus. Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. So we have to really start thinking that is it really possible for a person to have wheat intolerance or all these symptoms. Yes it is true. But how does it come? How does this disease comes. Due to a genetic predisposition when the HLA dilute to or HLA due to 8 genes are present. We too are testing for this genes and if the patient is negative for these genes, it is said that they cannot celiac disease. In addition we have to very sensitive, psychology test, which one is called the anti TTG IGA and the second test is the anti Endomysial antibody tests. The TTG test is very easily available and comparatively cheaper test and it has a very high sensitivity and specificity. Once the TTG is positive then we also check out the family history. Is there any family history of wheat allergy or tolerance in the family and then request the patient to undergo an upper GI endoscopy along with a biopsy. Biopsy specimens are taken and these are examined and if the demonstrate that the will I have got damaged and there is a flat mucosa or there is a partial vilosetrophy then the diagnosis of the celiac disease is confirmed. Once the diagnosis of celiac disease is confirmed then we have to stop wheat. But prior to that a complete assessment of the patient has to be done with regard to the thyroid status, the liver enzymes have to be checked out and also the patient has to be thoroughly checked for other vitamins deficiencies like Vitamin D, Vitamin B complex and iron. And accordingly the supplementation has to be started. Now can these patients can take a little bit of wheat? No, unfortunately its not, because once the wheat allergy diagnosis that is a celiac disease that is established they cannot take even minuscule amount of wheat. The codex the national cortex elementary says that these patients cannot take more than 20 parts per million. However lot of food, glutton free food is available in the market which is not tested, which is not labeled properly, but these patients are compelled to use these foods. And these are highly containiated to treat which means that this patient never get into full recovery. So the issues here are that once we have found the patient is suffering from celiac disease we have to now help the patient to regain his full potential by stopping wheat completely and doing a regular follow up with the doctors to see if the patient compliance is good, if the glutton tree diet is completely, complete in all ways. Like its neutraionaly complete. So that the patient recovers completyly. And we, lot of Gastroenterologist are offering advice on celiac disease. We are working in Delhi. And if any of you need any consultation regarding this disease, please contact me through Lybrate or on my address which is celiac clinic, B13. Shiwalick malvic nagar. New Delhi.

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With almost 35 years of experience in her field, Dr Sushma Narayan is one of the best Pediatricians in Delhi. She acquired a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1977 at the Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad. In 1982, after obtaining a Diploma in Child Health from the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College in Delhi, she went on to become a fellow of Pediatric Gastroenterology (AIIMS) in 2002. She was a consultant in Kasturba Hospital in departmentnof Pediatrics prior to retirement. Currently, Dr. Narayan practices as a consultant paediatrician at the Babies and Children's Centre & Celiac Clinic B13 Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, which is located in Delhi. Patients can avail of her services Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am until 2 pm at the clinic. She is also available in the evening by appointment. She looks after new borns, malnourished and normal children and young adults upto 18 years of age., giving honest guidance for referral if needed in a sick baby. All facilities such immunisations, blood tests and nebuliser are available at the clinic. Additionally she is an expert in management of new born feeding, infections, pneumonias, growth failure and all stomach related issues such as pain abdomen, acute and chronic diarrhoea, weight loss, poor appetite, thyroid disorders etc. She provides excellent, personalised dietary advise to each child according to the family circumstances. Her super-specialiisatiion is wheat and other food allergies and Celiac disease. . Dr. Narayan is a member of various prestigious associations like the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, the Celiac Support Organisation (Secy General) and she is also a life Member of the ISPGHAN. (Indian society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition).


MBBS - Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad - 1977
Diploma in Child Health (DCH) - Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi - 1982
Pediatric Gastroenterology - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 2002
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Professional Memberships
Indian Academy of Pediatrics
Indian academy of Pediatrics, Delhi chapter
founder member "Celiac Support Organisation"
Life Member - ISPGHAN


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Lactose Intolerance - How Can You Manage It Well?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Lactose Intolerance - How Can You Manage It Well?

People suffering from lactose intolerance find it difficult to digest the lactose or sugar in milk, which results in gas, bloating or even diarrhea. An inadequacy of an enzyme called lactase, produced in the small intestine, is the root of lactose intolerance, a condition also known as lactose malabsorption.

How to deal with lactose intolerance in your child?

  1. Cutting out on dairy products does not mean you would be deprived of sufficient amount of calcium. Find alternate sources of calcium in your food apart from dairy products, for instance, spinach, rhubarb, pinto beansoranges, milk substitutes such as rice milk or soy milk, canned salmon, juices, breads and broccoli. Do give your child foods rich in vitamin D such as liver, eggs and yogurt. Asking your child to spend some time out in the sun can be a great idea in this regard, as well. Your physician will prescribe you with calcium and vitamin D supplements.
  2. Limit your child’s intake of dairy products. Opt for small servings of milk so as to reduce the chances of gastrointestinal troubles. Your child should consume milk with other foods to delay the digestive process. Try out a variety of dairy products as not all of them possess the same amount of lactose. Buy lactose free products or use lactase enzyme drops or tablets that may aid your child in digesting different dairy products.
  3. Probiotics are living organisms that exist in your intestine and help you in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Yoghurt and other supplement capsules are rich in probiotics. Hence, they can be perfect choices for your child.

Muscular Dystrophy - How Can You Treat It?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Muscular Dystrophy - How Can You Treat It?

The ability of the human body to move is because of the wonderful and smooth coordination between the various muscles and joints in the body. Of the muscles, there are some muscles which we can control, known as voluntary. The limbs and hands for instance, can be controlled by us. On the other hand, the muscles of the stomach, heart and other internal organs cannot be controlled by us.

 These are known as involuntary muscles. When there is an abnormality in the muscle growth, the condition is known as muscular dystrophy (MD). There are multiple types of MD, and most of these are due to genetic abnormalities and are inherited from the mother. It is caused due to lack of a protein named dystrophin.

It is mostly seen in boys at a young age, and it can progress with age. In some people, the onset is late, and even smooth muscles like the heart can be affected. The most common presentation is muscle wasting with gradual loss of muscle mass and loss of strength in the muscles. This leads to waddling gait, muscular pain and stiffness, difficulty sitting and standing, frequent falls, and other learning disabilities.

As the disease progresses, there is a further limitation of movement with shortened muscles and tendons, increasingly curved spine, cardiac issues, difficulty swallowing and breathing problems. These symptoms are due to the smooth muscles being affected.

Though there are multiple varieties of it, the most common ones are Duchenne and Bekcer’s. In Duchenne, the symptoms begin to manifest at about 3 years of age and by the age of 20, the child usually dies of respiratory failure. While there is no specific treatment for MD yet, there are a lot of supportive measures including drugs and physiotherapy to improve function and restore quality of life to the extent possible.

  1. Corticosteroids are useful in improving muscle mass and reduce the pace of disease progression. Heart medications like beta blockers and ACE inhibitors are useful where the heart function is affected.
  2. Mobility aids like canes, walkers, and wheelchairs may be used depending on the severity of symptoms.
  3. Patients are asked to perform general exercise to improve overall body movement and reduce rigidity. Walking, swimming, jogging are useful in keeping the muscles agile.
  4. Braces may be useful to keep the muscles in tension.
  5. If the lungs are affected, breathing assistance may be required to ensure there is sufficient oxygenation. A ventilator may be required in some people.

Though not proven yet, there are drugs being tested to delay muscle wasting, altering the damaged dystrophin, and other advanced techniques to treat MD. Currently, however, drugs and physiotherapy are the only methods available.

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Common Feeding Problems Faced By Mothers!

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Common Feeding Problems Faced By Mothers!

Spitting up, refusing to try new foods and occasionally turning up their noses at feeding times, is normal but consistently refusing food and water, vomiting and allergies may indicate an underlying medical condition that requires attention. Common feeding problems that affect infants include sucking, prolonged chewing without swallowing, holding food in their mouth and grabbing food. Infants who are unable to close their mouths in order to keep food inside may also be said to be suffering from feeding problems.

Feeding problems could be triggered by medical conditions like a cleft palate, premature birth, respiratory problems, low birth weight etc. or by non-medical reasons such as the child’s feeling of being unloved or stressed. Symptoms of feeding problems vary from infant to infant.

However, some of the common symptoms exhibited are:

  • Problems with chewing

  • Excessive drooling

  • Refusing to eat foods or drink liquids

  • Long feeding times

  • Coughing or gagging while feeding

  • Difficulty with breast or bottle feeding

  • Nasal stuffiness while eating

  • Poor weight gain

  • Recurring respiratory infections

  • Vomiting or excessive spitting up of food

  • Arching the back while feeding

  • Disinterest in feeding

Though feeding problems are minor in most cases, it is important to consult a doctor if this behaviour continues over a period of time. This is because the child may be suffering from an underlying medical condition or could be at an increased risk of suffering from dehydration, aspiration and lung problems. It could also lead to delayed physical and mental development, speech problems and cognitive issues.

Feeding problems are addressed in many different ways. The first step to dealing with feeding problems is to change the texture and temperature of food being given to the baby. In addition, try changing the posture of the baby while feeding.

In some cases, mouth exercises may be needed to strengthen the mouth muscles. Chewing exercises and tongue movement may also help reduce feeding problems.

Encourage your infant to try different types of food by including different textures in their daily meals. Alternating food textures and liquids can make it easier for the infant to swallow the food. Do not force your child to eat in a hurry but let him or her take their own time.

In cases where the infant is not gaining weight, the doctor may suggest nutritional changes and a specific diet to help gain weight. In emergency cases, hospitalisation may also be required and your baby may be given a feeding tube to ensure he or she receives adequate nutrition.

Is You Kid Facing Issues While Breathing - Why Consult A Doctor?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Is You Kid Facing Issues While Breathing - Why Consult A Doctor?

Is your child getting exhausted after a bout of cough? Does he or she suffer from constant wheezing and tightness of the chest? Does your child feel drained out after climbing a flight of stairs? Do you know a child who always seems to run out of breath and cannot participate in school sports tournaments or play outside for a long time? The child could be suffering from asthma, which is a serious breathing problem. Most children are affected by asthma. Staying in a polluted city just makes the condition worse.

Asthma - Know the disease

  1. Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation of the airways, known as trachea and bronchioles.
  2. The muscles around the airways constrict and prevent the smooth flow of air.
  3. The lining of the bronchioles swell and block the airways.
  4. Asthma is mostly triggered by an allergic reaction.
  5. There is a difficulty in breathing out. Exhalation of air is often accompanied by a wheezing, that is, a whistling sound.
  6. There is a constant shortness of breath, feeling out of breath and gasping for air.
  7. There is an uncomfortable tightness in the chest, the feeling of not breathing in enough air.
  8. Coughing bouts in the middle of the night, that leave the child feeling exhausted and completely out of breath.

Causes of Asthma 

Asthma is mostly triggered by asthma allergens. These allergens are mostly pollens and animal fur.

  1. Exposure to pollution, such as dust and smoke
  2. Heredity
  3. Obesity
  4. History of heartburn, GERD and acid reflux
  5. Inflammation of sinus and airways
  6. History of bronchial disorders and pneumonia
  7. Viral infections
  8. Chronic rhinitis
  9. Low immunity causing constant cold and blockage of nose

Treatments of asthma

  1. A nebulizer that turns asthma medicine into a mist can then be inhaled easily
  2. An inhaler can be used to take in inhaled steroids into the lungs or a bronchodilutor
  3. Try and avoid asthma triggers and allergens as much as possible
  4. Avoid physical stress and heat
  5. Get sufficient rest of about 7-8 hours every day
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Swelling In Groin In Kids - What Should You Do To Treat It?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Swelling In Groin In Kids - What Should You Do To Treat It?

Sometimes, the groin and scrotum swell due to the buildup of water like fluid in one or both the testicles. This is known as hydrocele. This condition is not at all painful, but can be uncomfortable at times. In newborn babies, there is an opening between the abdomen and the scrotum; it naturally closes with the passage of time, therefore it’s generally nothing to worry about.

Symptoms of hydrocele:

  1. Scrotum can get enlarged at times

  2. Swelling and redness are common in hydrocele

  3. Also, pressure can be felt at the base of your child’s penis

  4. Pain doesn’t normally occur but in some cases, might occur as your child gets older

How does in occur in babies?

When you are in the last stage of your pregnancy, the baby’s testicles descend from its abdomen to the scrotum. So the fluid in the sac stays within the scrotum and the opening closes naturally after some time.   

Can it be treated?

This condition is not usually hazardous to health and is treated usually, if there is immense pain. It can also cut out the blood supply; in this case, it has to be treated as soon as possible. If your child experiences such symptoms, you should take him to a doctor for a physical examination. During this examination, the doctor will shine light near the scrotum.

If it appears as a solid mass, then the assumption is that there is no watery fluid; hence, hydrocele has not occurred. There is a procedure in which the hydrocele is burst open with a small needle, but sometimes, it might relapse. In such a case, surgery is the only reliable option. These symptoms can also persist if your child is diagnosed with hernia. Hence, in such a situation, a surgery would solve both the conditions.

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Hi, This is regarding my nephew (3 months), from last one month he is suffering from gases problem and from last 15 days continuous lose motion. We have consulted many doctors and they have prescribed Ecobion bc, Negox R, Zodust 10, Colimex septran etc. But none of them worked. Kindly suggest the possible solution for the same.

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Hi, This is regarding my nephew (3 months), from last one month he is suffering from gases problem and from last 15 d...
A lot depends on what you consider loose motion and what feeds the baby is on. If the baby is on breast milk, even 7-8 semi formed stools are not really diarrhoea. If the baby is not loosing any weight, passing urine normally, feeding normally, not vomiting, it is not diarrhoea. The point is if it is not really diarrhoea, why are we treating it all. In my opinion, all medicines except zinc should be stopped and the baby should continue vigorous breast feeding.
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My son is 3.5 months old. We tested his stool and it shows the reducing substance as positive and after that the paediatrician suggested to give him isomil and now he has suggested to give him Nan lo lac. Is Nan lo lac safe for my baby as he is 3.5 months old.

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
My son is 3.5 months old. We tested his stool and it shows the reducing substance as positive and after that the paed...
Lactose intolerance in babies is very transient. Hope you are also give zinc supplement to the baby. If the baby is breast feed, you must continue breastfeeding. Formula feeds should be withdrawn completely as soon as baby is well for a couple of days.
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Galactose Intolerance In Kids - Understanding Its Effects!

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Galactose Intolerance In Kids - Understanding Its Effects!

An infant is usually called a bundle of joy and with good reason. There are simple and carefree, and bring a smile to your face with their antics. However, the mood and health of an infant can be tarnished due to an issue which is known as galactosemia.

What is Galactosemia?
When a baby has galactosemia, he or she will have a problem when it comes to digesting galactose, which is something that is present not only in milk but in all milk products. Galactose is a sort of sugar, just like fructose and glucose is. As a matter of fact, lactose, which is what milk has, is, in fact, a combination of glucose and galactose. Also, when lactose is processed, it is broken down by the human body into its constituents.

The condition is something that is passed down through the genes of the parents of the baby. The condition would occur if the gene which causes a tendency for a baby to have galactosemia is present not only in one parent but both of them. A baby who has the condition will be lacking an enzyme which is known as the GALT enzyme. The enzyme could also not be functioning as it should be under normal circumstances.

When it comes to the problem, it is very important, to say the least, to detect it sooner rather than later as if there is a build-up of unprocessed galactose which is allowed to occur, it can affect the baby adversely and in some cases, it can also be threatening to the life of the baby!

How does it affect a baby?
The problems which can erupt due to galactosemia include issues which affect organs such as the brain, eyes, liver and kidneys. It is interesting to take note of the fact that these are all organs which either have something to do either processing the blood or are heavily dependent on it. While a baby is not in the position in which he or she can communicate the issues that are being faced, when keeping an eye out for galactosemia, the signs which are displayed include an irritability of the baby as well as lacking consumption of the milk of the mother.

Even though galactosemia may not be the case, a doctor should be consulted as the exacerbated issue can include seizures and jaundice. It is to be kept in mind that galactose is something that can be found not only in the milk of the cow but also human milk as well as the milk of other animals such as goats. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


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Hi My daughter is 5 days old. I have got c section delivery. My baby has not passed motion from past 2 days what I need to do. And feeding s also problem for me because I am new to it. Not sure sufficient milk is going for baby.

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Hi My daughter is 5 days old. I have got c section delivery. My baby has not passed motion from past 2 days what I ne...
Do not worry if the baby has already passed black tarry stool after birth. Babies may not pass stool daily. Milk flow will increase once the baby suckles more and more. Colostrum, which the milk produced for few days after birth is very rich in nutrients and antibodies. So stop worrying and continue feeding. Breast milk is almost always sufficient although mothers never believe this statement. Babies loose weight for 10 days after birth and then rapidly start gaining it back as by 10 days feeding gets well established.
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