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Dr. Ashish Kumar Agarwal

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Child Sex Abuse: WHO Stipulates Guidelines On Its Response!

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Child Sex Abuse: WHO Stipulates Guidelines On Its Response!

On how to respond to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused, the World Health Organization has come up with clinical guidelines on the same. The guidelines mention recommendations for the healthcare providers who may directly receive a victim of sexual abuse or may identify sexual abuse during the course of diagnosis and treatment. These frontline healthcare providers include general practitioners, gynaecologists, paediatricians and nurses.

The short-term as well as long-term mental health impact, as highlighted by WHO, of sexual abuse on children are:

  1. Post-traumatic stress
  2. Anxiety
  3. Depression
  4. Eating disorders
  5. Problems with relationships
  6. Sleep disorder
  7. Suicidal behaviour

The new WHO guidelines focus on recommendations and good practice suggestions in terms of:

  1. Disclosure made by the child 
  2. Obtaining medical history
  3. Conducting physical examinations and forensic investigations
  4. Documenting findings
  5. Offering preventive treatment for HIV post-exposure
  6. Pregnancy prevention, and other sexually transmitted diseases 
  7. Psychological, mental health interventions among others
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Massaging - Reasons Why It Is Best For Your Baby!

Graduate of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (GAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Massaging - Reasons Why It Is Best For Your Baby!

Are you looking for ways to relax with your baby and bond with him/her well? Then giving him/her a massage every day can be the best way to ensure normal growth and development of the infant along with nurturing him/her. Everyone is aware of the fact that massaging is an important way to bond with the newborns but there is even more that a soothing massage can do. It goes beyond the generic inventory of systemic strokes and has been proved a necessary component for the overall improvement of the baby. Ayurvedic massage is an Indian system of medicine which is concerned about the holistic healing of human beings and is over 5000 years old.
Regardless of whether your baby is a just a month old or several years, an Ayurvedic massage can help in engaging with the baby mindfully and connecting with him/her in non-verbal ways along with proffering several other benefits that include:

  1. Improvement of sleep: In a study conducted at the Touch Research Institutes of the Miami School of Medicine, it was found that babies and toddlers who were massaged for 15 minutes prior to sleep received good sleep and showe less sleep delays as opposed to toddlers and infants who were told a story before going to sleep. Ayurvedic massage with almond or coconut oil aids the child in sleeping deeply and more soundly and needless to say that the parents would sleep better if the child is sleeping soundly.
  2. Stimulation of growth hormone: Numerous underweight babies are born in the hospital each day resulting in longer hospital stays and increasing medical expenses. But many pieces of research have proved that if underweight babies are massaged for 15 minutes about 3 to 4 times a day, it could result in 47 percent more weight gain and they could leave the hospitals about 6 days earlier than others who were not massaged. If a baby can be discharged from the hospital almost a week earlier, it could lead to significant amount of savings without compromising the health of the child, and not to mention its emotional benefits on the parents.
  3. Boosting the function of the gastrointestinal tract: Constipation, gas, and colic are the three main physical distress that all babies do go through no matter how healthy they are. It is also very disturbing for the new parents who are not able to understand how to calm the baby. But the good news is that easy to learn massage techniques can aid in moving along digestion and the gas that is creating discomfort for the child. It could yield significant results in just a few minutes of massaging with mustard oil. There are some families where there is a tradition of using ghee for massaging babies.
  4. Relieving the pain and stress of teething: Teething is one of the most difficult times for both the infant and the parents but fortunately, there is a special facial massaging technique that can boost the release of endorphins which are the natural pain reliever in the human body. It also aids in lowering the levels of cortisol in the baby so that the stress levels are decreased along with the pain of teething.

Thus, you should massage your baby every day in order to help him grow happily while establishing a strong bond with him until he becomes 2 years old. You may also consult an Ayurvedic expert who can educate you on the correct method of massaging your child. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
ASTHMA

Asthma has become a common ailment these days because of rampant air pollution and stressful lifestyle. The quality of the air we breathe, the change in climate and dust allergy can easily bring in an asthmatic flare up in some people.
Asthma attack causes breathing difficulty. This happens as your bronchial tubes get inflamed and contract, thereby narrowing down the air passages. You feel your chest tightening up and experience shortness of breath with a wheezing sound.

What triggers asthma flare ups?
There a number of potential triggers for mild to severe asthmatic attacks. By identifying and avoiding these triggering factors you can bring down the frequency of your asthmatic flare ups notably.
Look out for the following factors that may set off asthma:

Cold and flu:
Cold and flu infection spreads through coughing and sneezing from an infected person. A cold takes 2-4 days while flu takes 3-4 weeks to recover. These infections can potentially trigger the asthma attack by causing inflammation of the air passages.

Weather change:
The changing weather conditions, cold air, humid climate and thunderstorms often trigger asthma flare ups. Changes in temperature also aggravates asthma problem. Cold air is one of the most common reasons for asthma attacks in kids and adults alike.
Allergens:
Dust Mites:
Dust mites in your carpets, rugs, pillows and bedding may trigger asthma as well. It is very difficult to kill dust mites. Make sure you use vacuum cleaner to clear away dust from your beddings, carpets, pillows etc. And put them out in the sun often.

Molds:
If you have indoor plants then they may trigger asthma attack due to allergy flare ups. This happens as they tend to form molds that may trigger asthma.

Pollens:
Indoor plants and garden areas may be a good thriving ground for pollens. Pollens are very fine particles. Insects and gusts of air may transport these allergens to your body through breath.

Pet/animal dander and cockroaches:
Pets or animals with hair or fur like a dog, cat, bird or even mice may shed miniscule skin flecks that may cause irritation and trigger an asthmatic flare up.
If you have cockroaches at home, then get pest control done. Their droppings may also trigger asthma flare up and you would have never guessed the real reason!

Work environment:
If your office area is closed up and not well ventilated, has wood dust or smell of wood polish, wall paint fumes, chemicals etc. Then your asthma flare up can set off easily.

Cigarette smoke:
If you smoke or you are in a smoking zone like in a restaurant or a party, then the smoke can prompt an asthma flare up. Even smoke from a bushfire may trigger it.

Air pollution:
If you live, work or travel in an area where air pollution is high due to traffic or lack of greenery, then an asthma flare up can occur frequently.

Strong smells:
Strong smells from flowers, mosquito repellents, incense sticks, varnish, paint, perfumed candles, deodorants or body perfumes can also trigger asthma.

Medication:
Certain medicines can also trigger asthma attack like blood pressure or steroidal medicines etc. Always ask your doctor before taking medicines.

Stress and emotional highs:
If you have not taken a vacation in a long time, you are working late nights or have to do heavy physical or mental work, then it results in extreme stress. It may trigger an asthmatic flare up. Emotional highs like anger or excitement can also trigger a flare up of asthma.

Exercise:
Exercising, jogging, swimming or running can also trigger asthmatic attack due to physical exertion. This happens because when you run or work out, then breathing becomes faster. This lets a lot of cold air enter your lungs in comparison to normal breath that is made warm by your nose.

Hormonal imbalance:
Anytime you are experiencing hormonal ups and downs, asthma flare up can get triggered. For women menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause can trigger asthma in some cases. This is not very common though.

Foods:
Kapha aggravating foods can also trigger an asthmatic attack. Avoid rice, curd, high salt, sugar, lentils, strong tea, alcohol, pickles, sauces, processed foods to lower the risk of asthma flare up. Processed foods contain preservatives like sulphite foods that may trigger asthma.
Find out the reasons that cause your asthma flare up. Keep yourself active despite asthma by avoiding these triggering factors.
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My daughter 1.5 year having vomiting after feeding milk. Also mother having pregnancy now. Is that reason baby having wamiting? please let me know what to do ?

PGD-AP, MD, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
My daughter 1.5 year having vomiting after feeding milk. Also mother having pregnancy now. Is that reason baby having...
Decrease milk intake. Keep her hungry. Semisolids should be given 3 times a day. No connection with mom pregnancy.
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Betnasol injection given me on 1/8/15 - 12mg & 2/8/15 - 12mg. My Dr. fixed my delivery (Not Normal) date on 14/08/15. My question is" The lungs of my baby will be mature?"

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Betnasol injection given me on 1/8/15 - 12mg  & 2/8/15 - 12mg.  My Dr. fixed my delivery (Not Normal) date on 14/08/1...
Injections are to make lungs more mature in those who are going to deliver prematurely. However final answer can not be given as I don't know your due date.
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This is for my daughter who is 1 month old. She was born 2.5 kg. Her weight hasn't increased much since then. She drinks Nan Excella Pro and does not feed on breast milk at all. I am concerned about her weight. What should I do?

M.D.( Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician,
This is for my daughter who is 1 month old. She was born 2.5 kg. Her weight hasn't increased much since then. She dri...
Best way is to feed exclusively on breast for six months. But when not possible, such a situation arises and is related to feeding difficulties faced by mothers. The concentration of the milk has to be proper. One level spoon per 30 ml. Quantity fed has to be adequate about 100 ml per kg. This needs to be supervised properly by the treating pediatrician by way of regular follow up clinical examinations. If still child has fails to gain weight, then failure to thrive needs further clinical and diagnostic evaluation.
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Hi my one years daughter from last 4 days she not eat milk even my wife try to feed red cow milk it is packet milk but last 4 days she not take and she is only eating little bit fruits not much we really fear abt her .she is doing daily activity what she does before like playing walking everything but not eat milk or any food even any sweets .what we will do please suggest us.

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hi my one years daughter from last 4 days she not eat milk even my wife try to feed red cow milk it is packet milk bu...
Hello, For a mean time discontinue giving her milk in direct form,other milk products and varieties can be offered,kids usually get bored easily to maintain a standardised diet.
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Hello doctor. I have one baby girl age only 70 days ; she suffering urinary infection what will do any remedy from your side.

M.D.( Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician,
Hello doctor. I have one baby girl age only 70 days ; she suffering urinary infection what will do any remedy from yo...
Get urine culture done and accordingly give full course of antibiotic. If male child, get usg abdomen done to see any congenital anomaly of urinary tract, as it is not common to have uti in males.
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