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  4.4  (43 ratings)

Pediatric Clinic

Kasba(opposite kasba police station) RB connector Kolkata
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Our medical care facility offers treatments from the best doctors in the field of Neonatologist, Pediatrician.We will always attempt to answer your questions thoroughly, so that you never......more
Our medical care facility offers treatments from the best doctors in the field of Neonatologist, Pediatrician.We will always attempt to answer your questions thoroughly, so that you never have to worry needlessly, and we will explain complicated things clearly and simply.
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The Health Polyclinic is known for housing experienced Pediatricians. Dr. Nishantadeb Ghatak, a well-reputed Pediatrician, practices in Kolkata. Visit this medical health centre for Pediatricians recommended by 81 patients.

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Kasba(opposite kasba police station) RB connector
Kasba Kolkata, West Bengal - 700039
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Dr. Nishantadeb Ghatak

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician
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4 Years experience
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Worm Infections - Signs You Are Suffering!

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
Worm Infections - Signs You Are Suffering!

Every parent takes that extra precaution to ensure that their child is protected. From giving only boiled and/or bottled water to multiple rounds of washing fruits and vegetables, everything is done. Despite these, when the child begins to complain of stomach ache, there is fear of a worm infection.

Types
While there are many worm infections, the four most common ones that affect children are threadworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms (named after their shapes).

Causes
Worm infections are a reality, and a child can get a worm infection by one of the following routes.

  1. By eating unclean/undercooked/infected food: There could be eggs of these worms on vegetables and fruits, and if not washed thoroughly, chances of infection are high. Also, if seafood such as fish are infected with these, improper cooking of these can lead to infections.
  2. Walking barefoot on infected soil: This is the most common way to get worm infections, when children walk barefoot in damp soil.
  3. Drinking contaminated water: Some worms breed in water bodies like lakes and puddles. Playing in these areas or eating with hands contaminated in these areas can lead to infection.
  4. Contact with infected person: Either through unclean hands or fingernails contact of an infected person, the worm infection can reach the child.

Whatever the source, once these worms enter the body, they multiply and continue to grow in the child.

Symptoms
While an upset stomach is the most common symptom, the child also could be irritable. Other symptoms that are commonly seen in children are as below.

  1. Refusal to eat, both due the stomach pain and the loss of appetite
  2. Weight loss, due to reduced food intake. Additionally, the worms consume a large portion of the consumed food, reducing what is available for the child
  3. Anemia, which is especially true with hookworms
  4. Nausea
  5. Bloody stools
  6. Dehydration
  7. Itching around the anus, from where the worms could have entered the body
  8. Skin rashes or urticarial
  9. Sleep disturbances, due to the above symptoms
  10. Frequent urination
  11. Susceptibility to infections, as anemia sets in and immunity is affected
  12. Worm testing

Stool testing including cotton swab testing and sticky tape testing are done to confirm the presence of worms.

Treatment
The good news is that treating worm infections is quite easy and simple. A course of anti-parasitic or anti-worm medicine is often used to get rid of the worms and takes about a week to clear.

Prevention

  1. Deworming is done quite commonly, though it is preferably done under medical supervision.
  2. Hygiene practices with respect to cleaning hands, toys, potty practices, bathing, bedding, clean drinking water, etc., can go a long way in prevention of worms.
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Depression in Children - Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
Depression in Children - Symptoms, Causes And Treatment

Depression in children is not a very uncommon phenomenon. But if the feeling of sadness persists over a period of time with little or no change to their behavior, then it can be seen as a symptom of depression. Children who are suffering from depression need immediate and utmost care as negligence may cause severe long term effects on the child. Read on to find more about them.

Symptoms:
Symptoms that indicate childhood depression vary. Some of the different symptoms which indicate depression are:

  1. Social withdrawal
  2. Irritability
  3. Feeling of worthlessness
  4. Difficulty in concentrating
  5. Reduced ability to function during events
  6. Continuous feelings of sadness
  7. Physical complaints

Causes:

  1. Depression in children can be caused due to the combination of a multitude of reasons.
  2. Children from a family history of depression are more likely to be suffering from depression. â€‹Similarly, if the parents suffer from depression then it is more than likely that the child will also suffer from depression.
  3. Children from conflicted families or children and teens who are prone to substance or alcohol abuse can suffer from depression.
  4. Reasons such as physical health, environment, genetic vulnerability or biochemical disturbance can lead to depression.

Treatment:
The treatment process of depression in children is similar to that of adults and can be treated with psychotherapy and medication. If your child is depressed consult a general physician who after his or her diagnosis may refer you to a psychiatrist. The medical specialist will recommend psychotherapy.

In some instances, a child suffering from depression maybe be suicidal. Parents are advised to be vigilant and observe certain behavioral changes that the child may have adapted to or suddenly switched to.
Some of the signs are mentioned below:

  1. Changes in eating, sleeping or activities
  2. Isolating oneself even from family
  3. Talking of suicide, feeling helpless or hopeless
  4. Increased risk taking behavior
  5. Substance abuse
  6. Giving away possessions

Sessions at first and then opt for antidepressant medication if no significant progress is seen. The best results often result from a combination of prescribed medication along with multiple sessions of psychotherapy.

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I have a one year old baby girl at home recently I have bought two cats of Turkish angora breed I want to know if they cause problems like asthma or any other problem because the cats looses too much hair and it could be seen everywhere in the house even on the kitchen utensils. Are these cats not good for the baby or can I keep them, the baby finds them very amusing and plays with them even touch them very often.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
I have a one year old baby girl at home recently I have bought two cats of Turkish angora breed I want to know if the...
This is not only unhealthy for your baby by but its harmful for you too. If she is not allergic to far ,may not develop asthma but if those hairs enter into abdomen regularly can have bad impact.
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Childhood Asthma - 8 Signs To Look For!

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
Childhood Asthma - 8 Signs To Look For!

The term asthma and bronchial asthma are often used interchangeably. Bronchial asthma refers to the chronic inflamation of the airways either due to some internal or environmental allergen. This leads to the narrowing of airways, which makes breathing difficult and blocks air from entering the lungs. Children are most affected by this condition as the immune system is still in the process of maturity and often grows out of it as they age. However, if not treated, this can lead to many complications like respiratory failure and can prove to be fatal. Asthma cases often spike in winter months and in the flowering season. It can also be triggered by second hand or passive smoke, stress, sudden unaccustomed physical exercise, food additives, dust, house mites, perfumes, certain drugs and many other allergens. A family history of asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other allergic conditions can also increase a child’s risk of suffering from this condition.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of bronchial asthma include:

1. Wheezing 
2. Shortness of breath 
3. Excessive coughing that worsens at night 
4. Tightness of the chest 
5. Lowered energy levels 
6. Rapid breathing 
7. Tiredness 
8. Indrawing of chest and lower neck

These symptoms often worsen after exercising. Lung function test and Chest X-ray are often used to confirm a diagnosis of bronchial asthma. Once diagnosis is being confirmed, it should be categorized as per severity. Your doctor may prescribe medication in the form of pills and inhalants as per the category of disease. It is important to note that these cannot cure asthma, but can help manage it. Inhalers deliver low doses of steroids directly to the lungs to reduce inflammation and other inhaled medication like Beta 2 agonist will open the airway by relaxing the muscles of airway. Children suffering from asthma must be taught how to use the inhalers and should always have it with them. In the case of school going children, their teachers should also be informed about the condition. Parents should also know how to keep it, use it and clean the device in a proper and hygienic way.

In very small kids those inhalational medication can be given by face mask and spacer, but as the age grows or in case of elder children above 6 years of age, they can directly take the medication from spacer. Those children who are already on inhalers, but still face asthma attack , for them nebuliser is the better choice to manage the emergency. It will make the liquid medicine into mist and enters into the air passage easily and work promptly.

In addition, certain lifestyle changes can also help reduce the frequency of asthmatic attacks. Avoid going outdoors on windy days or days when air pollutant level is high. Reduce the child’s exposure to allergens like pet hair, dander and dust by dusting and vacuuming on a weekly basis. Avoid the use of humidifiers inside your house as moist air can promote the infestation of dust mites. Try to keep the child in a room with adequate air and sunlight. Take plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits, which contain lots of vitamins and minerals. If possible get your child to wear cover his or her nose and mouth while in outdoors. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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My daughter is 40 days old. She is not sleeping properly. She sleeps for hardly half n hr n then wakes up crying. She keeps on putting pressure downwards even while sleeping. She's passing urine n stools properly. She's also throwing milk our of her mouth even after burping. Kindly suggest what to do?

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
My daughter is 40 days old. She is  not sleeping properly. She sleeps for hardly half n hr n then wakes up crying. Sh...
Hi I guess her sleep is interrupted during night only. You just check whether her nostrils are blocked or not, passing urine or stool and become wet or not, because these are the common cause of discomfort during sleep. Regarding pressure this is normal if she is on exclusive breast feeding. Regurgitation of feed 2-3 times a day is normal. Proper burping can reduce the freguency of regurgitation.
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My sons weight is 8 kg and he is 10 month old. He is having food 3 times daily and feeding milk. But not taking external milk. His weight is ok or not? For external milk I can use flavoured like born vita.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
My sons weight is 8 kg and he is 10 month old. He is having food 3 times daily and feeding milk. But not taking exter...
Yes,weight of your baby is normal.Try to give 3 times complementory feeding along with breast milk.Try to avoid those type of milk with artificial colour and flavour.If you want to give its better to give some formula milk for infant of some standard company as per age
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If rota virus and pcv vaccination of 1.5 month was missed on due date than how many days we can have this.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
If rota virus and pcv vaccination of 1.5 month was missed on due date than how many days we can have this.
It is always recomended to give the vaccines in time. If somehow it is missed it can be given upto 14 weeks of age and PCV you can give upto 5 yrs. But as early as you give it will protect your child more from those diseases.
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My baby is 20 days old after feeding her she do not burp what shall I do. I use to tap her bck also still she do not what shall I do becoz she feels vry uncmfrtbl.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
My baby is 20 days old after feeding her she do not burp what shall I do. I use to tap her bck also still she do not ...
If she do not burp, keep her erect for 15-20 mints. After that keep her in bed in one side and elevated head end.
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Is it necessary to vaccinate my baby (16 month old) with MMR and PCV booster injection? IMA vaccination card does not mention these vaccinations but their staff says that these vaccinations are private and mandatory. Although I have vaccinated my baby with Varicella and hepatitis A vaccines in private clinics which are not mentioned in IMA vaccination card. So please guide me about these MMR and PCV booster vaccines about their necessities.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
Is it necessary to vaccinate my baby (16 month old) with MMR and PCV booster injection? IMA vaccination card does not...
Actally this schedule is made by IAP(Indian Academy of Pediatrics).Yes as per this schedule you should give MMR2 and PCV booster at 15 month of age.Always it is better to use available vaccines to protect your child from a particular disease.
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Sir my baby is vomiting after 15 0r 20 days. After feeding or not he vomiting. Vocational is not greenish. I hope he is suffer some gas or acidity problem. His urine is clear bt his stool is not clear. 2 or 3 day after. He is conceptions problem. I give him cows milk. He is not growing properly. He is very much tin. His weight is 4 kg in 3 month. .he is bottle feed because he could not take sufficient breast milk. After delivery I have suffered some major problem. I need to your advice. Please advising me soon please sir.

MBBS,MD(PGI,Chandigarh)
Pediatrician, Kolkata
Sir my baby is vomiting after 15 0r 20 days. After feeding or not he vomiting. Vocational is not greenish. I hope he ...
Ms. lybrate-user If your baby is just 4 Kg at 3 month of age with normal birth wight, its definitely abnormal and he is suffering from malneutrition. Probable reason behind that is faulty feeding. Firstly stop cow milk immediately and start standard formula milk in proper dilution. Continue breast sucking. It can enhance milk output. Stop bottle and use spoon and kotori with proper hygiene. Burp after each feed properly. Do not let your child malnourished, its developing phase for brain also.
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