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Dr. Atul Devkar


Pediatrician, Mumbai

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My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to directly improve the health and wellbeing of my patients and to develop professional and personal relationships with them....more
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Dr. Atul Devkar is a renowned Pediatrician in Vile Parle West, Mumbai. He is a qualified MBBS . You can visit him at Balabhai Nanavathi Hospital in Vile Parle West, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Atul Devkar and consult privately on

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Healthy Habits Every Mother Should Teach Her Kids!

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Delhi

It’s not always easy to encourage your children to eat a balanced diet.

Eating breakfast, even if it’s just a banana and a glass of milk, kick-starts the body and makes it easier to maintain lasting energy throughout the day.

It’s easy to reach for chips or biscuits when you and your children feel like nibbling on something, but these snacks tend to be low in nutrients and high in calories.

Make water the drink of choice at meal times, and keep juice and sweet drinks as occasional treats.

You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry.

While juice has valuable nutrients and gives a concentrated energy boost for active, growing bodies, kids should go for water first when they are thirsty, not sugar-sweetened drinks.

Kids should start eating Better not everything they get.

  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast.

  • Let kids help plan one meal each week and eat together as often as possible.

  • Eat slowly.

  • Eat more vegetables and fresh fruits.

  • Eat more whole grains (e.g., oats, brown rice, rye, crackers, whole-wheat pasta).

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Serve a variety of foods.

Be a role model and eat healthy yourself.

When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.

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Dr. 2 month old baby was on similar for a month as mother did not produced sufficient milk and had flat nipple problem also, now for 2,3 days some blood in stool Dr. said to stop similar and dairy for mother also stopped, much worried, will this allergy for cow milk will be cured later?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
It is completely curable . Allergy is due to lactose in milk and enzymes neutralising it like Nolac can be added to milk for feeding the baby
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How to prepare daily food chart to the children's aged 4yrs. To equal proteins. minerals. In the children body.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Mealfoodguidelines breakfastcereal with berries: cold whole grain cereal (1 cup if flakes or rounds, 1 1/4 cup if puffed), 1/4 cup berries, 1/2 cup skim milk or calcium fortified unsweetened coconut or organic soy milk*1 ounce grains1/4 cup fruit1/2 cup dairy* snackpb and banana: 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter1/2 cup fruit1 ounce protein lunchturkey and cheese quesadilla: 1 ounce nitrate free sliced turkey breast, 1 slice cheddar cheese*, 2 small whole wheat tortillas (6 inch diameter), 1/4 cup chopped tomatoescarrots sticks and dip: 1/2 cup carrot sticks, and low fat ranch dip2 ounce grains1 ounce protein foods3/4 cup vegetables1/2 cup dairy snackpears and yogurt: 3/4 cup plain low-fat or non-fat yogurt* with 1/4 cup pears (chopped or pureed) with 1-2 teaspoons of flax meal or a few chopped walnuts or almonds (if your child does not have a nut allergy) 3/4 cup dairy1/4 cup fruit dinnerteriyaki salmon stir fry: 1 ounce salmon, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, 1/4 cup broccoli, 1/4 cup zucchini, 1/4 cup red bell pepper3/4 cup milk*1 ounce grains1 ounce protein foods3/4 cup vegetables3/4 cup dairy * use lowfat or nonfat milk or yogurt, and low-fat or reduced fat cheese recommendations from choose my plate for a 4 year old requiring 1200 calories: grains: 4 ounces, vegetables: 1 1/2 cups, fruit: 1 cup, dairy: 2 1/2 cups, protein foods: 3 ounces.
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My baby is 20 days old. Previously after birth Doctors advised for GB paint, a blue coloured medicine which was beneficial for emblical cord. Now a days Doctors adviced for Betadine lotion. My query is, after 20 days emblical cord of my baby has not cured with betadine lotion and pus is coming out. Please suggest me what to do?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
It may not be umblical cord which falls in about 10 days. It must be umblical stump which may ooze serous. Leave stump as such keep it open and clean. Take care scab formed over it, is not removed.
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My baby is under weight. He is 3.5 month but looks like 2 month. He is very thin. His weight is 3.8 kg.his birth weight is 3 kg. He is breastfeeding baby. What is take him for health growth & how much?

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Lybrate user, weight of your baby should be 5 kg (approx) with 5.80 cm height. To begine homoeo medication the under noted points should be clarified:•it seems you are unable to produce sufficient quantity of milk, your baby needs ,if it is so, go for formula milk to maintain her weight, please.•or your baby refuses feeding owing to loss of appetite, ascertain it, please. Tk care.
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My 3 year old is sick with a temperature of 100 degrees she can not keep anything down including liquids. What should I do?

If fever is more than 100.4 degree then use paracetamol to subside the fever it will take another 5 to 7 days for the fever to subside try to give coconut water.
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Bronchial asthma- Disorder causes the airways of lungs,to swell,and narrowing leading to whizz, are shortness of breath, chest stiffness and coughing and sounds in chest-- proper diet yoga, good life style and good food, regular in take of medication can prevent asthma attack.
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I had gestation diabetes during pregnancy. Can I use lactonic granules to increase breast milk supply?

MD in Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
If the blood sugar values r normal post delivery can use these granules. Also should keep monitoring your blood sugar values.
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Hello Sir/mam My son is 9 months old. He has cold and cough. From back some days he caught by cold and cough many times. What should I do? Will it cure without medicines? One more question is that, is it necessary to give multivitamin or vitamin drops to the child. Which and when. Thanks.

Pediatrician, Ahmedabad
Except vitamin d. There is no need of any vitamin supplements in routine unless your doctor finds a deficiency of any1. Repeated cough cold could be a sign of allergy for which you shall undergo a detail check and it would not recover on it's own. So better to get behind it. Prevention - vaccinate against seasonal flu once the child is beyond 6 months age. Regards.
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Eczema - 5 Homeopathic Remedies For Treating It

B.H.M.S., Post graduate certificate in Nutrition, Obesity and Health
Homeopath, Indore
Eczema - 5 Homeopathic Remedies For Treating It

Eczema is an autoimmune disorder wherein the skin overreacts to certain triggers in or outside the body resulting in inflammation and lesions. Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. The skin becomes dry, patchy and rough, and it tends to form itchy and red blisters. Eczema is usually caused due to inflammation; in most cases, allergy triggers eczema. It has been observed that quite often, patients who suffer from eczema have a family history of allergy. In some cases, patients having other allergies, may also develop eczema. Apart from this, low immunity triggers this disease.


  • Red patches over skin
  • Dry rough skin with blisters
  • Intense itching on skin, with occasional bleeding
  • Formation of a thick leather-like layer over the affected areas of the skin
  • Discharge of an oozing watery and sticky liquid from the affected area, in case of wet eczema (In case of dry eczema, there is no watery discharge; the skin stays rough and dry.)

Treating eczema with homeopathy
Treating eczema might be possible by taking several medications. But treating doesn't mean curing. People who suffer from eczema know how irritating the disorder is. So they want a cure for eczema, which is possible with homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is known for curing eczema, from the root. Basically, homeopathy helps to improve the immune system, as low immunity is responsible for causing allergies. When immunity is built, and low immunity quits from overreacting to several reactions, eczema is cured.

Here are five homeopathic medicines suitable for treating eczema:

  1. Graphites: Graphites is one of the finest homeopathic medicines for treating wet eczema, when there is thick, oozing watery and sticky discharge. In most cases, the patient with this type of eczema suffers from constipation and obesity. He or she might be sensitive towards cold. Their usual skin becomes hard and cold, but the affected area remains dry and rough. The remedy is prescribed mostly to women with menstrual disorders.
  2. Mezereum: This is the suitable for patients with eczema, which tends to form a leathery crust on the head. The patient might feel intense itching especially at night.
  3. Hepar sulphur: This is suitable for eczema with formation of pus. The patient is usually too sensitive to cold. Intense itching, sneezing and sensitivity towards cold are the symptoms, which indicate the need for this medicine.
  4. Dulcamara: This is one of the finest homeopathic medicines for eczema, which aggravates in damp or cold weather. Thick formation of yellowish crust and intense itching are the symptoms, which clearly indicate the need for this remedy.
  5. Sulphur: This one is suitable for eczema with burning sensation along with intense itching. Symptoms usually worsen in summer and the skin feels rough and dry. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a homeopath.
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My 1.5 month old baby has not done potty for the past 7 days though he keeps passing gas and burps normally Anything serious.

Lactation Consultant, Childbirth Educator, MHA, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
If your baby is exclusively breastfed, it doesn't matter if he does not pass stool everyday. Some breastfed babies go without passing stools for a week, but it is perfectly normal provided they are exclusively breastfed.
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Dear doctor I am father of nine years old daughter. From last one or two years we are facing a problem. Some times it happened like when we are sleeping my daughter get up and start moving around in the room or near by it seems like she is sleeping and un consciously making all the moves. I would like you to suggest me some good medicine and suggestion for further treatment. Regards inderjeet thanks doctor.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
This is called somnambulism and you wake her up in walk and there is no medicine needed Medical Treatment for Sleepwalking. If sleepwalking is caused by underlying medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, seizures, periodic leg movements, or restless legs syndrome, sleepwalking episodes should stop once the underlying medical condition is treated.
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My daughter suffering from loose motion and 102fever from last 15days. She is just 10months old. What should I do?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Faridabad
. Ors powder, dissolve in 1lt water, 50-100 ml, given after motion. Syp zinc -5ml once daily for 14 days. Syp crocin - 3.5 ml three times. Syp cefixime _3.5ml twice for 5days.
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My son is 1 years old and his weight is 8.2 kgs. His birth weight was 3.1. He is too much underweight. I am give all solid foods and also high calorie food but still his weight gain is very poor. Though he os very active and also started walking but pls help me as he look like he is 8 month baby due underweight. What can I do to increase his weight.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Aurangabad
Don't worry. Approx a child is thrice his birth wt at the age of one year. Hence his wt should be around 9 kg. He is now around 8 kg. A little difference is acceptable. He is not grossly underweight. Don't worry.
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Health Benefits Of Pickle

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits Of Pickle

Health benefits of pickles

Free radical scavenging from antioxidants: pickles can be good source of antioxidants, especially decalepis hamiltonii or swallow root. As the vegetables or unripe fruits are stored fresh without cooking, the antioxidants present in those vegetables or unripe fruits are preserved as it is. Antioxidants are those micronutrients that help in protecting our body against the attacks of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable chemicals that are produced during cellular metabolism. These unstable chemicals react with our cells and damage our dna to become unstable and in the process, create more and more free radicals. We can protect ourselves from free radical attacks by consuming food with high antioxidants. A lot of emphasis these days is put on antioxidants by dieticians and doctors.

Supply of probiotic or gut-friendly bacteria: probiotic bacteria are those friendly bacteria that are present in our digestive system. These bacteria actually help us in the digestion of food. Sometimes, due to the use of antibiotics, along with invading bacteria, these friendly bacteria are also killed. The fall in their numbers can cause digestive problems that can be solved by eating pickles made without the use of vinegar. Naturally fermented salt pickles encourage the growth of these friendly bacteria, which will replenish the numbers in our digestive system and restore our health.

Supply of essential minerals and vitamins: fresh pickles, dips or chutneys are made from leafy vegetables or herbs such as coriander, curry leaves, spinach, parsley, and amaranth. These fresh pickles are interesting and appetizing ways of making children eat their share of leafy vegetables and herbs, which are otherwise boring for children. Eating freshly made pickles not only tastes good, but they also supply essential vitamins such as vitamin c, a, k, folate and minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium. Vitamins and minerals are vital micronutrients which protect us from diseases, help us build immunity, bone strengthening, vision protection, curing anemia, and various other functions.

Diabetes control: studies have shown that consuming vinegar based pickles improves hemoglobin levels in diabetic patients, which in turn helps in controlling diabetes. The acetic acid present in vinegar has been noted to be responsible for this phenomenon. However, care must be taken to avoid the consumption of salted pickles as excess salt increases blood pressure.

Improves digestion: in india, indian gooseberry or amla (phyllanthus emblica) is one of the favourite fruits that are pickled. This fruit is believed to possess several health benefits according to ayurveda treatments and moreover, since amla is a seasonal fruit, unripe amla pickles are prepared. It is customary practice in some indian families to have amla pickle as the first course or an appetizer as it is believed that amla pickle improves digestion.

Liver protection: apart from benefits such as improved digestion, amla or gooseberry pickle also has hepatoprotective properties. Studies have shown that when amla extracts were administered on lab animals with chemical-induced hepatotoxicity or liver damage, the damage was reduced significantly.

Reduces ulcers: ulcers are internal wounds caused due to a failure of mucus membranes and acid interaction on tissues. Particularly, gastric ulcers are caused by a weakening of mucous membrane and hyperacidity. Regular consumption of amla or indian gooseberry pickles also help in reducing ulcers, if any.

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I am in Bangalore. My daughter (2yrs 10months) has fever since Tuesday morning. She has cough as well.The pediatrician said its a regular flu and prescribed dologel for fever less than 102 and meftal for >102 fever. Earlier the fever came at 4 hrs intervals. Since yesterday morning , her fever came at intervals of around 7-8 hours. Is the line of treatment ok?

MBBS, MD - Paediatrics, DCH
Pediatrician, Bangalore
Dear You are in safe hands.The treatment advised by your Paediatrician is correct. Fever takes time to resolve. Follow the doctor's advice and if you feel you can visit for a follow up review with your doctor. Dr Srinathks
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My son 2 half years old, he is not taking solid food, always he want milk 1y, 3hours gap he want milk(we mixed with health drinks). His weight is 10 kg & height also 94cm 1y. Its correct one or not? What method i have to follow for he will taken solid food. Which type of food have to follow. Please suggest.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Faridabad
If his weight at two and half years is 10 kg and height 94cm then he is thin but long. But only on milk now is not good. Stop bottle and milk all together. Give him soft food to eat or else let him be hungry and nothing in between. You may give him milk based food example kheer,curd,burfi. Basic principal has already been elaboratated earlier. He must be iron deficient, please him some iron supplement example sup hemsi 5ml once a day for hundred days.
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My son heavy cold, running nose, cough. His age 1.9 months. He troubles to inhale via nose. Kindly advice.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Bangalore
Use medicated nasal drops, otrivin pediatric for a few days. Also give steam inhalation using a vaporizer. Visit a pediatrician if this doesn't work.
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