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What could be the cause of a white patch inside the ear? (photo)

Dear Cottagehut, It is difficult to tell with certainty (based on the picture provided) what the white patch in your son's ear canal is. Common causes of such appearance in the ear canal include: 1. Earwax (this may not cause any symptoms or can cause some ear blockage/itching...
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Is vision therapy effective for treating strabismus in my child?

Thanks for your question! I think your instincts are correct! The evidence still supports patching as directed by your attending Ophthalmologist, and perhaps convergence exercises (aka Pencil push-ups, if there is an element of convergence insufficiency in the intermittent exotropia...
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Are there any symptomatic treatments to help a persistent cough in an 8 year-old?

Dear Marien, Thank you for your question. Cough is a reflex meant to protect your airway from an irritant (e.g. mucous, foreign bodies or virus/bacteria). When persistent, it is usually a symptom of a condition. A cough lasting longer than 8 weeks is called chronic cough. Com...
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Are there any precautions I need to take after my child has recovered from Kawasaki Disease?

Hi Strypie, I’m glad to hear that your child has recovered well. Short answer: The good news is that most children treated for Kawasaki disease recover fully with no long term complications, and will not need further treatment. The earlier he was treated, the be...
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What could be the causes of constant blinking in a 2 year old?

Hi Lydia Frequent blinking in young children is one of the more common reasons for attending eye clinics. The symptom is rather 'non-specific', ie it's difficult to say what causes it without an examination, because there are several possibilities. Sometimes, children may blink because they feel e...
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Can strabismus be corrected with eye patching?

Dear Yingda, Strabismus or squint is a misalignment of the the eyes. The commonest type in our community is what you child has: intermittent exotropia (XT). In general this is a more benign type of squint compared to its opposite which is esotropia. In intermittent XT usual...
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What should I do if my 5 year old child’s tooth is growing in an abnormal position at the upper gums? (photos)

Dear Mara, Thank you for your enquiry. I would recommend taking an X-Ray to check on a few matters: 1) If your son has all his permanent teeth and to assess their stage of development. The upper front teeth usually erupt around 7 years of age. Early removal of the baby teet...
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Will hormone injections be able to help me grow taller?

Dear Tiffany, Thank you for your question. With regards to height, we first have to know the height of both your parents and use that to calculate your mid-parental height and from there determine your genetic height potential. Another useful thing to look at will be your ...
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Is it compulsory for a doctor to tell you the side effects of prescribed medications in Singapore?

Dear JieChun, Thank you for your interesting question. There are many sources of information about medication side effects: 1. The prescriber 2. The information leaflet with the medication 3. The internet 4. Word of mouth Often, most prescribers will infor...
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What could be the cause of multiple small white bumps on the arms and chest? (photos)

Dear Ray, Thank you for the question. It does seem that these lumps arise from deeper in the skin. The doctor will have to examine and palpate/feel the bumps for a proper assessment. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. I do think that you...
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Are there any considerations when buying baby laundry and cleaning products for the safety of my baby?

Dear Vicki, Thank you for the question. It is important to choose the correct laundry detergent for your child, especially if he or she has eczema or sensitive skin. Choose detergents that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic as these reduce the tendency to irritate the skin...
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When is surgery required for strabismus?

Hi Yingda I saw in another of your questions that you are referring to intermittent exotropia (intermittent XT), where the child's eyes sometimes are straight and at other times turn outwards. This is perhaps one of the most common squints that we see in Singapore. There ar...
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Can my 4 year old child take Ibuprofen for sore throat if he doesn’t have a fever?

Thank you Grace for your question. Yes the ibuprofen can still be continued to help with the throat pain. Children are so lovely, when they are not sick. But when they are sick with throat pain, there just doesn't seem to be a good way to completely treat it. You could try the...
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What should I look out for in my child who is recovering from Kawasaki Disease?

Dear Sharon, thanks for your question - it's quite a common concern amongst parents with children who are recovering from Kawasaki Disease! There has been a very similar question about precautions after Kawasaki Disease that has been answered over here, including advice on contac...
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What should I do about a child's permanent tooth that's growing in the incorrect position? (photo)

Dear Bladers, if the other half of the decayed tooth is still in the gums it is better to get it extracted. Permanent teeth can sometimes improve its position on its own providing there are no blockages. The best thing is to get an xray done to check that there are no blockage...
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What could be the cause of persistent scalp itchiness in a toddler?

Dear Lyn, Thank you for the question. One of the commonest cause of itchy scalp is a form of eczema known as seborrhoeic eczema. The scalp can be red and sometime flaky and this often associated with scalp itch. This can be treated with a mild shampoo and a very mild steroid cr...
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Are there any side effects to taking antihistamines for rashes over a long period of time?

Dear Rosiah, It does sound like your son may have hives or urticaria and has been prescribed with telfast. Telfast is a second generation antihistamine which is a non-drowsy antihistamine as it does not cross the blood brain barrier. While there are not many studies on th...
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Do I need to bring my toddler to see a doctor if she is on formula milk and has not pooped for 3 days?

Dear Shereen, Welcome to our QnA! Unfortunately, you didn’t mention the age of your toddler/infant. This makes it difficult to provide more tailored information, as the “normal amount of time” between each bowel movement depends upon: How old they are W...
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What should I do if my child's lower milk teeth is growing in front of the upper milk teeth?

Hi Magdalene, Lower teeth growing in front of the upper teeth is a common sight that we see. It is a form of malocclusion, meaning the teeth are biting improperly. This is also commonly known as underbite. Underbite can be due to 1. Skeletal discrepancy, meaning the lower...
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THE ORTHODONTIST'S COMPLETE PICTURE GUIDE TO BRACES FOR CHILDREN

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When should my child put on braces?

What does my child need braces for?

Is there anything that can be done to prevent my child from needing braces?

I often receive these questions from concerned parents. In this guide, I answer all your most common questions about braces in children.

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THE ORTHODONTIST'S COMPLETE PICTURE GUIDE TO BRACES FOR CHILDREN

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When should my child put on braces?

What does my child need braces for?

Is there anything that can be done to prevent my child from needing braces?

I often receive these questions from concerned parents. In this guide, I answer all your most common questions about braces in children.

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7 COMMONLY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS IN SINGAPORE YOU SHOULDN'T BE GIVING YOUR KIDS

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN'T GIVE YOUR CHILD A SMARTPHONE

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With 7 out of 10 children in Singapore owning one, smartphones seem to be the new-age pacifiers. This is why it might not be the best idea!

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8 MEDICATIONS FOR KIDS THAT WILL SAVE YOU A DRIVE TO KKH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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Maybe you've got no clue what you can give your baby to avoid yet another drive to KKH in the middle of the night. Or maybe your toddler somehow ALWAYS contrives to fall sick on holiday, and you were wondering what medications to pack.

This is a follow up to our previous post about medications you shouldn't be giving your kids. Naturally, it left a lot of our readers scratching their heads, and wondering what the alternatives were.

Fret not, we've compiled the most comprehensive list of kid-safe medications available in Singapore. These medications have a long history of use, and are known amongst doctors to be very safe (I give them to my own kids).

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YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL VISIT IN SINGAPORE

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As a dentist in a child-centered clinic, I often get asked by friends and family about what to expect at their child's first dental visit. Below is a list of most important Dos and Don'ts that every parent needs to know about:

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ARE YOU OVERDOSING YOUR CHILD? 5 MUST-KNOWS WHEN FEEDING JUNIOR MEDICATION

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For all mothers and fathers out there, it’s no doubt distressing when your child falls ill. Your main concern might be to combat the illness, and then get him back to school (and out of your hair).

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What could be the cause of a white patch inside the ear? (photo)

Dear Cottagehut, It is difficult to tell with certainty (based on the picture provided) what the white patch in your son's ear canal is. Common causes of such appearance in the ear canal include: 1. Earwax (this may not cause any symptoms or can cause some ear blockage/itching...
1 Doctor Answer
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Is vision therapy effective for treating strabismus in my child?

Thanks for your question! I think your instincts are correct! The evidence still supports patching as directed by your attending Ophthalmologist, and perhaps convergence exercises (aka Pencil push-ups, if there is an element of convergence insufficiency in the intermittent exotropia...
1 Doctor Answer
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Are there any symptomatic treatments to help a persistent cough in an 8 year-old?

Dear Marien, Thank you for your question. Cough is a reflex meant to protect your airway from an irritant (e.g. mucous, foreign bodies or virus/bacteria). When persistent, it is usually a symptom of a condition. A cough lasting longer than 8 weeks is called chronic cough. Com...
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Are there any precautions I need to take after my child has recovered from Kawasaki Disease?

Hi Strypie, I’m glad to hear that your child has recovered well. Short answer: The good news is that most children treated for Kawasaki disease recover fully with no long term complications, and will not need further treatment. The earlier he was treated, the be...
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What could be the causes of constant blinking in a 2 year old?

Hi Lydia Frequent blinking in young children is one of the more common reasons for attending eye clinics. The symptom is rather 'non-specific', ie it's difficult to say what causes it without an examination, because there are several possibilities. Sometimes, children may blink because they feel e...
1 Doctor Answer
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Can strabismus be corrected with eye patching?

Dear Yingda, Strabismus or squint is a misalignment of the the eyes. The commonest type in our community is what you child has: intermittent exotropia (XT). In general this is a more benign type of squint compared to its opposite which is esotropia. In intermittent XT usual...
1 Doctor Answer
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What should I do if my 5 year old child’s tooth is growing in an abnormal position at the upper gums? (photos)

Dear Mara, Thank you for your enquiry. I would recommend taking an X-Ray to check on a few matters: 1) If your son has all his permanent teeth and to assess their stage of development. The upper front teeth usually erupt around 7 years of age. Early removal of the baby teet...
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Will hormone injections be able to help me grow taller?

Dear Tiffany, Thank you for your question. With regards to height, we first have to know the height of both your parents and use that to calculate your mid-parental height and from there determine your genetic height potential. Another useful thing to look at will be your ...
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Is it compulsory for a doctor to tell you the side effects of prescribed medications in Singapore?

Dear JieChun, Thank you for your interesting question. There are many sources of information about medication side effects: 1. The prescriber 2. The information leaflet with the medication 3. The internet 4. Word of mouth Often, most prescribers will infor...
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What could be the cause of multiple small white bumps on the arms and chest? (photos)

Dear Ray, Thank you for the question. It does seem that these lumps arise from deeper in the skin. The doctor will have to examine and palpate/feel the bumps for a proper assessment. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. I do think that you...
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