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Children’s Health

Children are not simply "little adults". Children's health involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents.

The smaller body of an infant is substantially different physiologically from that of an adult. The clinician must take into account the immature physiology of the infant or child when considering symptoms, prescribing medications, and diagnosing illnesses.

My child has a fever. Should I call the doctor? 

It is a natural instinct for parents to panic when they realise that their child has a fever. However, sometimes a fever is good for your child as it is the body's attempt to better combat the bugs at a higher temperature. Nevertheless, children who are less than 3 months old with a fever should definitely be taken to the doctor or if their temperature is above 40 degree celcius. 

When should vaccinations be given to children?

Routine vaccinations should begin when a baby is 8 weeks old. If it is administered before the recommended age, the natural immunity may hinder the vaccine from working to its full potential. While no vaccine can guarantee 100% effectiveness, it still provides a very good defense against many diseases. 

For babies that are born prematurely, it is still imperative that they are given vaccines when they are 8 weeks old as they are more susceptible to infections. 

What food should I feed my children?

Children should usually be breastfed exclusively for 6 months, and then gradually introduced to whole food into their diet, while continuing to breastfeed for 2 years or so. Avoid feeding children fatty food, ice cream, spicy food or sweetened cereals. 

An ulcerated haemangioma over the diaper area can be challenging to manage as you have rightly pointed out that this is an area that is prone to friction and trauma. The ulcer can be become infected or even bleed. The ulcer should be cleansed gently and you can use the antibiot...
22 Jul 2018
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 when impacted) ...
17 May 2018
Hi there, Acne in newborns, or neonatal/infantile acne, as it is commonly called, is not considered to be rare. The acne morphology in this condition may include comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), inflamed papules and pustules, nodules, and cysts. The cause of infantile ac...
18 Mar 2019
Hi Xue An, Thank you for your question. From what it seems based on your description at least, I would think that there is no urgent need to extract the shaky tooth at this moment, as it is the baby tooth that is exfoliating naturally. It should not hinder the eruption of the adu...
26 Jan 2018
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...
28 May 2018
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...
12 Jun 2018
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. Common causes of ...
22 Apr 2018
Nosebleeds in children are most often due to prominent blood vessels on the front part of the nasal septum (wall that separates the nose into right and left sides) that have burst. This can be spontaneous or triggered by certain activities such as frequent nose digging or violent ...
29 Jun 2018
It is quite common to notice your toddler covering his or her ears and it is usually nothing to worry much about. The top reason for little kids to do this is because they feel overly stimulated by too much sound or loud noises. Pretty much what we would do too as adults if we ...
18 Aug 2018
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...
12 Feb 2018
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