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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. 

The most common children's ENT conditions seen in my practice, and I believe in most ENT practices in Singapore, include: Impacted earwax Ear infections Nose allergies Nosebleeds Sinus and adenoid infections Frequent tonsil infections Snoring and obstructive ...
8 Jan 2020
The common causes of nasal obstruction in children seen in my practice include: Rhinitis - This refers to inflammation of the nasal cavity and can be allergic (e.g due to common house dust mites, cat/dog fur, pollens and mold) or non-allergic (e.g. due to a change in weathe...
8 Jan 2020
Thank you for your question. Snoring occurs due to vibrations along the walls of a partially obstructed upper airway during sleep. While it is not uncommon for a child to snore during a cold/flu or after a long tiring day, there are some accompanying symptoms and signs that may suggest the presenc...
8 Jan 2020
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex condition characterised by core deficits in three areas of development: language, social interaction and behaviour (stereotypies and/or restricted and unusual patterns of interests). Evidence suggests a high prevalence of psychiatric condi...
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Many psychiatrists use the criteria spelt out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) . It is a guide created by the American Psychiatric Association used to diagnose mental disorders. According to this guide, people with ASD have: Difficulty with...
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Tourette syndrome is a problem with the nervous system that causes people to make sudden movements or sounds - known as tics - that they cannot control (involuntary movements). For example, someone with Tourette's may blink or clear their throat repeatedly. Some people may blu...
17 Oct 2019
Thank you for your enquiry. Nosebleed (medically known as "epistaxis") is one of the most common ENT conditions seen in my practice. It is especially common in children because at this stage, the blood vessels in the front part of the nose tend to be more prominent and expo...
19 Jul 2019
There must be a specific reason your child was prescribed prednisone for the cough so it’s not possible to discuss alternatives without knowing the diagnosis and best discussed with the doctor who saw your child . One reason could be for Croup.
18 Jul 2019
There are many reasons that can trigger an eczema flare. Common triggers include: 1. Contact with irritants e.g. harsh soaps, detergents 2. Skin infection. Staph aureus infections can aggravate eczema 3. Persistent scratching 4. Environment. Dry, hot and sweaty conditions can aggravate eczema. ...
20 Jul 2019
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a medical condition in which the patient suffers from repeated episodes of upper airway collapse (which means the patient literally "stops breathing" for a short period of time) during sleep. Although mostly similar, there are some differences betw...
14 Jul 2019
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