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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. 

Thank you for your enquiry. The most common cause of stuffy nose in toddlers (age 12-36 months) seen in my practice is "sensitive nose" (medically known as Rhinitis). Rhinitis can be Allergic (triggered by a protein known as Allergen, for e.g. dust mites, pollens, cat & dog fur ...
24 May 2019
Hi there! I can truly empathize with this struggle, being a father of 2 toddlers. I normally do advise parents that inculcating the habit of brushing starts as early as when they are a newborn. Introducing them a towel or a gauze to clean the bony ridges daily even before the ...
9 May 2019
Such behaviours do decrease with age for most children. You can best help him by bringing him to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for assessment and appropriate treatment. Perseveration is a symptom. We need to identify the underlying disorder. By treating the underlying illness, ...
6 May 2019
Perseveration is what happens when a child is "stuck" with a particular idea or action. The best treatment is via a combination of judicious medication (such as serotoninergic antidepressants, antipsychotics) and psychotherapy. Some tips that may be useful for you: i) Talking abo...
6 May 2019
As soon as the diagnosis is confirmed please make an appointment to see the Paediatric surgeon who will then assign a date for the surgery . Usually it’s done between 9 months to a year . So before that - there is hope that the testes will descend spontaneously .
6 May 2019
Toddlers may sometimes vomit small amounts after feeds and while being burped. The most common causes of vomiting in toddlers and patients in a paediatric age group include acute gastroenteritis, which is the inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and gastroesophageal reflux di...
29 Apr 2019
It depends on several facts: 1) Is the baby premature? 2) Is the baby sick with other medical conditions 3) Does the baby have G6 PD deficiency? 4) Is the baby on breast milk, formula, or a mix? 5) How many days old is the baby? 6) Does the baby have a blood group incompatibility...
28 Apr 2019
You probably already have quite a bit of experience with this condition if your 7 month old daughter had cataract surgery when she was 2 months old. There are many permutations and combinations, but the scenario in your particular case is that of cataract in one eye in a child. In this scenario, i...
25 Feb 2019
Hi, Your daughter looks like she has severe gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) so it would be most advisable for her to go visit a dentist who is experienced in seeing children. Hope this helps.
7 Apr 2019
It is always worrying for parents when the permanent teeth start to erupt and appear to be crooked. Yes you are correct to be worried about milk teeth which are not shaky at this stage. This can be due to the permanent teeth not erupting immediately below the milk teeth and in very ...
19 Dec 2018
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