In order to spread awareness about orthopaedic disabilities among children, KEM hospital, Pune will be holding a health camp on December 12. The doctors at KEM said that if detected early, problems like club foot can be completely cured.
Dr Sameer Desai, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at KEM hospital said that the early detection can help families, and such camps aid in early detection of the condition and also spreading awareness.
“We will be holding a free check-up and treatment for children from an underprivileged background. The camp aims to spread awareness among the families. Club food is a type of orthopaedic disability. However, if detected early, it is 100 per cent curable. Every two to three child per 1000 can be seen with this deformity. The treatment can start after eight days of birth. The sooner the treatment starts the easier it is to treat. If done later, the treatment gets complicated,” said Desai. He underlined the need for awareness on same.
The camp also aims to treat other problems like cerebral palsy, bow legs, knock knees, cubitus varus and joined fingers and other deformities of hand. The doctors said that they can be treated to a certain limits and if the treatment is early, it is often more effective.
Desai said the parents should always consult with the doctor. They should know that the early symptoms are often in the form of developmental delays. But if the baby is premature or has low birth weight, the parents should always follow up with regular consulting with doctors to ensure that the baby is grows up normally.
Doctors also mentioned about the vital role of vitamin D plays in the health of children. They advised that children should be exposed to sunlight in the morning and evening. As a lack of vitamin D leads to calcium deficiency.