Five early symptoms of pneumonia parents must watch out for

Dr Jesal Sheth, a senior consultant, paediatric and neonatal Intensivist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares various symptoms an infant might display if he/she is infected with pneumonia and ways to prevent it

Five early symptoms of pneumonia parents must watch out forFor new parents, it is often difficult to comprehend and manage the health concerns their newborns. There are two factors to help deal with the illnesses in the infants; first is to understand the problem through knowledge, and the second is to stay calm and composed during the ordeal. While it is difficult to understand […]

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6

If you are a parent, you've likely been up at night with a coughing child or one that's just plain sick. In an effort to help your child breath and feel better, you may have reached for over the counter cough and cold remedies. Doctors say these remedies rarely relieve the symptoms of a cold and can have dangerous side effects in children

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6Recent research in the BMJ found that certain cold remedies may not help young kids with nasal symptoms and could even cause harm. A paediatrician stated that parents shouldn’t give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to kids under six years old. Instead, remedies like rest and hydration can help soothe symptoms while a cold runs […]

Probiotics do not ease stomach flu, reveals study

Treatment with probiotics did not speed recovery from gastroenteritis in children. Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tracts, are widely used to treat gastroenteritis or ‘stomach flu, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines usually caused by a virus or bacterium. But a randomised clinical trial has found that the treatment is ineffective

Probiotics do not ease stomach flu, reveals studyResearchers studied 971 children 3 months to 4 years old who arrived in emergency rooms with the typical symptoms of gastroenteritis – nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhoea and dehydration, stomach pain and cramps. They were randomly assigned to a five-day course of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a commonly studied probiotic, or a placebo. The researchers tracked the duration […]

Miraculous survival from a fatal accident, 4-year-old gets a new lease of life after 4 surgeries

The accident had left the tiny tot with a deformed cranial structure. According to the doctors who were treating her, there was practically no medical solution available in India to manage this deformity and the little had no option but to live with it for life

Miraculous survival from a fatal accident, 4-year-old gets a new lease of life after 4 surgeriesA fatal road accident, severe head injuries and massive trauma, such was the ordeal of little Suhani (name changed) and her family over last 6 months. The 4-year-old had a miraculous survival after a fatal road accident in December 2017. Recently, Customised Cranial Implant (CCI) that could be used to reconstruct the cranial cavities or […]

Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals study

Mothers have long been told that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to feeding newborn babies, but a small experiment suggests at least some of the benefits may have nothing to do with the milk itself

Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals studyPaediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. While there’s plenty of research documenting these benefits, less is known about exactly how breastfeeding might cause […]

Hand foot mouth disease on the rise in children across Maharashtra

It’s a great irony that hand foot mouth disease causing havoc in rural Maharashtra is largely unnoticed by the health authorities. Also the disease running as an epidemic in Marathwada, Vidarbha and cities like Pune and Mumbai

Hand foot mouth disease on the rise in children across MaharashtraHand Foot Mouth Disease, is not a just a routine illness, in paediatrician’s OPD started coming up since last 6 months with gradually increasing number of cases every day. The disease is a viral self-limiting infection caused by coxsackie and enterovirus. Symptoms Starts with fever and sore throat. Painful blisters/ulcers appear in throat , on […]

This baby toy can causing serious injuries, caution health experts

No matter how much bad press it gets, the baby walker is still very much alive and kicking. Even though this common childhood toy provides absolutely no benefit and can put children in harm’s way, many parents across the globe are still using them. Now, a new study has revealed some data on just how risky this practice truly is, and we should all pay attention

This baby toy can causing serious injuries, caution health expertsAccording to a new study, hundreds of thousands of babies have been injured while using baby walkers. The results of the study appeared in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics this week. The team of researchers looked at emergency visits due to injuries caused while using infant walkers between 1990 and 2014. They found […]

Signs and symptoms of teething children

The symptoms of teething vary from one infant to another. Some babies do not have any symptoms at all when their teeth come in. Others may become mildly irritable, begin to drool, lose their appetite, or cry more than usual. In some cases, vomiting and fever can accompany teething

Signs and symptoms of teething childrenMany people believe that vomiting while teething is normal. However, most experts now agree that teething does not cause generalised symptoms, such as vomiting, fever, rash, and diarrhoea. Teething occurs when an infant’s teeth first begin to break through the gums. This typically takes place between the ages of 6 and 12 months. The two […]

Parents need to limit their screen time for better parent-child interaction

As much as children need limits on their smartphone use and screen time on other devices, parents need ‘off-hours’ time, too, according to a new resource published in JAMA Pediatrics

Parents need to limit their screen time for better parent-child interactionChildren learn smartphone habits from their parents, so it’s important to make time to unplug and ‘single-task,’ prioritise quality time with children, and resist the urge to document everything, the authors write. “With mobile devices, parents have a personalised, interactive computer containing all of their work, social, informational and entertainment lives in their pockets,” said […]

Maha: Doctors giving their all to ensure survival of premature born twins

A tribal woman in Dharni, Amravati has given birth to twin girls who were prematurely born at just seven months. The birth weight of these baby girls is extremely low. The doctors have said that the survival rate of such babies is very low, but they are doing their best to take care of these babies and ensure that they live on

Maha: Doctors giving their all to ensure survival of premature born twinsThe woman delivered the twins on Saturday, August 26. The twin baby girls were born weighing just 550 grams and 450 grams at a Sub District Hospital in Dharni. The girls are being monitored in a special chamber in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Vipin Khadse, Medical […]
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