Category: Pediatrics & Neonatology

Can Your Baby Hear You?

New Born screening picture

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 0.5-5 newborns in every 1000 births suffer from hearing impairment to some degree (1).

Ensuring that your baby gets the necessary screenings to detect any health disorders post birth is the first and the most crucial step towards promising them healthy growing years. Most health disorders screened in the first week of the child’s birth are treatable to a great extent. Newborn screening includes a set of tests performed on the child, 24-48 hours after birth, although some studies also suggest that the screening be done 12 hours after birth in order to identify and diagnose any kind of treatable conditions. Continue reading “Can Your Baby Hear You?”

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Baby First Foods – ‘WEANING’

Weaning is the process by which a baby gradually gets used to eating adult food or the food that the family generally eats, and relies less on breast milk. The World Health Organization defines ‘weaning’ as a gradual process of getting the baby accustomed to food other than the mother’s milk. This process starts around the age of 4-6 months as the mother’s milk alone is not sufficient to sustain a baby’s growth beyond 6 months. It should be supplemented by food rich in proteins and other nutrients, called as supplementary foods.

Why weaning is Important by 6 months? Continue reading “Baby First Foods – ‘WEANING’”

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When to Start Giving Water to Babies?

1.When should one start giving drinking water to babies?

Babies younger than 6 months old should never be given water to drink. Daily water intake is fulfilled by mother’s milk up to the age of 6 month. If formula milk started the water requirement is fulfilled by it. We don’t need to give additional drinking water.

2. What happens if we give drinking water apart from breast feeding or formula milk?

Baby’s tiny intestine is not much strong to fight against outside food or water it may chance for the loose motion or diarrhea. Continue reading “When to Start Giving Water to Babies?”

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New Born Hearing Screening with OTO Acoustic Emissions (OAE) and it’s Importance.

Hearing impairment in children across the world constitutes a particularly serious obstacle to their optimal development and education, including language acquisition. According to a range of studies and surveys conducted in different countries, around 0.5 to 5 in every 1000 neonates and infants have congenital or early childhood onset sensorineural deafness or severe-to-profound hearing impairment. Deaf and hearing-impaired children often experience delayed development of speech, language and cognitive skills, which may result in slow learning and difficulty progressing in school. Continue reading “New Born Hearing Screening with OTO Acoustic Emissions (OAE) and it’s Importance.”

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Why Vaccinate?

Vaccinations are extremely important for the health and well-being of a child. Parents are often sceptical about getting their child vaccinated, which is partly due to the fact that they have very little familiarity with the devastating effects of a vaccine-preventable illness. Childhood vaccination is a topic that involves various opinions. Doctors and medical professionals recommend getting all children vaccinated as per the established vaccination schedules because vaccinations provide immunity against infectious and life-threatening diseases. Vaccinations build a child’s immune system and make their body strong enough to fight against certain infectious diseases. Continue reading “Why Vaccinate?”

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