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Paediatrics

Pediatrics (or paediatrics) is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician or paediatrician.

Pediatrics & Neonatology is the specialty of medicine dealing with medical care of infants and children. Pediatrics differs from adult medicine in many respects. The smaller body of an infant or neonate is substantially different physiologically from that of an adult. Congenital defects, genetic variance, and a host of other issues are of greater concern to pediatricians and neonatologists than they often are to adult physicians.

Some diseases are more often treated by pediatricians because only recently did the majority of these patients survive into adulthood. Issues revolving around infectious diseases and immunizations are also dealt with by pediatricians. Put simply, treating a child is not like treating a miniature adult, it is this that pediatricians and neonatologists specialize in.

Childhood is the period of greatest growth, development and maturation of the various organ systems in the body. Years of training and experience, besides medical training, goes into recognizing the difference between normal variants and what is actually pathological.

Utilisation Indices & Statistics

    Out-Patient Services

  • Days and Timing of OPD - Daily (10am-12pm)
  • Appointment Facility - Available
  • Workload per month - 240

    In-Patient Services

  • Availability of beds for the Speciality - Yes
  • Number of bed - 10
  • Nurse Patient ratio - 1:5
  • Resident Doctor available - Yes
  • Emergency Services for the Speciality - Available

Staffing

    Consultant

  • Total number of consultant - 04
  • Number of consultant on Permanent Roll - 02
  • Number of consultant on Facility - 02

    Nursing Staff

  • Total number of staff nurses - 07
  • Speciality trained nurses - 05

Some Important Questions about Pediatrics

How to plan for a pregnancy?

The moment you decide to plan for a baby, go ahead with a pre-pregnancy counseling. The mother must realise two very important contradictions: (a) It is impossible to forecast exactly when she would conceive and it may take months on end, or (b) she could be pregnant before she realises it, about a fortnight after she misses her period.

How will my early visit to the doctor help?

The advice from the doctor can make her shift to a healthier lifestyle. It could help her start taking the precious supplement of folic acid that prevents a crippling neurological disorder in the newborn.

Once I'm pregnant, how will I know everything is fine at the very beginning?

The pregnancy test (the self-performing kits are pretty accurate) will confirm the conception. But more important is the USG scan done about two months after the missed period. This is often known as the Booking Scan. Ask your doctor for advice.

What does Booking Scan tell me?

A lot of very important things about the ongoing pregnancy, like where it is situated, whether there's a single foetus or multiples, whether the heart of the foetus is beating, and whether the size of pregnancy components corresponds to the duration of pregnancy. In a gist, a complete health checkup of the ongoing pregnancy is what the Booking Scan helps to facilitate.

Would I need another USG scan?

Yes, at least another one at the fifth month. It will tell you about the gross anatomy of the foetus and rule out any major malformations. Please remember, disclosing the sex of the foetus is legally forbidden in India and is punishable by law.

What are the most important things to be done in the prenatal period?

Attend the antenatal checkups most regularly as advised by your obstetrician.

Why is it so important?

Because most potentially serious complications of pregnancy are preventable. Hence, if you attend the clinic regularly, the tell-tale signs can be picked up by the doctor, which will help him to take swift remedial actions.

Do I need any supplement?

I do not believe in any specific food supplement. A balanced diet would suffice. Iron supplementation in the Indian subcontinent is a good idea.

Any vaccination?

Two shots of tetanus toxoid, one month apart, are normally prescribed for pregnant women in India.

Can I dictate the mode of delivery?

Please create your own awareness and then sit with your obstetrician. It is always better to leave the final decision to your doctor.

Post natal period - do we also have to plan for it?

Of course! It's much easier to carry a baby inside the womb than look after it, once born. The new mother needs all kinds of support. Abroad, they even pre-decorate the nursery at home with blue or pink colours according to the sex of the child. However, you are not allowed this luxury in India.

What's the most important time following delivery?

The first six weeks, this is medically known as 'Puerperium'. Most of the complications rear their heads during this period. Any fever, breast enlargement, depression or anxiety must be reported to your doctor at once.

What is important in the hospital once I deliver?

The most important are the first few minutes after-birth. This is the time for bonding with your baby. Fondle and cuddle the bundle of joy along with your husband. This is a rare and most precious moment of your lives and you deserve all the privacy and understanding. Moreover, if you are a mother for the first time, learn carefully from the staff how to feed your baby, make it burp, how to look after your breasts and improve the production of milk that will keep your child healthy.

When can I go back to exercising?

If you have a normal delivery, there's no reason why you can't start light exercises almost immediately. However, if you have an operative delivery, consult your obstetrician.

Can I regain my pre-pregnancy shape?

Of course you can! Be committed. Healthy food habits and proper post-natal exercises will definitely help you. Don't try to immediately cut down on calories, as breast feeding demands a lot from the mother. Yes, there will be some permanent vestiges of motherhood. However, you must remember that a successful pregnancy leads to the final development and fine-tuning of a woman's body.

What is my husband's role in this?

He is extremely important at this juncture and his whole¬hearted support can go a long way in smooth post-natal recovery of his wife. Abroad, paternity leave is available and partners proudly avail the facility. I sincerely hope that one day this will be introduced in India as well

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