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Ten Commandments For Parents-to-be!

(Article updated and reviewed by Dr. Mandar V. Bichu on June 9, 2013) What is the most tedious part of becoming new parents?  Take my word for it- it is the seemingly unending waiting period of nine months. The waiting period in which countless pundits (!) offer their ‘wise’...

Travelling with kids

  When it’s summer time, it’s vacation time. And, yes it’s travel time. Travelling to another city or another country, especially with children is something which involves care and planning, not only as regards finance and logistics but more importantly for the health o...

When 'Abnormal' is normal in your newborn baby....

(Article reviewed and updated by Dr. Mandar V. Bichu on June 10, 2013). In nature there is seldom a sharp demarcation between the normal and the abnormal. In its countless variations, the rules don’t apply and routine norms are useless. It is true even in case of a newborn human baby &n...

Vaccines are essential!

  Why should we vaccinate? Vaccines prevent serious illnesses and don't we all know that prevention is better than cure? Vaccines don't kill immunity- rather they stimulate immunity against various infections. Vaccine is a modified prod­uct from the infective organism...

Breast-feeding...best feeding!

  ‘Name two most important ways of reducing infections in newborn babies.’ This used to be one of the favourite questions of our examiners in those long-bygone days of paediatric residency. As a budding paediatrician you were supposed to belt out the answer in a flash &nd...

Dental care in children

  What is the function of teeth in our body? It is easier to appreciate teeth when you understand their design and purpose. Although their main function is chewing, they are also important in speech. The shape of your dental arch and the way   your teeth fit together affect...