Common Child Disease - Health Tips

The most common problem especially in the days of monsoon we see in our OPD is of diarrhea and vomiting. Two or three episodes of diarrhea and vomiting can be seen in every child and sometimes it gets so severe that we have to admit the child.

The main reason for these two rampant disease among children is their dietary practices. Children often likes to eat street food which is unhygienic and/or consumes water which is not fresh. So if we could take some precautions like not giving or allowing uncooked food, street food and using only clean / boiled water for drinking then these diseases can be easily avoided at an early stage. Because if a child experiences them once, it hinders their growth as to whatever weight they have gained might be lost. Therefore we should avoid giving packed food, junk food or food from the market strictly to the children especially during monsoons.

The foremost thing when you start giving the child normal food once he/she is of 6 months is that you should always use boiled water for cooking. Some water should be boiled and kept in the morning itself for usage throughout the day.

Even if the child catches the virus of diarrhea or vomiting then our first priority should be that the child should not suffer from dehydration. Therefore it is very important to give ORS solution regularly to the child until we avail the medical facility. If ORS in unavailable than water, salt and sugar solution or lime water too can be given. If the vomit or diarrhea is frequent and watery then you should visit a good child specialist without much delay.

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Dr. Pushpinder Bajaj

Dr Pushpinder Bajaj did his MBBS from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot and MD (Paediatrics) from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak. He is a Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist available at Virk Hospital Private Limited, Karnal.

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