When should I get my child for routine examination?
should be seen at the time of the birth by a pediatrician. The pediatrician would
fix an appointment for a revisit to the clinic after the discharge of the
mother from the hospital. If the child is born at home, then he / she can be brought
to the pediatrician’s clinic as soon as feasible to check if everything is OK.
I have a newly born baby. Do I need to get his / her hearing
tested? Every new born should get his ears screened
for hearing impairment by a simple method OAE. An undiagnosed hearing loss
would lead to learning impairment too.
Should I get my child’s thyroid tested?
dysfunction is easily picked up by a blood test at the time of birth. Early
interventions for hypothyroidism are important and the effects are life-long
for your child. One should get this screening test done
How do I come to know about the latest vaccines that are due
for my child?
start at the time of birth. Your doctor would schedule the visits for your
child’s subsequent vaccinations. On completion of the vaccine the next date
would be informed to you.
Are the new
vaccines available at the government hospitals / centers? The government
provides vaccines for only for diseases covered under the Universal
immunization program (UIP). The new vaccines take time to be included in the
Should I give my child pulse polio vaccine from the people who
come to visit our house during the polio days announced by the government?
Yes, every time.
Recently our country has become polio free. The last case was reported on
January 13, 2011. This has been possible due to the participation of all of you
in the pulse polio program. But we have to be cautious as this disease may
return back, unless our children are fully protected. The experts have designed
a strategy which needs to be followed up by all of us till this is needed as
announced by the government agencies.
I am worried about the growth of my child. My child’s height
is not growing.
Both the parents
should visit the clinic with the birth records as well as the growth /
When should I start solid foods for my child?
The child should
be put on solid foods at six months of age.
Are there any emergencies for which I should contact you
Yes, If the child
is having breathing difficulties, has a fall, met an accident, is bleeding, or
is dull and not responding appropriately or has consumed some unknown substance
/ medicine, or having a convulsion he / she should be seen by a doctor.
Till what age should my child be seen by
From birth (some-times even before that) till eighteen years of age