Parents are best paediatricians for the child: Dr Amdekar

Indore: “ We should eliminate the increasing tendency of buying health care of our child by giving extra bucks instead of providing him proper care,” Veteran paediatrician and medical director of Mumbai’s Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Dr K Amdekar said.

Parents are best paediatricians for the child: Dr Amdekar

Addressing media persons on Thursday, Dr Amdekar said that parents are the best paediatrician for their child as they can check the health only by keeping a record of his weight, height and urine.

“ Frequent fluctuation in weight is an alarming signal for parents to visit to a paediatrician. The first two years, the body weight, height and other two parameters should be monitored by the parents on a monthly basis. Same monitoring should become quarterly the next two years, followed by half- yearly growth monitoring in the fifth and sixth year,” Dr Ambedkar said.

Dr Amdekar also emphasized on the vaccination of children and said that parent’s must get their child vaccinated for the DPT, BCG, Polio and Measles. Parents should never neglect Hepatitis- B and HIB vaccinations which protect the child from pneumonia and meningitis diseases. The MMR vaccination is also must for every child, he said.

Earlier, MP Sumitra Mahajan and Mayor KM Moghe inaugurated the 51st National Conference of Paediatricians ‘ Pedicon- 2014’ organised by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics. The inauguration was followed by various cultural programmes.

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