Welcome to Holland: the experience of raising a child with a disability

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to help people who have not shared this unique experience, to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this. When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation – to Italy. You… [ Continue Reading ]

Immunisation – Your Path to a Healthy Life

Many of us would waive an article of immunisation as irrelevant to us — the educated, fairly affluent members of the world community. And yet, our own personal experience has shown that even educated parents often ignore new vaccines, unaware how critical they can be to their child’s health. In today’s age, when we see… [ Continue Reading ]

Home Remedies From the Kitchen Shelf

Ginger doses External application of half a teaspoon of dry ginger powder with hot water over eyebrows and forehead gives relief in headache. One teaspoon of crushed fresh ginger rhizome juice with one teaspoon honey, thrice daily, for seven days, gives relief in bronchial asthma, corzya, and congestion. To cure indigestion, take one teaspoon of… [ Continue Reading ]

What is autism?

What is autism? Autism is a brain disorder that makes it difficult for a person to respond to the world. It begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood. At first, autism was thought to be an attachment disorder resulting from poor parenting. This was proved a myth when it was found that autism sometimes… [ Continue Reading ]

Head and Face Injuries in children: Response & Precaution

Bumps in the head are quite common in young children and may scare you too. Usually they look serious and can be. But often, they are not. If your child’s head is bruised, hold a cloth wrung out in very cold water or an ice pack wrapped in a damp cloth over the bruise. This… [ Continue Reading ]

Rashes on babies: From nappy rashes to Mongolian spots

New-borns have an extremely sensitive skin that often breaks into a rash at the slightest opportunity. Nappy rashes: Nappy rashes are one of the most common ailments, are characterised by an inflammation in the diaper area. Causes of nappy rashes Water, urine and/or faeces retained inside the diaper. Earlier it was thought that these rashes… [ Continue Reading ]

Fever in newborn babies

Fever in a newborn could be caused by: Exposure to extreme temperatures. Excessive clothing. Dehydration, especially if the child has not been fed for long. Infection. High fever upto 102 degrees Fahrenheit in a newborn could be dangerous and needs immediate management. Even before you see your paediatrician. Take off your baby’s clothes and sponge… [ Continue Reading ]