PAEDIATRICS

The department of pediatrics  at amandeep hospital  pathankot  is one of its kind in the city providing the state of the art care in neonatology & pediatrics. The department has expertise in every pediatric subspecialty from low birth weight & pre term care to adolescent medicine. The department includes

1) A state of the art NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) with ventilator , phototherapy units, warmers , incubators & C PAP delivery machines to take care of any preterm or Low birth weight

2)      PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit):- A separate PICU with ventilator & all the latest  equipments are in place.

3)      Impatient Care :-  for admitted patients with general & special wards

4)      OPD & Emergency services which are available round the clock

5)      Immunization services for all the age groups

Department of pediatrics at amandeep Hospital boosts of being the next big thing for pediatrics care in Pathankot

Excellence with care being our motto

FAQ's For PAEDIATRICS


Why do babies cry ?

Babies require timely attention and constant contact with their mothers.They try to convey their feelings through the only language they know.Crying is not always a call for food.

What can make a baby cry?

. When the baby is hungry

. If she is uncomfortable

. If she is feeling hot or cold

. If she / he is ill

. Baby may just want to go out, as she is bored with the same environment

. If she has colic – this problem is so exaggerated that most babies are on anti- colic medications nowadays.

. Evening colic is very common between 6 pm to 11 pm

Your exclusively breastfed baby will not require medicine for the following in neonatal period (first  6 months)

  1. Breast engorgement in newborn
  • don’t squeeze it
  1. Bleeding per vagina
  • It will stop in 4 days
  1. Constipation
  • Common to pass stool even once in 3-5 days
  1. Frequent passage of stools
  • Stool of babies who are breastfed are sticky golden yellow
  1. Indigestion and vomiting
  • requires only proper positioning and burping
  1. Crying before and after passing urine and stool

Jaundice in Newborns

Jaundice in newborn babies is normal and often not very serious. Majority of babies can have jaundice at birth. When your baby’s skin turns yellow in color it’s called jaundice. The whites of your baby’s eyes may also turn yellow. This is due to excess amount of a pigment called bilirubin.

The bilirubin comes from the breakdown of old red blood cells. This type of jaundice starts when the baby is 2 to 3 days old. It goes away by the time your baby is 2 to 3 weeks old. Jaundice progresses from head to toes; and it regresses from below upwards. White part of eyes may remain yellow for a longer period of up to 2 to 3 weeks.

Diarrhea

  1. Thirst is an earliest indicator of dehydration.

Look for it.

  1. Sunken eyeballs and fontanelle indicate dehydration.
  2. Replace the amount of water lost in diarrhea.
  3. Like flowers, children also droop without water.
  4. A child suffering from diarrhea loses lot of fluid from the body. Hence, it is important for the child to be hydrated enough at regular intervals to balance the loss of fluid.
  5. A child who dies from diarrhea, dies from dehydration.
  6. Use salt sugar solution (SSS) to prevent dehydration. A glass of water mixed with a pinch of salt and a spoon of sugar in small quantity should be given to the baby suffering from diarrhea.
  7. A right way of advising salt, sugar solution is 5 teaspoon every 10 minutes.
  8. Too much salt and sugar in rehydration fluid is dangerous.
  9. Let the parents make ORS and feed the baby before they leave from home – 50 to 100 cc/ kg every 4 hours.
  10. Use medicines for diarrhea only on doctor’s advice (Zinc is needed).
  11. Other drugs for diarrhea may do more harm than good.
  12. Continue breast feeding during diarrhea.
  13. Diarrhea is not worsened by giving food.
  14. The worst treatment for diarrhea is to stop food and fluids.
  15. Give one extra feed for one week after his diarrhea.
  16. Wet mopping of floor twice a day prevents diarrhea.
  17. Everything that goes in his mouth, must be clean.
  18. Malnutrition can also be a cause for diarrhea, so avoid malnutrition. Diarrhea, in turn, leads to malnutrition.
  19. To prevent diarrhea: continue breast feeds, give measles vaccine, use proper sanitation, keep food and water clean, wash hands before touching food, control house flies, give vitamin A.

Common respiratory infections and wheezing


Coughing and wheezing are common symptoms of childhood illness. They do not usually mean your child has a serious condition, although they can sound awful and may be distressing for you and your baby. Coughing is a normal, healthy and important reflex that helps clear the airways in the throat and chest.

Smoking in the house or car increases  the risk of respiratory problems in babies.

Causes of coughing and wheezing

There are different reasons why your child may cough or wheeze. Possible causes include:

  • Colds and other viruses – this is a very common cause of coughing
  • Choking – the coughing is sudden and the child has not been unwell.
  • Croup – this tends to cause a barking, which can cause coughing and wheezing.
  • Bronchiolitis – this is a chest infection, which can cause coughing and wheezing.
  • Smoke – smoking around babies can cause them to cough and should be avoided.
  • Allergy – this can cause coughing after exposure to specific substances.
  • Asthma – coughing tends to be worse at night or after exercise. The child may also wheeze.
  • Whooping cough – a contagious infection, which can be prevented by immunization.
  • Pneumonia – this causes a sudden onset of cough, high fever and fast breathing; it can be prevented by immunization.

When to seek immediate medical help

Children  can stop breathing during a severe respiratory attack. If the coughing and wheezing don’t settle, or  if your baby becomes more distressed  or unwell, take them to your doctor or children’s hospital straight away.

Seek immediate medical help in these situations

  • Breathing problems – if your child is having difficulty breathing or their breathing becomes  rapid or irregular.
  • Breathing is noisy – if your baby’s breathing is noisy when they are not crying.
  • Skin colour changes – if their skin turns blue or they become very pale.
  • Tired – if they seem unusually tired.
  • Choking – if your baby suddenly starts to cough and has not been unwell, they may be choking. They may have breathed in something into their airways. Choking requires immediate emergency treatment.

 Something stuck in the nose – a child with a one sided  runny or blocked nose may have something stuck  in their nose and should be seen by a doctor.

Refuses food or drink – this should always be a cause for concern.

Fever – if they have a temperature over 37°c.