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Health tips for summer: dealing with seasonal changes

Dr. Himani Khanna, Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician


Mar 18, 2016 | 11 : 30 AM to 12 : 45 PM

Do you have queries on the health precautions you need to take for your child during summer months? What are the summer care safety tips? If you are going on vacation, how to prepare for it? What about skin care tips? How does this change in season affect your baby’s eating habits?


Ask our expert Dr Himani.

Dr Himani Narula Khanna is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician with extensive experience in health and wellness of pediatric patients from newborn to 16+. A post graduate in paediatrics, Dr Himani has additional specialty training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics. She is an Haryana Medical Council registered practicing doctor.


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My baby is 5 months old now. External food is not yet started. Please guide what to feed him consid....

My baby is 5 months old now. External food is not yet started. Please guide what to feed him considering summer.

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Dr. Himani Khanna
If you are Breast feeding the baby can continue Breast feeding for another month and at 6 months of age can start with complementary feeds.Babies do not need extra water or any other Drink while on Breast feeds . Can Continue Exclusive Breast feeding on demand. 2016-03-18 11:35:23
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Hi Doctor! I have a 14 months old girl. I am worried about the onset of viral infections and the w....

Hi Doctor! I have a 14 months old girl. I am worried about the onset of viral infections and the water born diseases. My child's immunity is also not very high. How do I keep her secured and safe against all these diseases? Also, if you could give me some tips to improve my child's immunity levels?

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Dr. Himani Khanna
A balanced diet inclusive of fruits, vegetables , eggs etc can be given to build up childs immunity . Respiratory viral infections can be prevented by avioding crowded areas and wearing a mask if someone at home has symptoms of cold/ cough to prevent transmitting it to children.Always Carry water from home while travelling to prevent Viral enteral (gut)infections .Healthy and regular meals, proper sleep and plenty of Liquids in a day to keep child well hydrated and happy environment is what will help the child stay healthy 2016-03-18 11:41:46
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My baby is 5 n half mnth old. Can i start giving lukewarm boiled water to him. And what prscautions....

My baby is 5 n half mnth old. Can i start giving lukewarm boiled water to him. And what prscautions should be taken for his first summer??

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If you plan to start complementary feeds for your baby can start with mashed fruits , boiled and mashed vegetables. Can add little bioled and cooled water . Continue Breast feeding on demand . Do not take your baby outside during the peak hours of the day from 10 am to 4 pm. 2016-03-18 11:45:45
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My 3 months baby has constipation. should I give him some water in a day?

My 3 months baby has constipation. should I give him some water in a day?

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Breast feed babies do not require any kind of feed including water. You need to continue Exclusive breast feeds . If is normal for babies to pass stool once in 3 to 4 days also. In case yor baby is on Top feeds you can try changing the formula. 2016-03-18 11:48:13
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Hii doctor I want to know that my baby boy is 2 years old and he didn't eat well he's weak also plz....

Hii doctor I want to know that my baby boy is 2 years old and he didn't eat well he's weak also plz suggest some solution for this

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First of all please check your baby on a Standard Growth chart to make shure your child is week. In case child has poor appetite , can try different preperations with him , try to know his taste. Make meal time enjoyable for your child by making him sit and eat with complete family.Also can try with giving small frequent meals in a day, Make them calorie dense by adding little extra vegetable oil , sugar , ghee etc. 2016-03-18 11:52:30
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My son is 3 yrs 4 months old..during 1st year, he faced a severe fever and his speech delayed till n....

My son is 3 yrs 4 months old..during 1st year, he faced a severe fever and his speech delayed till now..right we are going for speech therapy..are there any positive signs of getting speech as we already done hearing tests which are good only..also behavioural habits like potty traiNing is difficult till now..kibdly suggest suitable methods to nake him ready asap.

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I would recommmand a detail developmental evaluation of the child , as there are many other reasons for speech delay other than hearing impairement. Can continue speech therapy till than. 2016-03-18 11:59:46
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My daughter has stranger anxiety, we are sending her to school (nursery class). Is it a right decisi....

My daughter has stranger anxiety, we are sending her to school (nursery class). Is it a right decision we have taken. She is 2 years 7 months old.

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I is a good decision as going to play school will help your child to socialize with peer , interact with teachers and will help gradually build up her confidence to be all by herself.However some amount of stranger anxiety is normal for children to have at this age. 2016-03-18 12:02:55
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I am a mother of 5 year old girl child. Since the age of 6 months she is suffering from bronchitis.....

I am a mother of 5 year old girl child. Since the age of 6 months she is suffering from bronchitis....I have to always nebulize her otherwise the coughing wont stop. During summers like other children I also want her to eat icecreams fruits like oranges and grapes but I am afraid of giving her as she always gets cold n cough problem. Kindly suggest...

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If your child has allergic tendency and in case you have been able to mark the food items which triger the allergic symptoms in her would recommand you to best aviod those food .In case you are not shure of the triggering agent can introduce these food items slowely one at a time and in small quantities. 2016-03-18 12:06:43
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Hello Doctor My son who is 2.6 yrs old has been diagnosed as ASD. Currently he is under ABA four t....

Hello Doctor My son who is 2.6 yrs old has been diagnosed as ASD. Currently he is under ABA four times a week. We are not seeing any improvement in his behaviour. Can you suggest any other treatment except therapy

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If a child has been diagnosed with ASD, Each and every child is their own assests and shortcomings ,we need to first find out their assests . Set small goals and try to acheive them using their assests . Each and every child needs an individualized treatment plan. You must continue with ABA therapy for about 40 hours a wk. May consult your child's developmental Paediatrician for a reevaluation every 4 to 6 months 2016-03-18 12:15:34
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Hi doc,my lil one is 7 months old . he gets easily sick. Most of d tym he has cough lasting for a we....

Hi doc,my lil one is 7 months old . he gets easily sick. Most of d tym he has cough lasting for a week or so. Plz help me to improve his immunity.

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A balanced diet , prooper sleep and a regular routine for the baby . Avoid taking your baby out during hot hours of the day . Always carry food and water from home when moving out with baby. 2016-03-18 12:29:16
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my daughter is two n half .month old n due to weather changes she is having cold how to deal with it....

my daughter is two n half .month old n due to weather changes she is having cold how to deal with it

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In case child is symptomatic need to be examined by her paediatrician. 2016-03-18 12:31:21
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Hi my son is going out of control I dont know why im losing my patience also main Thing is he figh....

Hi my son is going out of control I dont know why im losing my patience also main Thing is he fights with every one along his group i dont know why plzz suggest what to do he is 4 yrs

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Hi Jayalakshmi, as a mother you need to speak with him. Maybe he is facing some sort of problem in his school. You need to find out that. Once you find out the problem you will be able to connect better with your child. Also whatever you do please don't be harsh on him as he is just a child. 2016-03-18 15:52:06
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Hi Mam my daughter is 12 months old she was having her food in regular intervals but since couple of....

Hi Mam my daughter is 12 months old she was having her food in regular intervals but since couple of days she is not eating properly. It is worrying me a lot?

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Hi Keerthi, is she teething, as is the case sometimes during teething. children lose interest in food. but it is better if you consult it with your paediatrician. 2016-03-18 15:54:07
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Hello doc, can you please let me know what should be the diet of 14 months baby in summer?

Hello doc, can you please let me know what should be the diet of 14 months baby in summer?

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Summer is the time when we all want easily digestible food. So give your baby lots of liquid diets that includes clear veggie soup and freshly squeezed juices, coconut water, along with rice and dal, khichdi, daliya. 2016-03-18 15:55:52
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How to prevent child this season from summer?

How to prevent child this season from summer?

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Avoid going out with your baby during the peak hours of the day from 10 am to 5 pm , Plenty of liquids to be consumed during the day. Light , loose and cotton clothes can be worn . 2016-03-18 12:35:26
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How to secure my baby in summer season? Will baby taken table fan?

How to secure my baby in summer season? Will baby taken table fan?

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Avoid taking your child out during the peak hours from 10 am to 5 pm. Table fan is not advised as the child can try to put his fingers in the rotating blades of the fan. 2016-03-18 15:57:33
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Hi Dr my daughter is 2 1/2 years old. She is a very active child . Her language skill is good.She g....

Hi Dr my daughter is 2 1/2 years old. She is a very active child . Her language skill is good.She gets irritated very frequently. While playing also we appreciate her to encourage for good things , but she thinks that we are stopping/ scolding her and immediate starts crying. She will throw off the things when she is angry. She is even beating other child's while playing. How do we make her understand ? Pl help.

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If child has aggressive behaviour, would like you to try changing the method , can try diverting her when she is angry , can try timeout method with her, also in diet can reduce sugar intake in her diet.try to counsel her everytime politely. 2016-03-18 12:45:13
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My baby is 1 year now he has always cold problem and nose block problem Many medicine I have tried b....

My baby is 1 year now he has always cold problem and nose block problem Many medicine I have tried but no relief...what to do

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Hi doc, which are protein food for vegetarian(no egg) kids?

Hi doc, which are protein food for vegetarian(no egg) kids?

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Hi Lakshmi, you may give her pulses and soy. 2016-03-18 15:58:15
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My niece is 3 years old and has a weak immunity. So how do we strengthen her immunity so that she do....

My niece is 3 years old and has a weak immunity. So how do we strengthen her immunity so that she doesn't fall sick during this season?

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Hi Tanisha, you may give her immunity building foods like amla, nuts like almonds, walnuts and dried fruits like figs. 2016-03-18 15:59:22
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Is it fine to give water at room temperature to an infant who is just 2-months old in the summer? Th....

Is it fine to give water at room temperature to an infant who is just 2-months old in the summer? The doctor my friend referred to advised only to breastfeed the baby.

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Hi Canisha, please try to stick to breastfeed only. the mother's milk is the best thirst quencher for a small baby. 2016-03-18 16:00:24
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My baby s 2 months old.. For last couple of adays she s not taking milk properly.. She s pooping 3 d....

My baby s 2 months old.. For last couple of adays she s not taking milk properly.. She s pooping 3 days once.. Please give some suggestions

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Hi Mercy, she needs a detailed evaluation. Please consult your paediatrician 2016-03-18 16:01:32
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My son is 4 years old and I am worried about the eye infections prevalent during the summer season.....

My son is 4 years old and I am worried about the eye infections prevalent during the summer season. Please help.

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Hi Nikita, to prevent eye infections, remind your child to wash his eyes with running water, whenever he comes home from outside. Also maintain proper hygiene. 2016-03-18 16:02:50
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What is the best preventive measures to keep children safe from infections this summer?

What is the best preventive measures to keep children safe from infections this summer?

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The preventive measures remain the same Ankita, maintain proper hygiene, wash your hands and face regularly, and at a slight discomfort consult your doctor. 2016-03-18 16:04:03
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My son doesn't drink enough water during the day. How do I keep him hydrated?

My son doesn't drink enough water during the day. How do I keep him hydrated?

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Keep reminding your child to drink water or can keep offering your child liquids in the form of coconut water, juices , lemonades etc to keep him well hydrated during the day. 2016-03-18 12:38:36
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My son 3 years 3 months he will be suffering from cold n cough for this docsuggested signulair chewi....

My son 3 years 3 months he will be suffering from cold n cough for this docsuggested signulair chewing tablet and also consulted ENT doc he has gvn some medicine bigcef 250 defzc for ten days n xyzom kid one month will this b helpfull for him ... To get cure from cold cough n allergies

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Hi Deepali, it seems like a right medication for the said problem. 2016-03-29 10:35:10
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Hie,m a mother to a seven month old baby..she's exclusive breastfed,now that I Hav to resume work ho....

Hie,m a mother to a seven month old baby..she's exclusive breastfed,now that I Hav to resume work how do I start her wit bottle feed...?as she's refusing bottle feed as well as purée meals.

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Hi if she is refusing bottle feed try to feed her with a bowl and spoon. Get her some bright coloured bowl and spoon and tempt her with that. Slowly she will take to it. 2016-03-18 16:05:30
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My baby is 6mo. I am going for vacation to an other place. Can you tell me what precautions can i ta....

My baby is 6mo. I am going for vacation to an other place. Can you tell me what precautions can i take? She is completely on my feed till today.

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A six months old baby requires a little more than just a mother's feed. So you may start with some seasonal fruits. As for the precautions just ensure that the baby is wrapped if you are going to some cold place. 2016-03-18 16:07:00
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How good is fresh juice sold at the fresh fruit juice corner vis-a-vis packet juice from branded com....

How good is fresh juice sold at the fresh fruit juice corner vis-a-vis packet juice from branded companies? Which one is good for a 3 year old?

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Hi Rajat a fresh juice is any day better for everyone and not just your child. However, it will be best when it has been freshly squeezed at home with proper hygiene maintenance. 2016-03-18 16:08:07
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Can I give watermelon to my 8 months daughter? If yes, what is the best way to give it?

Can I give watermelon to my 8 months daughter? If yes, what is the best way to give it?

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You may give watermelon to your baby, provided it has been kept a room temperature and has been properly mashed with a spoon, so that it has a semi-solid structure. 2016-03-18 16:09:06
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My children love to eat mangoes but whenever they eat it, they get blisters with pus. What is the be....

My children love to eat mangoes but whenever they eat it, they get blisters with pus. What is the best way to let my children enjoy mangoes so that they can relish it without worrying about the painful blisters? P.S. they love mango shake as well but enjoying the fruit is altogether a different experience is what they both say. Please help.

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let them not have more than two slices each and then give them buttermilk or curd with it. 2016-03-18 16:10:10
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How do I ensure that my son doesn't get affected by the hot wind that blows during summer, especiall....

How do I ensure that my son doesn't get affected by the hot wind that blows during summer, especially my school going child?

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The only way you can protect your child is by keeping him indoors. As for the school going children,ensure that he covers his head. 2016-03-18 16:11:42
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Allergies during this season are quite common. Any precautions I can take to ensure that my child re....

Allergies during this season are quite common. Any precautions I can take to ensure that my child remains safe and sound this summer?

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the best way is to keep him indoors and also give him immunity boosting food like almonds and walnuts. 2016-03-18 16:12:58
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My child tends to sweat a lot result is an oily and itchy scalp. How can I keep his scalp oil and it....

My child tends to sweat a lot result is an oily and itchy scalp. How can I keep his scalp oil and itch free?

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You may use a mild soap or shampoo like Himalaya baby shampoo for his scalp. 2016-03-18 16:13:44
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My daughter gets the problem of dandruff and itchy scalp during this time every year. I have tried e....

My daughter gets the problem of dandruff and itchy scalp during this time every year. I have tried everything possible for her. Please help what I can do relieve her of the itchy scalp and dandruff?

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You may use mild soap or shampoo for his scalp. you may try Himalaya baby shampoo 2016-03-18 16:15:25
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My son sweats a lot if we don't switch on the AC. And if we do switch the AC he catches cold. What t....

My son sweats a lot if we don't switch on the AC. And if we do switch the AC he catches cold. What to do. Please help.

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You may make him wear full sleeves shirt with pyjamas and switch on the AC for sometime and then switch off. 2016-03-18 16:16:14
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What should be the ideal food during summer season for a 4 year old, who is quite active in sports?

What should be the ideal food during summer season for a 4 year old, who is quite active in sports?

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A child active in sports need lots of nutrition. Keep him hydrated with coconut water, fresh juices and cold pressed soups. along with seasonal fruits and light meal of rice and dal or khichdi. 2016-03-18 16:17:30
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My son who is a fussy eater, gets all the more fussy during summer season. How do I cultivate his in....

My son who is a fussy eater, gets all the more fussy during summer season. How do I cultivate his interest in food?

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use colours like red of watermelon, yellow of mangoes and green and purple of grapes to tempt him into fruits. You may take him to a veg market and show him the raw veggies. 2016-03-18 16:18:52
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What is the best way to protect my child from eye diseases during summer?

What is the best way to protect my child from eye diseases during summer?

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Hi by maintaining proper hygiene. washing your hands before touching your eyes, washing your eyes after few hours with running water. 2016-03-18 16:19:54
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My 5 months old son, do not pass the stools for 6-9 days. Sometimes for 11 days. I don't want to u....

My 5 months old son, do not pass the stools for 6-9 days. Sometimes for 11 days. I don't want to use the glycerin suppository every time. Please advice.

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I would like to know weather baby is exclusively breast feed or on formula feeds . Also can consider starting early complementary feeds with adding boiled vegetables and stewed fruits to his diet 2 to 3 times during the day . Introduce one food at a time. 2016-03-18 12:19:51
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Hi Doctor, My daughter is 15month from last two days she suffering from running nose and also fever....

Hi Doctor, My daughter is 15month from last two days she suffering from running nose and also fever i am giving her fever go drops. but i dont find any improvement.

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You can get her examined by her Paediatrician to know the cause of fever and further medications if required. 2016-03-18 12:21:18
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Hi Doctor...my daughter is 4 years. She is a nice bright kid and going to nursery class. What kind o....

Hi Doctor...my daughter is 4 years. She is a nice bright kid and going to nursery class. What kind of mind-boosting games/activities do you suggest for this age group.

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I shall recommand a mixture of outdoor and indoor games for your child. Its summer time can occupy her during the early morning hours with outdoor games like swimming, cycling etc during the peal hours of the day can occupy her with puzzles , Board games , etc. 2016-03-18 12:24:23
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Have consulted pedeac she has prescribed crocin drops.

Have consulted pedeac she has prescribed crocin drops.

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Hi Preeti, seems like the right medication for the fever. 2016-03-29 10:32:36
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How important are the flu shots that some paediatricians recommend which are to be given every year?....

How important are the flu shots that some paediatricians recommend which are to be given every year? Specially when the baby goes to a day care where there are more kids around. Thanks

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Flu shots are for your child's safety. Especially like you said in a day care where children tend to catch all sorts of infections and flu. 2016-03-29 10:33:56

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