Vaccine safety and the importance of Immunization

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Vaccine safety and the importance of Immunization

Dr. Vaneet Parmar, MD - Paediatrics, MBBS


Dec 29, 2015 | 11 : 30 AM to 1 : 05 PM

Are all listed vaccines safe? How important is immunization? Can one opt to miss the optional ones listed.Join us for a live chat to get all the answers you need around your different vaccines listed, importance of immunization and the common myths around some vaccines.

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besides those normal vaccination which is done in govt hospital, Is it necessary to have extra recom....

besides those normal vaccination which is done in govt hospital, Is it necessary to have extra recommended vaccines in the private clinic for other diseases?

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Yes, you need to take the additional vaccines as well as per the IAP schedule. IAP reccommends this vaccines to all the children after discussion with the parents 2015-12-29 11:33:32
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my baby is 1yr nd 4 mnths old.. i skipped d PCV vaccine.. both the doses.. is it compulsory..>? if s....

my baby is 1yr nd 4 mnths old.. i skipped d PCV vaccine.. both the doses.. is it compulsory..>? if so.. when should i give/..?

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hi Hiba! You could still give a PCV vaccination but it will be be just 2 dozes without a booster. 2015-12-29 11:34:33
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My baby is 8 months old now. She is frequently suffering from cold and cough. Can flu vaccine give s....

My baby is 8 months old now. She is frequently suffering from cold and cough. Can flu vaccine give sufficient relief for my baby. How far it is preferable. As cold and cough are due to changes in weather but I want to know about flu vaccine.

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The vaccine available now is a combination of influenza and swine flu. it is not for normal cold and cough. It is recommended to high risk groups only. 2015-12-29 11:35:54
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Hi doctor. My baby is 5months and we have a regular vaccine for her and recently I got a message fro....

Hi doctor. My baby is 5months and we have a regular vaccine for her and recently I got a message from my pead saying that it would be better to give flu vaccine for babies >6months two doses and >9months one dose.. Is it necessary to have that flu vaccine, wen v r having a regular vaccines for my baby.. Please suggest.

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Yes, preferably it should be taken after 6 months of age. 2015-12-29 11:37:23
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Is there any difference of effectiveness between painless/feverless and normal vaccination?

Is there any difference of effectiveness between painless/feverless and normal vaccination?

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Yes Ritu, there is a difference 2015-12-29 11:38:36
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We as Doctors recommend normal vaccination now a days 2015-12-29 11:39:01
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My boy is 2months now the doctor have listed vaccine till his 2years. Is all vaccine they have liste....

My boy is 2months now the doctor have listed vaccine till his 2years. Is all vaccine they have listed is a must for my boy

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Hi Firdo! has this been listed by your pead? 2015-12-29 11:40:06
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In case this has come to you from your Pead, you should. You may also cross reference it with the IAP schedule. 2015-12-29 11:41:17
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My son completed 5 months and 6th month running, wen can d 6th month vaccination be done. His dob is....

My son completed 5 months and 6th month running, wen can d 6th month vaccination be done. His dob is July 21,2015.

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Hi Shobana! As per the date of birth it should be done only after 6 months, in this case it would be 21st January. 2015-12-29 11:42:40
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My boy is 4 months completed and 5 started. Last month we didnt give vacine injection for polio. The....

My boy is 4 months completed and 5 started. Last month we didnt give vacine injection for polio. The dr said there is no availability of this vacine.so i give drops instead. But before month we gave injection. My question is will it be fine if we give one month injection and one month drops

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Hi Geetha! 2015-12-29 11:43:37
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Was this the only time that drops were given? 2015-12-29 11:45:15
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It's fine Geetha, as per the prescribed government drive, anyways the polio drops need to be taken till 5 years of age. 2015-12-29 11:47:07
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My son is 2 years and 9 months old. He is suffering from cold and fever frequently for the past six....

My son is 2 years and 9 months old. He is suffering from cold and fever frequently for the past six months. He's has been given flu vaccination too. What can be done to avoid him from falling sick often.

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Hi Melita! 2015-12-29 11:47:38
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Viral infections/ cross infections from places like preschool/school are common at this stage. 2015-12-29 11:51:20
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I would suggest you to work towards improving the immunity levels for your child 2015-12-29 11:51:40
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Doctor i have given Measles Vaccine on 11/12/15 to my son as scheduled. Now days i have seen red spo....

Doctor i have given Measles Vaccine on 11/12/15 to my son as scheduled. Now days i have seen red spots on all over his body. Is this the side effect of the vaccine???How to cure it???

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Hi Swati! 2015-12-29 11:52:21
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Have you met your pead for a physical examination? 2015-12-29 11:52:52
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Normally, it so happens that measles vaccination can lead to rashes, but they should go after 24 hrs. 2015-12-29 11:54:20
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This is a side affect of the vaccination, but in case the rashes/spots continue, it needs to be shown to the pead for a physical examination. 2015-12-29 11:55:13
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My son is 8 months old and the government recently introduced ipv vaccine and suggesting that with t....

My son is 8 months old and the government recently introduced ipv vaccine and suggesting that with third dose of opv, ipv is mandatory. I am getting the vaccination done from government hospital from the beginning- and my son did not get ipv, so should i get him ipv also now?

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Hi Pallavi! Yes you should go ahead with the IPV vaccine as recommended by the government 2015-12-29 11:56:24
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There are different rates available fora same vaccine with different doctors?? How a common man be a....

There are different rates available fora same vaccine with different doctors?? How a common man be aware of medical terms

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Hi Chadrasekar! 2015-12-29 11:57:24
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The vaccines are provided by various firms/companies, and they price them differently 2015-12-29 11:57:53
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Doctors choose them basis the formulations and effectiveness , and hence they may recommend different medicines 2015-12-29 11:58:42
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My son is 2.5 mnths old. IPV which was due in 1.5 mnths and 2.5 mnths has not been given due to non....

My son is 2.5 mnths old. IPV which was due in 1.5 mnths and 2.5 mnths has not been given due to non availability. What is the duration which it can be postponed to..is there any problem if its delayed?? Kindly suggest

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Hi Kajal! 2015-12-29 11:59:24
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You could still get the IPV for your son, try not to miss going fwd 2015-12-29 12:00:22
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My son is 13 months old and is suffering from cold n flu constantly. His vaccine is upto date as per....

My son is 13 months old and is suffering from cold n flu constantly. His vaccine is upto date as per schedule. Do I have to give any SPL vaccine for cold n flu??

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Hi Sunita! Viral infections for children at this age is prevelant, also cross infections can happen from others. 2015-12-29 12:01:40
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You could focus on improving the immunity levels for your child and that would go a long way 2015-12-29 12:02:31
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Are vaccinations given in govt hospital safe And same what they give in private hospitals...my daugh....

Are vaccinations given in govt hospital safe And same what they give in private hospitals...my daughter is s month told and I hv to take her to first vaccination

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Hi Ayesha! - It's the same at government hospitals and safe. 2015-12-29 12:03:48
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Have seen adds on tv about that give injection with third drop of polio wat is that my baby is 4 mon....

Have seen adds on tv about that give injection with third drop of polio wat is that my baby is 4 months old and i have given him all three doses of vaccine which includes rotavirus hepatitis and oral polio does any other vaccines needed

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Hi Shahina! 2015-12-29 12:05:13
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What you may have seen could be the IPV 2015-12-29 12:07:44
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pneomoccoccal vaccine can be given apart from these 2015-12-29 12:09:54
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My baby is 3 months old and BCG ,Hep b ,opv has given at birth and pentavac. ,ipv. ,rotavirus vacci....

My baby is 3 months old and BCG ,Hep b ,opv has given at birth and pentavac. ,ipv. ,rotavirus vaccines by her 6 wks ,10wks.should I give pentavac and ipv again by 14 wks or quadrivac without hep b. Please clarify it Dr

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Hi Rajati! 2015-12-29 12:10:29
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In case you are giving pentavac, no hep B vaccine at 6 months 2015-12-29 12:11:59
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Further, you need to consult your pead as per the vaccination chat 2015-12-29 12:12:32
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My baby is 4months old n m not give him meningitis vaccination so is it ok to give it now

My baby is 4months old n m not give him meningitis vaccination so is it ok to give it now

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Hi Vaishali! 2015-12-29 12:13:19
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If HIB is not taken, then you could go ahead with this now too 2015-12-29 12:15:13
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In case HIB is already taken, then not required 2015-12-29 12:15:31
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I daughter is 12 months old. I gave her vaccine in govt hospital but 12 months vaccine (hep a)!is n....

I daughter is 12 months old. I gave her vaccine in govt hospital but 12 months vaccine (hep a)!is not given there.is this necessary for her..

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Hi Sonia! 2015-12-29 12:16:34
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HEP A is recommended by IAP 2015-12-29 12:20:58
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And You could give it to her as per IAP recommendation 2015-12-29 12:21:44
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My daughter is 3 months old and has her triple, injectible polio on 8th jan is it advisable to give....

My daughter is 3 months old and has her triple, injectible polio on 8th jan is it advisable to give oral polio on 19th jan as there is polio vaccination in my city on that day? Also when are the rabies vaccine given??

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Hi Gayatri! 2015-12-29 12:22:11
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Yes, you could go ahead with the polio vaccination 2015-12-29 12:22:52
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Pre exposure phrofile laxis could be taken anytime 2015-12-29 12:24:24
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Hello Doctor, My boy is 13 months old. He has had 2 episodes of intussusception. one when he was 5 m....

Hello Doctor, My boy is 13 months old. He has had 2 episodes of intussusception. one when he was 5 months old and one recently 3 weeks ago. His 12th month vaccination(Hep A1 and MMR2) is still due. Because he had ear infection and than the 2nd episode of intussusception. Is it safe to give vaccination now or should we wait for couple of more weeks?

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Hi Savitha! 2015-12-29 12:25:04
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You could go ahead with the vaccination now 2015-12-29 12:25:23
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My child is 37 months old and still doesn't speak more than six words what can I do to start him tal....

My child is 37 months old and still doesn't speak more than six words what can I do to start him talking

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Hi Niharika! 2015-12-29 12:26:09
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Considering your child is 3 years now, this seems to be delayed speech 2015-12-29 12:26:29
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I recommend you to meet a child psychologist (read speech therapist-child psychologist) soon 2015-12-29 12:27:07
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Hello doc. My son is 5month old. All his vaccines r up to date. His birth weight is 3kg. Now he i....

Hello doc. My son is 5month old. All his vaccines r up to date. His birth weight is 3kg. Now he is 6kg. Is the weight gain fine. He has cold n cough often. Please suggest some solution.

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Hi Tabbir! The weight gain seems to be more or less ok, though could have been better 2015-12-29 12:28:45
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You could read this for some tips - http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/a-guide-to-infant-weight-gain/622 2015-12-29 12:29:45
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Is the IPV vaccine running out of stock in mumbai? As my paed said so and i m waiting for the last o....

Is the IPV vaccine running out of stock in mumbai? As my paed said so and i m waiting for the last one(2 doses given already) to be given to my lo

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Hi Hiral! That could be true for the time being, though you could take the same after some time as well. 2015-12-29 12:30:31
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Hi my son was born under weight with 2.30 kg .. Now my son is one year and his weight is 7.5 kg .. I....

Hi my son was born under weight with 2.30 kg .. Now my son is one year and his weight is 7.5 kg .. Is he growing normally ? Is his weight perfect for His age ??

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Hi Kalpana! 2015-12-29 12:34:06
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Your son's weight though has improved, but could have been better. You could read this blog for some tips - http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/a-guide-to-infant-weight-gain/622 2015-12-29 12:36:06
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Hi Doctor, Good Afternoon My baby is of 10 months old. She was admitted in icu for 10 days due to j....

Hi Doctor, Good Afternoon My baby is of 10 months old. She was admitted in icu for 10 days due to jaundice,the very next day when she born. Due to that doctor suggested to give vaccination after 3 months. Till now we have done vaccination for her. 3 doses completed and the vaccine suppose to be done in 9 month have not been completed yet. Kindly suggest me on that vaccination can we do it for her now.

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Hi Gayathri! 2015-12-29 12:36:52
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Normally these vaccines have a range. For e.g. Measles and MMR are to be given at 9 months, but can be given till 12 months. So in case the vaccines are within their range, they could still be given. 2015-12-29 12:39:18
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Also, your child shall get the booster at 15 months which shall also help. 2015-12-29 12:39:44
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Hello doc... My baby is 6months old now, I have been in formula milk as I m not able to produce suf....

Hello doc... My baby is 6months old now, I have been in formula milk as I m not able to produce sufficient milk to over come my sons needs, So I was on lactogen, he used to not like it always cry while drinking, then I switched to enfamil he was happy with it but he would pass stools with very difficulty then I switched to similac Advance he was also ok with it but later on he started to vomit a lot, now im in enfamil. I just wanted to know whether enfamil is good should is proceed with it or go for anything else, I also felt like loss of weight in enfamil.. Please suggest me correct thing please

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Hi Lubna! 2015-12-29 12:40:57
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If your child has responded better to this one, which seems to be the case, you could continue with it. 2015-12-29 12:47:02
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You could also start with complimentary feed, 2015-12-29 12:47:30
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in fact that may reduce vomiting as well 2015-12-29 12:47:45
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Dear doctor, My baby is 5 months old. Could you advise me what needs to be done when my kid gets co....

Dear doctor, My baby is 5 months old. Could you advise me what needs to be done when my kid gets cough and cold. Also please advise when can I start giving solid foods as I am only breast feeding him.

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Hi Christeen! 2015-12-29 12:48:06
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You could start with semi solids once your child is around 6 months 2015-12-29 12:48:39
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Viral infections/ col and cough is prevelant, and is also spreading with cross infections 2015-12-29 12:49:13
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You could focus on improving your child's immunity 2015-12-29 12:49:47
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My 3 month old baby is suffering from dry cough and cold. Please suggest some remedy..

My 3 month old baby is suffering from dry cough and cold. Please suggest some remedy..

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Hi Nidhi! 2015-12-29 12:51:12
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While this would also need physical examination, you could consult your pead and examine, and then go ahead with the prescribed medication. 2015-12-29 12:54:17
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My daughter is 6 months old and she has given 3 tripple dose vaccination along with oral polio so ou....

My daughter is 6 months old and she has given 3 tripple dose vaccination along with oral polio so our doctor says now she will give vaccine to her on her 9th month is that all fine and okay please reply

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Hi Jyoti! 2015-12-29 12:54:36
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Seems like your doctor is following the national immunization calendar. This seems OK to me. 2015-12-29 12:55:30
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Is it OK to give 2 types of oral vaccines together like Polio drops and Rotavirus drops? Also, IPV i....

Is it OK to give 2 types of oral vaccines together like Polio drops and Rotavirus drops? Also, IPV is not available in the market right now. So is it OK to give the same after 2 months gap? In the file it mentions that the baby will be given 5 OPV's and 3 IPV's. Is it necessary to take the baby to the polio vaccine camps held by the government and give him additional drops?

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Hi Hetal! 2015-12-29 12:55:56
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Its ok to give the two oral vaccines mentioned by you 2015-12-29 12:56:24
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It is fine to give IPV after some time (within 2 months is fine) 2015-12-29 12:56:50
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The polio drops have been recommended by the government till an age of 5 years, irrespective of the immunization status. so you may go for it 2015-12-29 12:58:46
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Hi doc, my 10 month old baby suffering from constipation from last 2-3 days, he was crying while doi....

Hi doc, my 10 month old baby suffering from constipation from last 2-3 days, he was crying while doing potty. pls suggest.

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hi kanchan! 2015-12-29 12:59:09
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Usualluy constipation at this age is dietary. make sure you are giving lots of fluids 2015-12-29 12:59:27
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fiber diet will hep, if he is predominantly on milk, then you may need to reduce the amount and substitute with semi slids and fluids. 2015-12-29 13:00:01
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Hello doc. thanks for answering my question no. 5. My child is 18 months now and till now he has bee....

Hello doc. thanks for answering my question no. 5. My child is 18 months now and till now he has been recommended painless/feverless injection by doctors. I am really concerned now. Will it effect my child's immunity level?

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Hi Ritu! 2015-12-29 13:01:14
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Paineless injections have been in usage now from quite some time all over the World. 2015-12-29 13:02:12
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The new studies say that the DTWP is more effective as compared to the painless ones - DTAP 2015-12-29 13:02:54
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However, you could go for the normal vaccination at 18 months and make sure that you take all the DPT boosters as per the schedule 2015-12-29 13:03:30

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