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Paediatrics

Paediatrics

Children are different from adults in physiological, psychological as well as mental aspects. Their physical, mental and social requirements need special attention. The illnesses which they suffer from also need to be treated differently. At Eternal Hospital, we are committed in providing state-of-the-art care services to you and your child.

Eternal Hospital’s department of Paediatrics & Neonatology is committed to improving the health of newborns, children and adolescents under the age of 16. The department has a specialist team of professionals that includes neonatologists, intensive care specialists, paediatricians and counsellors whose mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare for the prevention and treatment of illnesses in newborns and children. Hospital provides outstanding paediatric and neonatal intensive care to babies and children with various ailments and tackles high risk pregnancies in a nurturing and supportive environment, well equipped with a unit of specialized neonatal incubators and other essential technologies.

Our team of pediatricians is extremely skilled and experienced in providing medical care with a holistic approach. They offer comprehensive care of the most superior quality to all patients up to the age of 16.

Treatment options

  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Congenital heart diseases
  • Assessment of behavioral problems and development delays
  • Evaluation of mental retardation, down syndrome
  • Congenital anomalies, evaluation and treatment
  • Hereditary and metabolic disorders
  • Genetic disorders, genetic counseling
  • Growth and development
  • Immunization
  • Epilepsy, neurological problems
  • Surgical problems in babies and children
  • Infections and infectious diseases

 

Symptoms of Chicken pox

The signs and symptoms of chickenpox are:

 A red, itchy rash, initially resembling insect bites, on your face, scalp, chest and back

Small, liquid-filled blisters that break open and crust over

Fever

Abdominal pain or loss of appetite

Mild headache

Uneasiness and discomfort (malaise) or irritability

A dry cough

Symptoms of Down Syndrome

Children with Down syndrome have a distinct facial appearance. Though not all children with Down syndrome have the same features, some of the more common features are:

Flattened facial features

Small head

Short neck

Protruding tongue

Upward slanting eyes, unusual for the child's ethnic group

Unusually shaped ears

Children with Down syndrome may also have:

Poor muscle tone

Broad, short hands with a single crease in the palm

Relatively short fingers

Excessive flexibility

 

Infants with Down syndrome may be of average size, but typically they grow slowly and remain shorter than the other children of a similar age. The doctors specialize in handling sick and fragile newborns

  • NICU
  • PICU
  • Paediatric Counselling
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Video

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit : Neonatology is the specialized care of the sick new born including premature and tiny babies.

The NICU is equipped with latest technology in compliance with international standards such as Multifunctional Monitors; Conventional Ventilators; Non-invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV); Dedicated Nasal CPAP devices; Blood Gas Analyzer; Incubator Care; Servo Controlled Digital Open Care Warmers; Double Surface Photo Therapy; Digital Syringe & Infusion Pumps. Experts in Developmental Supportive Care, include neonatologists, critical care specialists and intensivists. This  caters to premature babies with special needs and those born after high-risk pregnancies such as following in vitro fertilization. The unit provides pre and postoperative management of neonatal emergencies.

The ICU team is highly qualified with experience abroad and is capable of dealing with complicated surgical cases.

Parents of babies admitted to the unit are allowed unlimited access to visit the baby. They are encouraged to actively participate in the day-to-day care of their baby. The unit conducts regular antenatal classes for expectant mothers. This increases awareness of the process of labor and birthing and prepares them for the time of delivery. Fathers are also encouraged to be present at the time of delivery.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit : Pediatric Intensive Care unit at Eternal Hospital is a nine-bedded state-of-the-art unit with all modern facilities. The unit cares for the very sick children from the age of 28 days to 16 years.

The unit has the capacity to ventilate up to seven patients at a time and has the most modern ventilators and monitoring systems available. It cares for critically ill children with a wide range of conditions including septicemia, shock, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal and cardiac conditions. The unit is well staffed keeping the needs of small children in mind.

Many critically ill children require a multi-disciplinary effort and the unit is well backed by 24-hour support of all pediatric and pediatric surgery subspecialties including neurology, gastroenterology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Endocrinology and Rheumatology.

The nurses are well trained and handpicked with special interest in caring for the children. The unit has a 1:1 staffing for all critically ill children for optimal monitoring and management.

We put great emphasis on infection control at all levels including adhering to strict hand-washing protocols for the visitors. These measures have stood us well and we have been able to keep infections well under control. Pediatric critical care transport services are available round the clock from all referral areas by ground transport or air ambulances.

Some state-of-the-art facilities available in the unit are:

·         Cardiac Output monitoring

·         High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV).

·         Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (Dialysis) for infants and children

·         Molecular Adsorbent Recycling System (MARS) therapy for liver failure

·         Flexible bronchoscopy for all ages

Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation: Expert evaluation and assessment of developmental disorders in children such as developmental delay, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and learning disabilities backed by a comprehensive rehabilitation programme for the physical and mental handicaps arising from these conditions is available.

An ongoing high-risk infant follow-up program coordinated between neonatology and developmental pediatrics helps to identify infants showing developmental compromise and provides early intervention therapy by a multidisciplinary team from as early as the first six months of life.

Psychological and Behavior Counseling : Psychological and behavioral counseling services address emotional, behavioral and scholastic problems of children. Delayed developmental milestones learning difficulties, poor concentration, conduct disorders, interpersonal relationship problems, coping with stress are handled by experienced staff in a supportive environment.

Serving the emotional needs of children, adolescents and their families Children, adolescents, and infants have many ways to communicate emotional distress.

Sometimes children and adolescents

o    Feel very unhappy, worried, or frightened for reasons they cannot explain.

o    Cling to their parents because they are fearful

o    Cannot channel their energy and creativity in ways that develop their potential.

o    Do not know how to make friends or get along with others at school or in the family

o    Act meanly or aggressively

o    Can't learn in school

o    Are restless or cannot concentrate.

o    Have negative attitudes toward themselves

 

Such behaviors and feelings often interfere with a child’s sense of well-being and capacity for emotional, social and intellectual development. If these problems do not resolve with time and support from parents, teachers, or friends, professional assistance can be effective.

Assessment : Every inquiry begins with an evaluation that includes parents and child and information from other sources as needed. The goal is to determine the nature of the problem and develop an individualized treatment plan based on the child's needs Certain psychological test are also conducted if desired.

Psychotherapy : is designed to help with immediate crises as well as ongoing or behavioral problems. Therapy sessions may be once or twice a week, in addition to collaborative work with parents.

Play Therapy : Play therapy focuses on a child’s need to express themselves through the use of play and toys. In play therapy children have access to a variety of things like art supplies, sand and sand toys, storytelling aids, and toys for dramatic and fantasy play through which they recreate the emotional experiences they are struggling with internally.

Children need an outlet to share their feelings and experiences, a safe place. We create that place for them.

Nutrition Support : The pediatric dietitians are experienced in managing a variety of clinical conditions such as celiac disease, cow’s milk allergy that require skilled dietetic input. They have expertise in the dietary management of various inborn errors of metabolism, pre & post surgery/ transplant rehabilitation pertaining to congenital multi-organ abnormalities.

Pediatric and Neonatal Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery :  It features a unique neonatal and pediatric congenital heart disease program that provides expertise in every area of pediatric and congenital heart care. Our team members are in tune with the special needs of the tiniest of heart patients.

Services offered include non-invasive diagnostics services with digitized Echo machine; cardiac catheterization suites for diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations including neonatal interventions, balloon angioplasty, device closure of ASD, PDA, VSD, cardiac biopsy, balloon septostomy, stenting of blood vessels including neonates and electrical problems (arrhythmias) of the heart of newborn and children.

Children and babies need a certain level of care in handling, specially when they have cardiac problems. This becomes even more critical in neonatal cases. They need special infrastructure, treatment and doctors.

 

Immunization : Vaccinations work by exposing our body to an infection so that we develop immunity to it. Some vaccinations are given orally, others by injection. The advantage of a vaccine is that instead of getting the full-blown disease, we can get immunized by taking in a weak version of the infection. So we get immune to a disease without first having to be sick.

If your child is immunized against an illness, the chances of getting that illness are reduced to a great extent since your child's body has already made antibodies against it. Immunization is the most effective method of protecting your child from certain serious infections.

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