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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   Hi...
User :   I have a query on behalf of my son who is 2.5 years old
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   pls go ahead
User :   we are feeling his physical growth is not enough...
User :   He is short and weighs only 10.5 Kgs now...
Doctor :   Is there any particular reason for this?

Doctor :   opk
User :   Other kids of his age are much bigger...
Doctor :   what is his length/height?
User :   Oh!! I current don have that info.. But i can get it...
User :   But i am comparing him to other kids of same age in fact born in same month...
Doctor :   ok

User :   What can we do??
Doctor :   Was he premature?
User :   No he wasnt ...
User :   His birth weight was 2.5Kgs
Doctor :   Are you seeing a paediatrician every month to monitor his growth?

Doctor :   ok
User :   Yes...
User :   She say that he is following his birth curve... No need to worry...
User :   She doesnt give any boosting medicines...
Doctor :   ok
User :   Even he isnt eating well.... We spend around 1 hour per eating session for him to eat...
Doctor :   How are your son's eating habits- according to the volume of food?
Doctor :   And is he otherwise active?
User :   Yes... He is very active... Actually hyperactive...
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :   Every child is different
User :   He eats just a cup of rice for lunch and dinner each
User :   He doesnt eat anything other than is main food (i.e Rice)
Doctor :   so dont compare your child to others when it comes to growth
Doctor :   Are all his mesurements- like mid arm circumference etc being measured as well?
User :   No fruits, no vegetables, no sweets... He is very fond of icecream and chocolates...
User :   No .. They measure only his height, weight and head circumference...
User :   Why do you say dont compare?
Doctor :   Because different children have different rates of growth
Doctor :   some grow much faster and some morte slowly
Doctor :   Do you get him dewormed regularly?

User :   No we havent got him dewormed until now...

User :   Do you have any prescription for deworming??
User :   What method should we use for deworm??
User :   Is it a good practice to deworm?
Doctor :   Does he have contact with any pets/ play out side in sand?

User :   No contact with pets...
Doctor :   In india yes- because kids can get worm infestations easily
User :   He plays outside in sand ...but not very frequently...
Doctor :   when they play in sand/mud
Doctor :   or from other children who do
User :   What medicine should we use for deworming...?
User :   But deworming would not increase his appetite right.. It would kill his appetite...
Doctor :   YOu need a presciption for that medicine- it is a single dose only

Doctor :   and no sometimes children dont eat well if they have worm infestation
User :   Oh!! Ok...
Doctor :   you can get a stool examination done first and then
Doctor :   go for deworming after confirming if he has worms

Doctor :   but get it done in a good lab
User :   Ok...
User :   What is the stool test??
User :   what should i tell the lab?
Doctor :   you collect a sample of the babys motions and get

Doctor :   a stool microscopic examination done
Doctor :   to see if there are any worms/ eggs
Doctor :   the first sample in the morning is best
User :   Ok...
Doctor :   the lab will give you a small container to collect it
Doctor :   collect the sample and give it to the lab
User :   Ok...

User :   Is there any medicine to boost his growth particularly his height ...
Doctor :   IS your family on the taller side/average?

User :   average

Doctor :   ok
User :   I am 5'4" and my wife is 5'2"
User :   My dad is 5'2" and Mom is 5"
Doctor :   ok

User :   But my grandfather is tall 6"
User :   6'
Doctor :   DOnt worry too much about your nsons growth
User :   What should we focus on...
Doctor :   As long as he is following his growth curve
Doctor :   Him eating well is first
Doctor :   Give him a wide choice of food
Doctor :   and avoid giving him food from outside
Doctor :   give him home cooked foods as far sas
Doctor :   possible
Doctor :   AS your son was 2-1/2 years old
Doctor :   he will be a little fussy about eating
Doctor :   dodnt worry too much
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
Doctor :   thanks for consulting Health care magic

Doctor :   do get back if you need any more help
Doctor :   Bye
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