Paediatrics & Neonatology

Caring Hearts. Touching Lives.

With an eminent team of doctors, Aster Hospitals provides integrated care in a wide spectrum of paediatric specialities. We are guided by our commitment to excellence and high standards of patient care, providing the best health care to all from the neonatal period to adolescence. 

Our centres offer a whole spectrum of services for children and adolescents, which includes Pediatric Emergency and Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Well baby clinic, Pediatric Neurology and Child Development clinic, Pediatric Immunology and Rheumatology services, Pediatric Infectious disease services, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Hepatology and Gastroenterology services, Pediatric Allergy, Pediatric Nephro-Uro and Pediatric Cardiac services.

Aster Hospitals have paediatric intensive care (PICU) catering to a wide variety of specialities. Our PICU has state-of-the-art equipment & ventilators allow treatment methodologies appropriate to the care of the child. A full range of organ transplant procedures are also available, should any child require it. 

Our team of doctors are most dedicated and committed to their patients. Our consultants are trained in specialized paediatric procedures from the world’s best institutes and widely respected in their field in the country. Our Doctors & Paramedics are skilled and most committed to the health of the children and ensure we are there with the family at every step of your child’s treatment journey.

Aster Hospitals also have paediatric intensive care (PICU) catering to a wide variety of specialities.  Our PICU has state-of-the-art equipment & ventilators allow treatment methodologies appropriate to the care of the child. A full range of organ transplant procedures are also available, should any child require it. 

Apart from India, we also get a significant number of overseas patients in the need of specialized care.

Available Hospitals

We provide excellent care, right from diagnosis to the treatment and beyond at our world-class hospitals

Our Doctors

We have some of the best specialists from around the world, they bring years of experience and offer evidence-based treatment to ensure the best care for you.


We provide comprehensive treatment for all types diseases under one roof. Our highly experienced doctors supported by especially trained clinical staff, ensure the best care for you.


Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Care of Extreme Preterm

(>  23 weeks and above 400 grams)

The unit has an excellent blend of neonatologists trained in Canada, UK, and India. With this experience, the team has the ability to manage any extreme preterms (>350 gm and more than 22 weeks). The past experience data has shown excellent outcomes both short term and long term with the least mortality when compared to any top centres of the world.

Peritoneal dialysis
Bedside echo, cranial USG & x-ray
USG guided central venous & arterial access
Technology & Infrastructure
  • Paediatric esophagoscopes, gastroscopes, bronchoscopes and colonoscopes.
  • Paediatric and neonatal resectoscopes & cystoscopes.
  • Paediatric and neonatal laparoscopic instrumentation.
  • Robotic instrumentation
  • State of the art Pathology, Microbiology and Histopathology with special immunohistochemistry analysis.
Day care surgeries
Audiology services
Speech therapy
High-end Incubators & Warmers

The NICU is equipped with giraffe omniBed care stations, giraffe infant care incubators and high-end resuscitation warmers etc. Combining with state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and exceptional thermal performance it creates a healing environment to help newborns thrive.

CPAP/ High flow ventilation
Inhaled Nitric Oxide

The unit is equipped with SLE Inosys Nitric Oxide (NO) delivery and monitoring system, which delivers Nitric Oxide. This is an advanced therapy for the management of babies with severe pulmonary hypertension. This modality is useful in babies born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and in those with severe meconium aspiration syndrome.

Advanced Ventilation

The unit is also unit is equipped with SLE6000 ventilators, the most advanced ventilators available so far. It provides invasive and non-invasive ventilation. The unit also provides advanced ventilation in the form of Nasal Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV), and High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV).

Resuscitation Stations

The unit offers newborn resuscitation corners in the labour rooms and maternal OTs. The arrangement can also handle twin deliveries. These stations have inbuilt T-piece devices, air oxygen blenders, suction apparatus and timers.

Amplitude Integrated EEG

Only a few NICUs in India is equipped with facilities like Amplitude integrated EEG, that is used to monitor subclinical seizures in cooled and seizure babies. It also helps the team to predict neurodevelopmental outcomes in birth asphyxia babies.

Total Body Cooling

The NICU has a servo-controlled machine that enables the doctors to treat babies born with birth asphyxia. With this equipment, the temperature is reduced to 33.5°C and can be maintained at that level for 3 days. This treatment has been shown to significantly improve the outcomes in babies.

Point of Care Ultrasound

The team performs 2D echocardiograms, cranial and lung ultra-sonograms using the bedside sonogram machine. This is used to treat patients with PDA, PPHN, shock, IVH, PVL, air leak etc.

Laminar Flow

To maintain highly sterile conditions, the NICU is equipped with laminar flow hood for fluid preparation and TPN preparation. This keeps infection rates to minimum.

State of Art Neonatal Transport Ambulance

Aster Hospital's Neonatal Transport Service is highly equipped with the intensive-care environment, it provides swift service for newborns in need of specialised critical care services. It is operated by a multidisciplinary team of experts who involve the usage of advanced technology.

On the arrival of Neonatal Transport Ambulance to Aster Hospital, the newborns are shifted to the NICU department where infants are put under the treatment curated by a highly trained team of Neonatologists.

The Neonatal Transport Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Each transport unit includes:
•    Total body cooling therapy
•    Ventilation
•    Nitric oxide
•    Enhanced vehicle hydraulics to ensure a smoother ride
•    Ambient lighting to enhance relaxation

Specialty Clinics & Programmes
  • Neurocritical care and trauma center
  • Childhood Stroke Program
  • Epilepsy clinic
  • Ketogenic Diet Clinic
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic
  • Neurofibromatosis Clinic
  • Neuromuscular clinic
  • Headache Clinic
  • High-risk baby follow up clinic
  • Child guidance clinic (ADHD, LD)
  • Autism clinic
  • Cerebral palsy clinic
State of the art technology

Dept of Pediatrics at MIMS has expanded by leaps and bounds; we started off with a good Neonatal Intensive Unit and a general pediatric department in 2002. In the year 2004, in addition to existing clinics The department started different speciality clinics like pediatric Asthma Clinic, Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic and Child Development Clinic. The department has conducted state level CMEs in Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Rheumatology. Our Pediatric Asthma Clinic is conducted with the support of Pulmonology department. Patient education regarding Inhaler Therapy and Prevention of Asthma are highlighted in these clinics. The Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic started with the help of Rheumatology department is the first of its kind in the state. The Child Development Clinic was started with the aim to follow up high risk babies and normal babies for detection of early developmental aberrations so that early help can be instituted. The clinic offers a package of multispecialities which includes ENT, Ophthalmology, Physical Medicine. In special circumstances services of Orthopaedic Surgeon, Child Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists are sought.

Pediatric ICU
Pediatric Ventilation
All Pediatric Procedures including Bone Marrow, Liver Biopsy, Bronchoscopy
Pediatric Asthma Clinic
Pediatric Developmental assessment
IQ Testing
Vaccination services
Pediatric Neurology clinic
Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic


Most infants admitted to the NICU are untimely (delivered before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (under 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires unique care. Almost a large portion of a million children are delivered preterm, and a significant number of these infants likewise have low birth weights. Twins, triplets, frequently are admitted to the NICU, as they have a tendency to be delivered before than single birth children. Babies with medical conditions, for example, heart issues, or birth deformities are likewise watched over in the NICU. NICU at Aster MIMS Kottakkal is equipped with a best in class level 3 NICU under the direction of all around trained and qualified Neonatologists. We gather in appropriate proof based administration at reasonable cost. The NICU has exceptional offices for, cutting edge neonatal ventilation including high recurrence ventilation, care of to a great degree low weight infants, extraordinary care for postoperative checking (counting cardiovascular cases), surfactant administration, exchange transfusion, total parenteral nourishment, Central venous catheterization


Our PICU offers access to subspecialties and the most exceptional technologies accessible, and is devoted to giving the largest medical care to our pediatric patients. Subspecialty administrations accessible through the PICU incorporate cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary, general surgery, oncology, hematology, and bone marrow transplant.

Care in the PICU dependably gives family-focused treatment that is formatively and age-centered, empathetic, and effective for the treatment of different medical issues. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit gives round the clock services to basically sick newborn infants and children, overseen by extraordinarily trained and experienced work force under direct supervision of pediatric specialists.

The facilities include

  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilators 
  • LED phototherapy and consistent multi-parameter checking consolidated with devoted nursing care
  • Pediatric ventilator
  • Pediatric indoor admissions
  • Central venous catheterization
  • Specially trained staff etc.
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Aster Medcity offers a dedicated 10 bedded Level 3 Pediatric Intensive Unit equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and diagnostic equipment. Manned 24/7 by a team internationally trained Pediatric Intensive Care Physicians and Nurses who stand for ethical and evidence based practices, the PICU provides advanced organ support for critically ill children and life-support services including mechanical ventilation like HFOV and Inhaled Nitric Oxide Therapy. The Unit, for the first time in Kerala, offers Pediatric Intensive Care Retrieval service, where the Retrieval Team, comprising Pediatric Intensive Care Physicians and Nurses triage, stabilise and transport critically ill children in an ambulance that is a Level 3 Paediatric Intensive Care Unit by itself, from peripheral hospitals to Aster Medcity.

The Unit also offers:

Invasive cardiovascular monitoring and support including extra corporeal life support Advanced renal support like CVVH and hemodialysis for children
Post-operative care for children who have had specialised surgery at Aster Medcity
Multi-disciplinary in approach and works closely with other Specialities for Pediatric surgery like Oncology, Neurology, Renal, Spinal Surgery, ENT, Respiratory and Endocrinology
Multi-disciplinary in approach for trauma care with support from specialist teams including Neurosurgery, Pediatric surgery, and Pediatric Orthopedics, ENT and Craniofacial surgery
Round the clock triaging and pre-transport stabilisation advice to assist Retrieval
Zero tolerance for error prescription policy
100 % adherence to infection control practices
Dedicated team to address patient safety and risk management
Allied services including Respiratory Therapists, Dietician , Clinical Pharmacists and Physiotherapists
Counselling and Psychosocial services for bystanders and focus for creating a stress free environment during the most difficult period in their lives

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


Endo tracheal intubation
Umbilical line placement
Chest tube placement
Percutaneous (PICC) line placement
Ventilator support including high frequency ventilation + inhaled nitric-oxide treatment
Intravenous access and maintenance
Total Body Cooling
Exchange transfusion
Hemodynamic monitoring
Total parenteral nutrition
Oxygen saturation monitoring
Surfactant therapy
Per Oral/tube feeding
Promotion of breast feeding and lactation assistance/advice
Peritoneal dialysis
Developmental interventions - Environmental and Developmental Care of Infants

The Child Development Centre

The Child Development Centre at Aster Medcity is a dedicated clinic for differently abled children, providing customised treatment through early identification, intervention, school age and specialised services. Community based, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the child at all stages of development, these services are delivered in a culture of excellence, diversity and respect, with focus on quality, stability, innovation and positive out come for both the child and his or her family.

The treatment strategy is planned after a detailed assessment by way of “scores” based on the way the child plays with toys, interacts with friends and also information provided by parents on his or her behavioural pattern, food and sleep habits, with inputs from Developmental Paediatrics, Child Psychiatry, Child Psychology, Speech and Language, Hearing, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy departments and also Special instructors and Play therapists. The behavioural and developmental interface addresses common conditions like Attention deficit disorder, Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism spectrum disorder.

Comprehensive Care

We offer specialised treatment for children with conditions including:

  • Headache
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Stroke
  • Mitochondrial and metabolic disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities - Like Autism and ADHD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Brain tumors and conditions requiring surgery
  • Genetic neurological disorders and rare brain diseases
  • Neonatal neurological conditions, even in high-risk newborns
Expert Team

The Aster KIND team comprises experts from various subspecialties who with a multidisciplinary approach to provide optimal, evidence-based to children.

  • Paediatric Neurologist
  • Developmental Paediatrician
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Neuro Ophthalmologist
  • Neuro Oncologist
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Developmental Therapist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Play therapist
  • Special educators
  • Dietician
  • Social workers
Key facilities for Paediatrics & Neonatology

Neonatal resuscitation
Newborn care
Management of pediatric and neonatal emergencies

Clinical Support Services
  • Audiology
  • Behavioral health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Social work
  • Rapid-response team
  • Paediatric pain management
Aster Neuro Developmental Unit

An advanced facility for treating Neurodevelopmental disorders in children, the expert team of doctors and therapists at the Aster Neurodevelopmental Unit believes in incorporating the latest scientific concepts to empower and enable differently-abled children to be a part of society.

  • Assessment of children with developmental and behavioral concerns
  • Multi-disciplinary intervention services
  • Referrals to community services
  • Parental guidance for child development
  • Counseling and support for families of children with developmental and behavioral problems
  • Liaison with schools on children with learning problems - Placement of children with special needs for training and education
  • Collaboration with Primary Health and Community
  • Services for early identification of children with developmental and behavioural problems, to facilitate early intervention
Neuro Rehabilitation & Psychological Care
  • Patient & family services: family resource centre with family support specialists and Paediatric Psychologists.
  • Evaluation of bio-behavioural aspects of primary illness along the road from diagnosis to post-recovery and providing right guidance.
  • Working with the family and caregivers to cope with the stress of living with a physical illness.
  • Assistance in developing tools that the child and his/her family require to manage the acute phase of the child’s condition.
  • Management of the child’s emotional and physical pain in a manner that’s appropriate to his or her age.
  • Support to manage stress/ normal/ abnormal reaction to illness.
  • Identifying psychopathology and planning a customised, multidisciplinary treatment strategy that includes psycho-education, supportive psychotherapy, relaxation training, cognitive behavioural therapy and pyschopharmacology.
  • Combining individual treatment, family-based treatment and community resources to ensure the best possible outcome.
Cardiac ductal ligation in NICU
High frequency neonatal ventilation and conventional mode
Special comprehensive warmers with resuscitation facility
LED phototherapy, Double volume exchange transfusion
Partial exchange transfusion


Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What are paediatrics and neonatology?

Paediatrics is the speciality of medical science dealing with the physical, mental and social health of infants, children and adolescents from birth to young adulthood (up to 18yrs of age).
Neonatology is the sub-speciality of paediatrics that consists of newborn infants’ medical care, especially the ill or premature newborn.

What equipment is used in NICU?

Our NICU is the state of art level IV NICU facility with a good patient-to-nurse ratio and a highly skilled specialist available around the clock offering the highest standards of neonatal care.  Our NICU is equipped with advanced neonatal incubators, including transport incubators, invasive and noninvasive ventilators, high-frequency ventilators, transport ventilators, LED, phototherapy units, multiple monitors, invasive blood pressure monitors.

The concept of keeping baby and mother together has been well established, and we try to maintain the same. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth and frequent lactation counselling to ensure adequate and fruitful lactation are emphasised to all mothers.

We treat all the complicated cases like severe RDS, congenital pneumonia, birth asphyxia requiring ventilation and therapeutic hypothermia, PPHN, congenital heart disease and other surgical emergencies, neonatal injuries, haematological and metabolic conditions, case of extremely premature and extremely LBW babies, NNT requiring IV immunoglobulin’s or exchange transfusion central lines, umbilical catheter ICD tubes, PD catheters are well placed.

All the preterm babies and sick babies are exposed to early intervention programs right from NICU, and we understand that optimum development occurs only with psychological well being. We provide kangaroo mother care and family-centred care as a part of a comprehensive approach to preterm care.

Our department works in conjunction with various sub-specialities to provide multidisciplinary and comprehensive services.

Vaccinations are initiated in the hospital and followed up in our immunisation clinic.

Follow up care of preterm and high-risk babies is provided at over high-risk clinics with developmental assessment and educating need for ROP screening, BERA, regular physical therapy.

We provide antenatal counselling, genetic counselling apart from adequate support for parents.

What does a pediatric doctor do?

The pediatric doctor sees your baby many times from birth to 18 yrs of age. Do general examinations, vaccines asses’ growth and developmental milestones in behaviour and skills, diagnosis and treat your child illness, infections, injuries and other health problems. Educates and gives information about your Child’s health, safety, nutrition and fitness needs, refers and collaborates with pediatric specialists if a child needs care beyond the paediatrician expertise.

What are the most common childhood diseases?

  • Infectious diseases like flu, gastroenteritis, hand foot mouth diseases, malaria, chickenpox, dengue
  • Congenital anomalies and syndromes
  • Allergic diseases and asthma
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Prematurity
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Surgical illness
  • Nutritional deficiency disorder
  • Developmental and behavioral problems
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Injuries and poisoning

What are immunizations and why are they important for my child

Vaccinations help children build immunity to many common diseases, such as tetanus, polio, measles, and mumps. Vaccinations inject weakened forms of disease germs into your child’s body and allow their immune system to produce antibodies to fight the disease. The antibodies fight the infections to ensure your child’s health and well-being. The best paediatricians will tell you that vaccination is a key step in building immunity

What should I do if I have a question concerning my child's health

You can immediately approach a general physician or a family physician to pose queries and clear doubts about your child’s health. Based on their recommendation, you can approach a paediatrician if the problem at hand is serious and requires a specialist’s attention. Don’t hesitate to see the best paediatrician and child specialist when you are not clear about what is bothering your child

Who is a paediatric surgeon

Pediatric surgeons operate on children from newborns to young adults. They collaborate and consult with pediatricians and other physicians before and after surgery. Pediatric surgery involves the surgery of fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults

What Does a Paediatrician Do?

They're also the first person to call whenever your child is sick., your paediatrician will:

  • Do physical exams
  • Give your child vaccinations
  • Make sure they meet milestones in growth, behaviour, and skills
  • Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
  • Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs

How often should my child see the paediatrician?

Your child should not only see the paediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or check-ups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are extremely safe and serious side effects are rare. Almost all sickness or discomfort after vaccination is minor and temporary, such as soreness at the injection site or mild fever.

What is the most common heart disease in children?

The most common type of heart defect is a ventricular septal defect (VSD).

What is neuroscience?

Neurosciences is a scientific study of the nervous system. This is a multidisciplinary branch that deals with the cellular, functional, behavioral, evolutionary, computational, molecular, and medical aspects of the nervous system. Neurosciences also focuses on the human brain and analyzes how it regulates our body and our behavior.

 What are some of the most common pediatric surgeries?

Some of the most common pediatric surgeries cater to - swelling and lesions on the body, ear deformities, abnormal mass or swelling in the body, chest wall abnormalities, lung lesions, diaphragm defects, bowel atresia, lesions in the stomach, intestine, pancreatic lesions, liver lesions, kidney lesions, VUR, PUJO, VUJO, bladder lesions, hypospadias, epispadias, penile lesions, limb abnormalities, ano rectal malformations, teratomas, hepatoblastoma, neuroblastoma, Wilm's tumor, vascular malformations, hernia malformations, hernia r repair, appendectomy, circumcision, and correction of congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate. These surgeries can relieve pain, infections, and breathing problems. Additionally, they can correct physical deformities that can affect a child's appearance and social development.

 What are the risks associated with pediatric surgery?

Like any surgery, pediatric surgery carries certain risks, including bleeding, infection, and complications related to anesthesia. However, with proper preparation and care, the risk of these complications can be minimized. It's imperative to get detailed information from your healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as any possible side effects. Additionally, the surgeon should review the patient's old and current medical records since the child has a long life ahead of him or her. These details will be needed to discuss future treatment and to determine whether any medications might increase the risk of complications.

 How long does it take for a child to recover from pediatric surgery?

The recovery time for pediatric surgery depends on the type of surgery and the child's condition. In general, children are more labile than adults and may require intensive care post-operatively. They require continuous monitoring and a rapid action team to address any issues.

 What are the long-term effects of pediatric surgery?

The long-term effects of pediatric surgery depend on the type of surgery and the child's condition. In some cases, children may experience complications or require additional surgeries. The mental trauma of a hospitalization and surgical procedure is often underestimated. This requires a case-by-case approach to informing the child and helping the child recover. It is critical to discuss the risks and potential long-term effects of any surgery with a pediatric surgeon before deciding to proceed. Follow-up visits with the doctor should also be scheduled to monitor the child's progress and address any potential issues.

 What should parents do if they have concerns about their child's surgery?

Parents should communicate any concerns they have about their child's surgery with their child's surgeon and healthcare team. They can also seek a second opinion or consult with other healthcare professionals to ensure they are making informed decisions about their child's care. This is important because it allows them to get a complete understanding of the risks and benefits of the surgery, and to make sure that the best possible care is provided for their child. It also helps them to feel secure in their decision and to feel like they are being heard and respected by their healthcare team.

Why has paediatric endocrinology become important?

The endocrine disorders that affect children are different from those seen in adults. The management of these disorders requires a depth of knowledge and expertise which is often beyond that can be attained by general practitioners in this specialty. 

Paediatric endocrinologists are specifically trained to have a better understanding of these disorders and their impact on different stages of growth and development of your child. They are also trained specifically to handle children and address the concerns of the families, making a timely diagnosis and initiation of treatment when indicated, and specific monitoring of certain disorders.

The Paediatric endocrinology history is often detailed, in depth and followed by a thorough and complete examination of your child in order to put together a comprehensive assessment and best possible plan for your child.

How do I know if I have damaged my lungs?

Lung damage can be assessed Screening by PFT/spirometry (lung function) and HRCT CHEST.

What are the early signs of lung disease?

Unproportionate breathlessness i.e. difficulty breathing even for routine daily activities.

Cough not responding to homemade therapies/ OTC drugs.

Hoarseness of voice.

Early Morning bringing out more quantity of expectoration/phlegm/sputum.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common respiratory disorder in which your airways become inflamed. It occurs in children and adults.

What does Asthma feel like?

You will experience coughing, tightening in chest, whistling sound in the chest etc when exposed to dust. Consult the Best Pulmonologist in Bangalore to know more about Asthma signs and symptoms.

How does someone develop asthma?

One may develop Asthma due to genetics, environmental factors, respiratory infections, air pollutants etc.

What is the relation between Allergies and Asthma?

Yes, 60-70% of patients present with sneezing, itching, nasal stuffiness etc are associated with allergies and asthma.

What are symptoms of asthma?

Asthma can present with episodic cough, wheeze, and chest tightness. It can be associated with nasal allergy symptoms such as running nose, sneezing episodes.

Can Asthma be life threatening?

Yes. Especially if asthma is not well controlled, it can be life threatening. Patients with certain types of asthma may develop severe symptoms in a short duration of time. We need to be extra cautious with such patients.

How to prevent serious asthma attacks?

Use your inhalers regularly as per your prescription Avoid triggering factors like exposure to dust, pollen etc. Discuss with your pulmonologist about Asthma action plan Don`t miss your annual FLU vaccination Do regular exercise, yoga and meditation Take seasonal fruits, avoid junk food

Who is a pediatric pulmonologist?

A pediatric pulmonologist is an experienced and qualified doctor who has expertise in diagnosing, treating, and managing from newborn to 18 years old for breathing and lung diseases.

If I visit the pediatric pulmonology center at Aster, I can get treatment for which pulmonology diseases for my child.

  • Our team manages, acute and long-term respiratory conditions through our evidence-based and latest treatments. 
  • Our pulmonologists specialize in Bronchiectasis, Cystic fibrosis, Primary ciliary dyskinesias, Immunodeficiencies 
  • We conduct dedicated bimonthly state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinics gathering all specialties under one roof and providing support groups

What are the common pulmonary/ lung diseases in children?

  • Chronic cough 
  • Wheezing 
  • Pneumonia
  • Exercise limitation
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Lung diseases in infants include chronic lung diseases like bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Can respiratory diseases be allergic?

Yes, respiratory diseases can be allergic and affect breathing in children. If, the child is creating a wheezing sound while breathing or if there is rapid breathing or shortness of breath it might be a sign of allergic respiratory infection. A dry cough with clear mucus also indicates that it can be an allergy.

Can my newborn baby be suffering from pulmonary disease?

A newborn baby may have Newborn respiratory distress syndrome if the lungs are not fully developed and are not providing enough oxygen, which may cause breathing difficulty. This condition has been usually observed in newborn babies.

What is the difference between neonatologists and pediatricians?

The paediatrician is a physician who is specially trained in concerned with the health, nutrition, welfare, development, and diseases of children, adolescents, and young adults.

A neonatologist is a physician practicing neonatology who initially receives training as a pediatrician and then completes additional training in neonatology.

What type of support services do you offer in the NICU and the hospital for parents?

Our NICU is the state of art level IV NICU facility with a good patient-to-nurse ratio and a highly skilled specialist available around the clock offering the highest standards of neonatal care.  Our NICU is equipped with advanced neonatal incubators, including transport incubators, invasive and non-invasive ventilators, high-frequency ventilators, transport ventilators, LED, phototherapy units, multiple monitors, invasive blood pressure monitors.

The concept of keeping baby and mother together has been well established, and we try to maintain the same. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth and frequent lactation counselling to ensure adequate and fruitful lactation are emphasised to all mothers.

We treat all the complicated cases like severe RDS, congenital pneumonia, birth asphyxia requiring ventilation and therapeutic hypothermia, PPHN, congenital heart disease and other surgical emergencies, neonatal injuries, haematological and metabolic conditions, case of extremely premature and extremely LBW babies, NNT requiring IV immunoglobulin’s or exchange transfusion central lines, umbilical catheter ICD tubes, PD catheters are well placed.

All the preterm babies and sick babies are exposed to early intervention programs right from NICU, and we understand that optimum development occurs only with psychological well being. We provide kangaroo mother care and family-centred care as a part of a comprehensive approach to preterm care.

Our department works in conjunction with various sub-specialities to provide multidisciplinary and comprehensive services.

Vaccinations are initiated in the hospital and followed up in our immunisation clinic.

Follow up care of preterm and high-risk babies is provided at over high-risk clinics with developmental assessment and educating need for ROP screening, BERA, regular physical therapy.

We provide antenatal counselling, genetic counselling apart from adequate support for parents.

Can I stay somewhere near my baby?

Yes, our Ramesh hospital; believes in taking all measures to keep mother and child close. We encourage frequent visits of the parents to the NICU and spend some time with the baby. We also have the facility of kangaroo mother care where the mother takes care of her preterm baby in a separate ward under the supervision and aims at family center care.

Who is a pediatrician

Pediatricians are medical doctors who have undergone specialized training in the health and wellness of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults

How can I help prevent infection

There are several measures you can take as a parent to avoid your child getting sick. We all carry germs. It is crucial to wash your hands and your child's hands frequently to ward off germs and harmful bacteria. Hand sanitizer dispensers are useful in washing hands. Consult top child specialists if you seek more knowledge about this crucial preventive measure

What do paediatricians do

Pediatricians are doctors managing the health of your child concerning physical, behavioural, and mental health issues. The child specialists are trained to diagnose and treat childhood ailments, from minor health problems to serious diseases

Why should I come to Aster CMI hospital for Pediatric treatment

The child and adolescent centre of Excellence at Aster CMI Hospital has a wide range of pediatric services and treatments that are available under one roof. Once you step into the hospital, you get access to treatment for ailments from Pediatric Neurology to gastroenterology to cardiac care and many more. The best child specialists are available at Aster CMI hospital for the treatment of your child

Who is a Paediatrician?

 A paediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children upto 14 years. Paediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens, and young adults.

Why is immunization important for a child's health?

Immunization is a simple and effective way of protecting children from serious diseases. Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease.

Why should I come to Aster MIMS hospital for Paediatric treatment?

Aster MIMS Hospital has a wide range of paediatric services and treatments that are available under one roof. We believe that children deserve to be treated with understanding and care and to receive the highest quality health care. Aster Mims is specifically designed to take care of the whole child through a family-centred approach to medicine.

What is early heart disease called?

Coronary artery disease, also called CAD, is a condition that affects your heart. It is the most common heart disease in the United States. CAD happens when coronary arteries struggle to supply the heart with enough blood, oxygen and nutrients. Cholesterol deposits, or plaques, are almost always to blame.

What is pediatric surgery?

Pediatric surgery is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the surgical treatment of infants, children, and adolescents, ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds. Pediatric surgeons must have a specialization in pediatric surgery and be able to use the latest surgical techniques to successfully treat pediatric patients. Pediatric surgeons must also be able to work in a team environment with other healthcare professionals to provide the best care possible for their young patients.

What is the difference between pediatric surgery and adult surgery?

Children's surgery differs from adult surgery on many levels, including anatomy, physiology, and psychology. Children have different problems- unlike adults, their treatment differs depending on their age and response to anesthesia and medication. Pediatric surgeons must also be able to recognize and address any psychological issues that may be present in young patients. Additionally, children heal faster than adults, so pediatric surgeons must be able to react quickly to potential complications.

How can a parent prepare their child for surgery?

The parent can help prepare their child for surgery by explaining the procedure in age-appropriate terms, reassuring them that they will be safe and cared for, and ensuring that they understand what to expect before and after the surgery. Doing so helps reduce anxiety and fear that the child may experience, while also making them more cooperative and less likely to resist the medical staff. This can make the procedure smoother and safer for both the child and the medical team.

How can a parent support their child during the recovery process?

The parent can support their child during the recovery process by providing emotional support. Following post-surgery care instructions can aid to prevent any complications. Ensuring the child receives appropriate pain management can serve to make the recovery process more comfortable. A healthy diet and adequate hydration can help to boost the immune system and speed up healing. Providing emotional support can help to reduce the child's stress and anxiety, which can lead to faster healing.

 What qualifications do pediatric surgeons have?

Pediatric surgeons are medical doctors who have completed a residency in general surgery followed by specialized training in pediatric surgery. They are board-certified in both general surgery and pediatric surgery and have extensive experience in the surgical treatment of children. Pediatric surgeons must also have experience in pediatric urology, pediatric oncology, and pediatric medical emergency. They must be able to diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions in children. In addition, they must know the unique physiology of children and the special techniques and equipment used in treating them.

What is Paediatric endocrinology?

The endocrine system consists of various glands that secrete hormones. Hormones are chemical signals which are poured by the glands into the blood and carried by it to different target organs where they perform regulatory functions of growth, puberty, metabolism of blood glucose, calcium and many more.

Paediatric endocrinology is a subspecialty of paediatrics that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the endocrine system in children such as diabetes, disorders of  growth, puberty, thyroid, adrenal glands, bone and calcium etc.

Does lung cancer spread quickly?

Depends upon the type of tumor and most of them will present at an advanced stage. To detect early cancer screening essentially, especially for high-risk persons (smokers/ exposure of occupational hazards/family history of cancer).

How does lung cancer feel?

There are no specific symptoms and signs suggestive of lung cancer it may be asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severely decreased lung functions or symptoms (breathlessness/hemoptysis/chest pain/weight loss).

When should I see a pulmonary specialist?

Chronic cough for more than 2 weeks or frequent episodes of cough for months/years.

Allergy not under control i.e. frequent requirement of syrup or oral medications and little change in the environment causing trouble.

Presence of Blood in the sputum (phlegm).

Unexplained weight loss associated with cough.

Overweight/obese with excessive daytime sleepiness/irritations.

Localized Chest pain increasing with deep breathing.

Difficulty in breathing (Breathlessness) on exertion or on routine activities.

Unexplained fever (fever of unknown origin).

History of smoking.

To rule out occupational lung disease.

A child having respiratory problems, not responding to routine symptomatic treatment.

Screening at-risk individuals (employee working in industries).

Contact history with tuberculosis patient in the household (contact) to rule outspread of the disease.

What are the factors that cause Asthma?

The factors that cause Asthma are Genetic, environmental factors and triggers like smoke, pollen, air pollution, respiratory infections and dust etc. Intrinsic factors like emotional outburst and anxiety

How common is Asthma?

In India alone, the 17-18 million population is suffering from Asthma. Across the globe, around 300 million people are suffering from Asthma.

How is Asthma diagnosed?

Generally, the doctor will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination of the patient to determine the symptoms. Inhaler medications will be recommended to improve lungs condition.

Lung function test or spirometry, Blood test, is done for diagnosis of Bronchial Asthma and its allergy components.

Can people with Asthma do exercise?

Yes. Exercise is a very important part of health for a patient with Bronchial Asthma. Losing weight can be beneficial.

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I have Asthma. Do I need to use tablets or inhalers?

Depending on severity and level of control of Asthma, various medications will be prescribed including tablets, inhalers and nebulizations.

Are inhalers addictive?

No. Inhalers are safe to use in children and adults with Asthma. They control Asthma and prevent serious Asthma attacks so that they can lead a normal healthy life.

What is the most common pulmonology disease seen in Children?

Bronchitis is the most common lung disease seen in children. It is a viral infection, in which the large breathing tubes that open into the lungs get swollen and red. This causes breathing issues and irritation in these tubes called bronchial tubes because of too much mucus created by the linings.

What services does the pulmonology department of Aster Women and Children Hospital provide?

  • Aster Women and Children Hospital’s dedicated Centre for Pediatric Pulmonology is one of the best pulmonology departments which combines expertise with the latest technological developments to offer the best clinical and interventional services in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.
  • The department is specialized with special emphasis on Asthma, respiratory clinic, and allergy testing in the pediatric population.
  • Our pediatric pulmonologists excel in interventional pulmonology treating complex advanced lung diseases, congenital lung malformations, Pediatric airway stenting, Foreign body removal, and pediatric and neonatal bronchoscopic procedures. 
  • At our center, we follow international treatment protocols to ensure optimal evidence-based care at all times and offer best-in-class healthcare services for pediatric care.

What are the signs that my child is suffering from pulmonary disease?

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Shortness of breath 
  • A cough that is persisting for long 
  • Mucus or blood in cough 
  • Pain and discomfort while breathing

What common clinical tests would the doctor suggest if my child is suffering from pulmonary disease?

The doctor might suggest following tests for your child depending upon the symptoms

  • Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • X-ray
  • Pulmonary function testing 
  • Sweat chloride test
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Skin prick test

Is asthma in children allergic?

Asthma is not allergic but children having allergies or having a family history of allergies are more susceptible to asthma. If a child having asthma also have allergies it can worsen the symptoms of asthma

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