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.

Services

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.

Facilities

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

Advanced Diagnostic Services
  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Video EEG, nerve conduction and sleep study lab (Electrophysiology lab )
  • Dedicated OT for procedures like lumbar puncture, muscle biopsy and Botox administration
  • Virtual reality and robotics for rehabilitation
  • Neurogenetics and neurometabolic lab
  • Neuropathology lab with immunohistochemistry
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.
USG guided central venous & arterial access
Bedside echo, cranial USG & x-ray
Peritoneal dialysis
CPAP/ High flow ventilation
Partial exchange transfusion
LED phototherapy, Double volume exchange transfusion
Special comprehensive warmers with resuscitation facility
High frequency neonatal ventilation and conventional mode
Cardiac ductal ligation in NICU
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.
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
Key facilities for Paediatrics & Neonatology

Neonatal resuscitation
Newborn care
Immunisation
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
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
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
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
Adolescent Medicine unit

The Adolescent Medicine unit at the Centre of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Care provides comprehensive and personalised primary specialty care to children aged 12 to 18. The unit, which offers consultation, diagnosis and treatment for health problems that are common during this age, has a team of trained Doctors and professionals who have extensive experience in handling the physical, emotional and social needs of adolescents from puberty though young adulthood and also management of long-lasting conditions like eating disorders, obesity and chronic pain.

The unit has dedicated clinics for pediatric and adolescent gynecology, eating disorders, substance use and behavioral issues, where psychosocial and school problems that start during the teen years or have deepened due to the stress of growing up are effectively managed, through detailed diagnosis and treatment. The Biofeedback programme here teaches teens to handle chronic ailments with confidence and courage, making life more meaningful and enjoyable .The Unit would be soon staring Cyber and Digital detox therapies for young children and young adults, who are addicted to electronic and digital gadgets.
Aster Medcity, through Aster Foundation has initiated several programmes in the interest of children and their well being in the society.

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.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Procedures

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
Thermoregulation
Per Oral/tube feeding
Promotion of breast feeding and lactation assistance/advice
Peritoneal dialysis
Developmental interventions - Environmental and Developmental Care of Infants

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

PICU

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.
NICU

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

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

Faqs

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 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

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