Dr. Naveen D. Kini

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The recent Oral Polio Vaccine controversy

Posted by Naveen Kini on October 2, 2018 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Recent news articles in the newspapers about defective polio drops manufactured by a pharma company have created confusion and apprehension in the minds of the public. Let me clarify a few facts

What is the controversy?

India has reached zero transmission status of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) Types 1, 2 and 3 (which cause the paralytic disease Polio in children). But even then, regular surv...

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Nipah Virus infection

Posted by Naveen Kini on June 5, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Nipah virus infection is a new disease that is causing fear and panic in our country, and along with it has come the usual chain of misconceptions, and useless remedies. Here are the up-to-date facts about the disease, and the preventive measures that are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)


Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic virus (it is transmi...

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Common summer ailments, and how to avoid them

Posted by Naveen Kini on April 20, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Summer is here, and the little ones are at home driving the exasperated parents up the wall, trying to keep them occupied. Movies, day trips, vacations, IPL matches and restaurant visits are all on the calendar, just to keep them out of mischief! As parents, the last thing you would want is an illness which keeps your dear one away from all the fun. Here is a list of common disorders of this season, and simple methods to avoid them.


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Parenting style and child development

Posted by Naveen Kini on July 9, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Parents in India are at an undesirable crossroad these days. Many are torn between the orthodox approach to parenting that they have been subject to during their formative years (where togetherness, discipline, obedience and boundaries played an important part) and the demands of bringing up a child in this modernistic society (where the future seems to be getting increasingly competitive, nuclear, liberal and exploding with information).They are jug...

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Healthy eating and your child

Posted by Naveen Kini on August 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (11)

Not a day passes in the clinic without a mother complaining "my child just doesn't eat, doc. Please do something!'', and the grandparents standing behind nodding sagely. In fact, feeding related queries are the commonest that I get, and the most difficult ones to answer satisfactorily. A young mother tends to get totally confused by conflicting advice from various sources including family members, friends, the internet, social media, peers etc., and is also influenced by ...

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Motherhood: how you can get it right the first time

Posted by Naveen Kini on May 2, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Motherhood, the birthright of every woman, a condition that is cherished and anticipated like none other, can sometimes become a nightmarish, painful experience for some women. It can take the joy out of an event that has been eagerly anticipated by the whole family, which usually sets the benchmark for all the good times the future has in store. Take the case of this unfortunate lady.


Manjula (obviously not her act...

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Hazards of technology use in young children

Posted by Naveen Kini on March 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (4)

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day here. Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of ...

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Parenting lessons that children have taught me!

Posted by Naveen Kini on March 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (9)

2013 marks the completion of 20 years in practice as a paediatrician for me, and along the sometimes stressful, but mostly fun filled journey, there have been a few lessons I have learnt. Many of these were not taught during my training to become a paediatrician, though I frequently wish they were. A few tips are from friends and books, but most of them have been picked up on the job from the children I have seen, interacted and treated, and from my own two children. I’m ...

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Dengue, a malady of our own making!

Posted by Naveen Kini on October 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (10)

Year after year, we read in the papers about the deadly Dengue virus causing death and despair in our city. Every year we go through the same cycle of panic – fear - knee jerk blood tests - admission to hospital and medication - public hue and cry and very soon back to our usual indifference and complacence. Very few of us bother to find out details about the cause, and more importantly, the prevention of this disease. So here I am trying to explain this disease ...

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Care and First Aid of infants and toddlers - certain things you must know!

Posted by Naveen Kini on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (5)

This blog entry is prompted by a tragic incident that occurred the other day. A 7 month old child was brought into the outpatient clinic by the frantic grandfather, saying that he found the child unconscious in the house. The child had been crawling around the house just a little while back, and had been fed about an hour ago. Immediate CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) was started, and the child was shifted to the PICU, where the heart beat was revived and child was put on ...

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