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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My 4 year old daughter is getting a small amount of vaginal discharge, mainly at night. Can you please tell me if this is normal? Somebody mentioned that I should check for worms.

Manavi (Mussouri, India)

A: Yes, it is likely that your child is suffering from pin worms. This causes discharge from the vagina. Please treat all the members in your family for the same, but make sure that you also check with your paediatrician.

Dr. Subba Rao


Q: My son has a habit of gnashing (grinding) his teeth in his sleep. I too had the same habit until recently. Only after my son was born did I give up this habit. He has no motion problem. Does he grind his teeth due to psychological reasons? We are a happy family and I am a stay-at-home mum. What should I do?

Nidha (London, U.K)

A: There is no need to worry about this. Teeth grinding does not have any psychological causes. Perhaps your son has worms. You could try giving him a deworming medication.

Dr. Subba Rao


Q: My 13 month old daughter is extremely thin, though her stomach is increasing in size. She eats everything except for rice but she just does not put on weight. I think she may have worms. What should I do?

Adil (London, South Africa )

A: Your child's weight is fine for her age. As long as the weight gain is satisfactory, do not worry about the appearance. As far as medications for worms are concerned, you should wait until your baby is at least 18 months old.

Dr. Subba Rao


Q: My child has worms in her stomach. How can this be treated? How can I prevent them from recurring?

Ekta (Lonavala, India)

A: It is very unusual for a 7 month old child to have worms. How do you know that your child has worms? We recommend de-worming treatment only after 18 months of age.

Dr. Subba Rao


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