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happy with ur prompt reply
had one more doubt
will my baby get  polio drops also along with ipv elder daughter has not been vacc
inated for ipv should I get her vaccinated. .she is presently 3yrs
aldo my daughter has speech delay have not got her evaluated so far.she has started talking many words since last 4months n few two words like cme here I will give n all mainly in english as dhe is going to playschool now. but mother tongue she is nt tslking much except few words.should I get her to sme doc  for any tests or therapy

Hi Shaheena,

No, as per current recommendations of Indian academy of Pediatrics (IAP), OPV is to be given at birth, 6 months, 9 months and 5 years of age. IPV is to be given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks followed by booster at 16-18 months of age. In addition, OPV should be taken on every Pulse Polio Round (Polio Ravivar): They are over and above routine vaccination.

You can log on to
for current immunization schedule. This is official site of IAP and accredited by WHO (World Health Organisation)

Yes, your elder daughter can also be immunized with IPV. She would need 2 doses of IPV at 2 months interval, followed by booster after 6 months.

Her speech is definitely delayed significantly. She needs thorough evaluation by her pediatrician and speech therapist: You are already late, No more "wait and watch"!!

Best wishes,

Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India



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I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query that requires diagnosing, since it is not possible to examine a child online.


I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 17 years of experience in the field.

Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (

(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene ( (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 ( ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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