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Dear Sir,
My daughter is 20 days old is cries a lot,i mean she cries after regular interval roughly like after every 5 min .To calm her we carry her all the time,but even thn she cries.She is also sleeping only for approx. 10 hours.Her stool is normal(yellow color) and she passes urine many times in a days,frequency of her stool is 3-4 times a day.Please help as we r worried.

Thanku in advance,

Divya

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Dear Divya,

Infant colic and crying is a very common problem that affects up to 35% of all newborn children globally. First of all, don't worry too much as this problem tends to decrease as the baby crosses 3-4 months of age. A course of Simethicone oral drops given 4-5 times in the evening and night (approximately every 3 hours) will help her to cry less and sleep better. Try comforting her on your shoulder after every feed. Avoid feeding her with a bottle which allows her to swallow a lot of wind. Remember to burp her after every feed. Lay her on her tummy for a short while in your lap when she cries ... she is sure to quiet down. However, this should never be done on the cot, as sometimes, the baby may choke on the floor of the cot if her mouth and nose get blocked. Finally, reduce intake of gas-forming foods in your diet such as legumes, egg-plant, onions, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower etc.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Taher

P.S. Each dose of the simethicone drops can be up to 0.5 ml.

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Dr. Taher Kagalwala

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I come from India, and have been practising since 29 years. I am specially interested in infections, asthma, newborn care and parenting. I have authored a book on Parenting.It is called "Child Care: From Birth to Eighteen". The e-book is now available on http://pothi.com/pothi/book/ebook-dr-taher-y-kagalwala-child-care-birth-eighteen.
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Qualified Pediatrician practising since 29 years.
Currently working in the United Kingdom. You may reach me on my cell number +447440622670 or email me on drtaher@gmail.com only if I have not responded to your query here in a reasonable time. If you directly call me or email me, I might not be able to respond. Thank you for understanding. Please do not Whatsapp me.

Organizations
Indian Academy of Pediatrics, life member. Mumbai Branch of the I.A.P., life member. Genetics Chapter of the I.A.P.

Publications
Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Toxicology Abstracts.

Education/Credentials
M.D., M.R.C.P.C.H. (U.K.), Ph. D. (U.S.A.) D.C.H.

Awards and Honors
Gold Medallist in D.C.H., April, 1985
Highest aggregate marks in University of Mumbai, for M.D. ( Pediatrics ), October 1986.
Passed out with distinction from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U.K. in 2015.

Past/Present Clients
1. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (K.E.M. Hospital) 2. Private consulting practice. Worked as the Asst. Paediatrician and DNB Teacher at Masina Hospital. Also visiting Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. 3. Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Specialist Paediatrician. 4. Now with the NHS, UK as a Specialist Paediatric Registrar at Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

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