Wrong information in social media- A clarification
Incorrect information being circulated in social media including ‘Whatsapp’ as follows:
“…. because so many children are dying in and around us with many disease. One boy named sathwik born with some serious disease and he has been showed to lot of doctors and everyone was told it can not be cured and he may die in a month or two, when his parents has lost hopes someone informed that in Chennai one children’s hospital is there and equipped with almost 400 child specialists, they have taken him there on the same day he has been operated and he has recovered wonder is 100% on free of cost. This hospital is located in Chennai near egmore railway station, please inform /forward it to anyone in need, in this hospital children up to 12 years will be treated freely even for serious diseases up to 12 lakhs also on free of cost, details are below. Please take a oath and to see that this can be informed to everyone who are all in need.
Ph:9573799997, 9640640878, 9677003334
Kanchi kamakoti child trust ……”
Clarification from Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital:
1) Do not believe wrong information circulated in social media. The above information is factually incorrect.
2) While Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital that treats children at nominal costs, the treatment is NOT FREE.
3) The treatment given is not totally free.
4) The information mentions about hospital near Chennai Egmore railway station- which is Government Institute of child health (ICH) run by the state government and th treatment there like any other Government hospital is free of cost.
5) The Phone numbers are appointment numbers of Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital and not for free treatment: 9677003334
6) ‘Hospital name: Kanchi kamakoti child trust ‘ given at the end is wrong information.
Disclaimer: These are general guidelines. Please check with your pediatrician for instructions specific to your child :
- What is the immunization schedule for Indian Babies?
- Immunisation in India is being carried out under THE Universal Immunisation program. The Indian Association of Pediatrics (IAP) also has its own schedule which includes optional and newer vaccines. The IAP schedule can be viewed at
The summary schedule is as follows:
- At Birth: BCG OPV Hepatitis B
6 weeks: OPV with/without IPV
- 10 weeks: OPV with/without IPV
- 14 weeks: OPV with/without IPV
- 6 months: Hepatitis B
- 9 months: Measles
- 15-18 months: OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP booster
- 2 years: Typhoid (may be repeated every 3 to 4 years)
- 5 years: OPV with/without IPV
DPT/ DTaP booster
- 10 years: Tdap
- What is a growth chart and are there different ones for girl and boy babies?
- Growth charts are used to assess if the child’s weight, height and head size over a period of time to monitor adequate growth. There are many different growth charts across the world and different ones for boys and girls. The World Health Organization’s growth charts are available at
When a child deviates from his or her previously established growth curve, investigation into the cause is generally required. For instance, a decrease in the growth velocity may indicate the onset of a chronic illness.
- What sleep patterns are normal in children?
- Infants may sleep up to 16 hours a day. But most won’t sleep through the night without a feeding until 4 months of age. School-aged children may sleep 10 hours a day. Their sleep may be disturbed by an illness or fever. Consult the doctor if your child has a fever and is sluggish when waking up.
- What is epilepsy ?
- When a child has recurrent/multiple seizures the condition is called as epilepsy. This means the occurence of a single seizure or of febrile seizures does not mean the diagnosis of epilepsy.
- MYTHS: Epilepsy is not contagious. It is not a psychological disorder
- Why does my child have seizures whenever he has fever?
- Some children have febrile seizures.Febrile seizures are a special category in which seziures occur mainly between 6 months to 5 years with fever, and no other identifiable cause. It is a simple, self remitting condition and most of them do not require long term medications.
- What is Obesity and what is the cause for this?
- Obesity is having excessive body weight due to accumulation of fat, that may lead to health problems. Obesity in children are becoming more common in India due to availability of fatty food and lack of exercise in children.
- If children eat more calories than they burn by doing exercise, the excess energy accumulates in the body as fat. This causes obesity.
- What signs of illness are significant?
- If your child has high grade fever, repeated vomiting or diarrhoea, then he needs medical attention. An infant who is refusing to take feed, crying excessively or looking very lethargic also needs to be seen by a doctor. If you child has fast breathing, difficulty in breathing or noise while breathing he/she may be having asthma or pneumonia.
- Breastmilk Versus Formula, which is better?
- Breastmilk gives your baby everything she needs to thrive for the first six months of her life. It helps your baby to fight infection and develop good bacteria in her digestive system. She gets all the nutrition she needs from your milk to grow well, while also being protected from harmful bacteria.
- Breastmilk contains antibodies from you that help to protect your baby against gastroenteritis,colds, chest infections and ear infections.
- It helps you to feel close to one another.
- It can be a great comfort to your older baby when she’s too ill to eat, but still able to feed. Breastmilk can also help your baby to recover from illness more quickly. Once your baby starts solids at around six months, you can carry on breastfeeding her.