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Going Back to School - How to cope with Anxiety in children during COVID 19 Pandemic

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After two years of wreaking havoc new COVID cases are coming down and the government has announced a gradual re-opening of schools and colleges. Undoubtedly this decision will help the cause of education because online education has not been as successful in imparting the same level of teaching, attention, and mentoring to students as the traditional model of classroom teaching. But as a parent and doctor it also gives me an uneasy feeling. We are still expecting a third wave of the COVID epidemic, and almost none of the children have been vaccinated so far! Online education has not been as successful  as traditional classroom teaching That is a cause for anxiety for most of the parents, whose children will be joining schools. When a topic of conversation enters a living room, children then get involved too.  Just like us adults, children too have been exposed to the perils of the COVID 19 epidemic and the Social media hype surrounding it, because of which they are equally at risk of d

SOME FACTS ABOUT POST COVID HAIR LOSS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

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Our hair is called our " crowning glory " because it frames our face and makes us look attractive. Losing hair can be a painful experience, as it can affect our appearance and damage our self confidence. It can even cause depression and anxiety, which in turn can worsen the hair loss! In the recent months I have seen a surge in the cases of hair fall  particularly in patients who had recently suffered from the COVID infection. In this post I shall list the common causes of hair fall and specially the causes of hair fall after COVID infection . First of all let us learn about how healthy hair grows . THE CYCLE OF HAIR GROWTH Our hair usually grows anywhere from 0.3 mm to 0.4 mm in length everyday. The growth of the hair follicle is divided in to 4 different stages .  Anagen - Hair grows The growing phase takes two to seven years and regulates the length of our hair. Anagen is the active phase of the hair Catagen - Hair transition -This is the transitional stage that lasts ab

Mental Health Disorders in Children and How to Cope with them

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  (Image courtesy - Canva.com ) The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health in our daily lives like never before. Mental health was earlier a taboo subject , it was a word used only for the seriously mentally ill. Children have been forced to stay holed up at home with no company and no playing outdoors ,no wonder they have been affected as much as adults by the epidemic. By nature children are more resilient and bounce back faster than adults, but in the pandemic many children have had to deal with the sickness of a family member or even the loss of a parent creating emotionally vulnerable situations for them. Going to school is a stress buster for many children as they get a chance to bond with their buddies in school, but due to the pandemic schools have been closed and our children are restricted to online mode of education which has taken away the fun out of school life. The online teaching mode being used in the current scenario is also adding to the bur

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid - An Ayurvedic Night Serum Review

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As we age, our body produces less collagen and cellular turn over slows down, the skin starts losing its elasticity which in turn causes the appearance of  dry skin, dull skin and wrinkles. Stress, hormonal changes, Nutritional deficiencies(specially Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Protein deficiency),free radicals due to pollution and  sun exposure - all of these contribute to the acceleration of the ageing process.                                    I have hit forty and I can feel fine lines and dry skin but I'm still skeptical about going for retinols even though all those cosmetic companies would want us to start anti-ageing creams as early as the twenties. Instead of switching to retinols for my skin care, I had been exploring other anti-ageing options or may be I should say mature skin care options in the market. Strangely very few players give a complete list of ingredients on the anti-ageing products and makes it even more tougher to choose the right product. Those who mention ret

Why is #COVID19 associated with so much Social Stigma ?

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As  some of you might already know, yours truly is a doctor by profession and as a frontline worker it was no wonder that I too contracted the COVID infection during the peak of the pandemic. Having the infection taught me a lot about the COVID infection and I gained some fresh perspective too. Today I wish to share those insights through my COVID story with you all. I remember the date was 22nd April 2021 , it was a sultry afternoon when  coming back home from work, I felt very tired and weak. I attributed it to the hot Delhi weather but it was unusual for me to feel so much fatigue. The next day I woke with a slight fever which made me  suspicions that I might be coming down with the Big C .I got myself tested the next day , but the RT-PCR report came only  three days later and as I suspected , I was COVID positive . During the first  COVID 19 wave, the Delhi government had put up posters in front of the homes of the infected person informing the general public  that a person residin

Why is Mental Health Important ?

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The past two years have been unarguably the most difficult period in everyone's life when the world was seized by the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. The pandemic and the lockdown kept most of us locked up indoors and we were forced into social isolation. This official lockdown came with many uncertainties - our jobs, our finances. our health, the health of our loved ones, everything was at risk. It was harder still for mothers who were working from home, they had to cook and clean, look after children's studies, and meet office deadlines. God forbid if one or more of the family members caught the virus, then besides bringing a whole lot of new responsibilities , it would also add to her worries. In short, this pandemic has tested us for both our moral and physical grit. With so many young people dying without any pre-existing disease during the COVID epidemic, the question arises - Is being physically healthy enough ? While physical fitness is important, medical experts (me included) str