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Dr. R. K. Anand's Guide to Child Care

Dr. R. K. Anand's
Guide to Child Care

For pregnant mothers and parents of infants, young children, and teenagers.

Dr. R. K. Anand, MD, FRCP, DCH
Fellow, Indian Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

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Dr. Anand's Guide to Child Care answers questions such as:
  • Is there a right age to have a baby?
  • What can I do when my baby cries?
  • Can a working mother successfully breastfeed?
  • How helpful is a joint family in bringing up children?
  • How should we handle our fussy eater?
  • Is my child ready for toilet-training?
  • Are vaccines safe?
  • When is the right age for sex education?
  • How can I raise a happy child?
  • Are drugs overprescribed for childhood illnesses?
  • How should we handle our teenager?
  • What should I do in a medical emergency?


Listed as a bestseller by
Crossword, Indian Review of Books, India Today, The Asian Age, Sunday Mid-day, and English Speaking Union Newsletter (ESU Newsletter).

Published previously as The Penguin India Guide to Child Care, this revised and updated edition of Dr. Anand's handbook offers a definitive guide to the parent on pregnancy and childrearing from infancy to the teenage years.

Authored by one of India's foremost paediatricians and an internationally renowned authority on breastfeeding, the book combines a knowledge of traditional childrearing practices with the latest medical developments in child care.

World Breastfeeding Week 2016
1-7 August 2016

?In September 2015, the world's leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Together, ?they? form the? ?Sustainable Development? Goals?.

This year's World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme is Breastfeeding: a key to Sustainable Development. 2016 commemorates the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A broad approach using the sustainability theme is thus relevant and inclusive.

It will enable the breastfeeding movement (and beyond) to connect with a variety of development issues over the next 15 years (2030) for maximum impact. Breastfeeding is linked to the SDGs in several ways.

The WBW materials cover the main link areas between breastfeeding and the SDGs along 5 broad themes (1) nutrition/food security, 2) health, well-being and survival, 3) environment and climate change, 4) work productivity, empowerment, social protection,and 5) sustainable partnerships and rule of law.

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Laying the Foundation for Combating Malnutrition in India
The importance of balanced nutrition and health

An initiative of HealthPhone™, conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF, Aamir Khan and with support from Vodafone.

It is the World's Largest Programme to Battle Malnutrition amongst Mothers and Children. The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.

The four Poshan videos are hosted on a dedicated WAP page and accessible to all Vodafone India subscribers on their mobile phones.

Vodafone India subscribers can also give a missed call on 1 800 120 8989 (toll-free) to receive a link to the WAP page via SMS.

The Lancet Breastfeeding SeriesThe Lancet Breastfeeding Series

January 28, 2016 - With a substantial development of research and findings for breastfeeding over the past three decades, we are now able to expand on the health benefits for both women and children across the globe. The two papers in this Series will describe past and current global trends of breastfeeding, its short and long-term health consequences for the mother and child, the impact of investment in breastfeeding, and the determinants of breastfeeding and the effectiveness of promotion interventions.

New Research Shows That Breastfeeding Matters Everywhere and Could Save Millions of Lives and Dollars
"Political commitment and investment in breastfeeding by governments, donors, employers and civil society is urgently needed to ensure the health of women and children and to shape a more sustainable future for all. UNICEF and the World Health Organization, in partnership with close to 20 organizations, are leading the charge to mobilize global action to raise political and financial investment to support breastfeeding. Together, we are working to remove barriers to breastfeeding and to give women the tools they need to make informed decisions to ensure their health and the health of their children for generations come."
Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition at UNICEF

Breastfeeding saves lives and it’s time for action

HealthPhone™ Essentials: Educational Videos for Basic Health Knowledge in Hindi

HealthPhone Essentials: Educational Videos for Basic Health Knowledge

Early and Exclusive Breastfeeding
Hand Washing with Soap and Water
Use of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Zinc
Routine Immunization
Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

Hesperian Health Guides

Hesperian Health GuidesHesperian Health Guides is a nonprofit health information and health education source that develops accessible materials in many languages. Access free information in Hesperian's related to breastfeeding, newborn health, and childhood health and early development.

Newborn babies and breastfeeding: Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, Filipino, French, Kreyol, Khmer, Swahili, Lao, Portuguese, Urdu
Breastfeeding from A Book for Midwives: Available in English and Spanish
Breastfeeding from Where Women Have No Doctor: Available in English and Spanish
Breastfeeding and caring for your baby for women with disabilities: Available in English and Spanish
Care during the first hours after birth: Available in English and Spanish
Care during the first weeks after birth: Available in English and Spanish
Caring for children: Available in English, Spanish, French, Swahili, and Portuguese
Childhood nutrition: Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Helping Children Who Are Deaf: Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese
Helping Children Who are Blind: Available in English and Spanish
Disabled Village Children: Available in English

More resources from Hesperian Health Guides

No book can be a substitute for the advice of a good doctor.

Your family physician or paediatrician knows you and your child.
So you must consult them for your child's problem.

5 September, 2016

HealthPhone: Health, Breastfeeding, Nutrition and Growth Videos
HealthPhone: Health, Breastfeeding, Nutrition and Growth Videos

Guide to Child Care
1 Pregnancy, Childbirth ...
2 The Growing Years
3 Feeding Infants, ...
4 Keeping Your Child Healthy
5 Keeping Your Child Happy
About Dr. R. K. Anand

HealthPhone: Health, Medical, Training Videos

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Babies who are breastfed are generally healthier and achieve optimal growth and development compared to those who are fed formula milk.[more]

Initiation of
Breastfeeding by
Breast Crawl

Initiation of Breastfeeding by Breast Crawl

Scientific Overview
Recommendations & Vision

Evidence shows that early initiation can prevent 22% of all deaths among babies below one month in developing countries.

Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, has ability to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide for herself when to take the first breastfeed.

This is known as the ‘Breast Crawl’.


Vikaspedia: Reaching the ‘un-reached’ communities of India

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