The dangers of pillion riding

Dangerous Pillion riding
Dangerous and careless pillion riding

Children should never travel on two wheelers, as it is very, very unsafe. Most people, do not pay any heed to safety, or are not even thinking how dangerous it is to ferry children around on two wheelers, and this gentleman, nicely protected by his helmet (I suspect more out of fear of the law, than concerns about safety!), ferrying not one, but two kids in the rear.

There is absolutely, no protection and no restraint. Any accident (whomsoever is at fault, whether it be the rider himself, other drivers, the road or pedestrians), will result in the children being flung with great force out of the vehicle and crashing into anything that is close by. Please do yourself and your children (whom you profess to love so much!) a favor and only travel with them, properly restrained in car seats in the back of four-wheelers! Please!

Another example of dangerous pillion riding by children and their parents can be found here!

Keeping Children Safe In Parked Cars

Kids, 2 & 4, get locked in car, die of suffocation

The headlines practically screamed at me! What a waste of precious life! All because we cannot take basic precautions? It immediately brought back memories of another headline just a few month back

Four Children Suffocate to Death in Locked Tamil Nadu Car

How many times have we left our kids in the car while we finished off an errand in “just a

Car parked in the sun
Car Parked in the sun for an hour can get by as much as 22° C over the surrounding temperature

minute”. Most unknowingly, that minute can turn into a few minutes and that for a child trapped in a hot, parked car can be fatal. It is the sun and the resultant heat stroke, that kills, not the temperature outside. Even on a cool day, just by virtue of being out in the sun, in closed confines, can heat up the inside by around 22° C in an hour! Most of this (80%) increase occurs in the first half an hour.

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Tongue Tied? Could be literally true!

Tight Frenulum causing tongue tie
Note the tight cord anchoring tongue to the floor of the mouth

While most of us get tongue tied when we are overawed by a famous personality or when asked to speak in public, or too overcome by emotions, in the case of your infant, it could be due to the fact that the cord of tissue (called the frenulum) that holds the tongue in place against the floor of the mouth is too tight / thick / rigid.

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Take care! How to prevent the most common burn injury in children

You are having a well deserved cup of hot chai after a long, hard day at work. Either the phone or the doorbell rings and you get up to answer it or maybe you get called away to another part of the house. Unfortunately, absentmindedly, you leave your cup of tea at the edge of the table with the handle jutting out. Continue reading “Take care! How to prevent the most common burn injury in children”

CT scans may increase the risk of cancer in adolescents & children

With the advent of newer technology, there is a greater tendency amongst patients and doctors to demand that there should be complete diagnosis and evaluation for even the most trivial of complaints. This results in a plethora of investigations. Just like everything else in life, everything comes at a price. The indiscriminate use of CT scans (especially CT head for minor trauma) has greatly increased the risk of developing cancer subsequently. [1]

I think one needs to be sensible and discuss with your doctor, whether a particular investigation is really required, what are the benefits and what are the risks of the procedure.

 

1. CT Scans May Increase Cancer Risk in Children, Adolescents

Did you know?

Drinking just one 12 oz (roughly 350 ml) can/bottle of sweetened, carbonated beverage ups the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 20%! [1]

1. Diabetologica DOI 10.1007/s00125-013-2899-8