Dr. Y.G Zhimomi is the proprietor of Y.G Child Health Care located at 3rd Mile, opposite Chekiye village gate, Dimapur. He is a reputed child Specialist based in Dimapur, Nagaland. Presently he is a consultant Pediatrician in Y.G Child Health Care and Nikos Hospital, Dimapur. He is a member IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrician), IAP Infectious Chapter, IAP Pediatric Nephrology and IAP Nagaland State Branch.
Following his graduation from GMC, Rewa he did his master in Public Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in Delhi and completed his Diplomate of Child Health from Agra. He further worked as fellow trainee of Pediatric Nephrology at AIIMS, New Delhi. He has worked as resident at RML, Hospital New Delhi and as Consultant in Pediatrics at Zion Hospital, Dimapur.
He attends multiple seminars and conference, training programme in the field of Pediatrics regularly. Among the notable achievement he has qualified the (PALS) course for Pediatrics emergency resuscitation from SGPGI, Lucknow and has 2(two) publication in National journal and 1 (one) publication in International journal in the field of Public Health.
In the last 12 (twelve) years of practice he has a huge number of clients and is popular not only because of work he does but also because of his down to earth, helpful and joyful nature.
Tell me something about Yourself.
I hail from Zunheboto a small town. I am very passionate about my work. During my formative years I learned from my parents (My Dad was the first batch of Legislature from Nagaland Assembly) that I should always work hard and be passionate about it and that everything comes with a cost. So I guess these values are ingrained in me. For me success is a relative word. For many it may be associated with money, but to me being successful is when I can work honestly, diligently and compassionately every day to each of my child patient with hundred percent focus. This gives me immense happiness. I always believe that as a physician I dispense medicine but the healer is the Almighty. I am thankful to God everyday for His gift to me as a healer.
Besides my profession I take a break every three month by travelling to different destination. I love to travel and learn about different culture, I am a foodie besides I love music, dancing and reading. I also associate myself with charity works. I believe the giver has more joy then the taker. I am more of a man of action than words and would rather let my action speak loud. To the people I am close to I am very loyal, non judgmental and fiercely protective.
Can you elaborate on what parents can do for their Children?
- Antenatal check up during pregnancy is important. The expecting mother has to consult a gynecologist till the birth of the baby
- Before the birth of the child the parents should indentify their pediatrician who shares similar core values. The pediatrician will be needed till the child attains 18 years
- At birth, breast feeding should be started within half an hour of birth in normal delivery and within four hours if it is a C- section. Breast feeding is the best milk and can be continued till two years of age which is the period of maximum brain growth and myelination of nerves. New born can be feed every two to three hourly.
- Do not afraid to ask question to your Pediatrician
- A normal baby will have a very good sucking reflex and will frequently demand milk. The three Fs’- poor Feeding, Fussy child and Fever should be a cause concern for the parents.
- A normal baby sleeps 90% of the time.
- For the first two months of the baby, touch and contact of the baby to the family and guest should be limited as the baby is very susceptible to infection.
- Vaccination is very vital component for the child care. It protects child against the disease by just giving the child an injection. Vaccination is one of the greatest discovery of modern medicine. Every month as per the vaccination schedule the child is called to attend the clinic. Through this the child not only gets the vaccination but also the Doctor can assess the Childs growth, development and general health. The vaccination available as per IAP schedule are BCG, OPV,IPV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, DTP, Rota Virus, PCV, Flu vaccine, Meningococcal vaccine, MMR, Typhoid, Cholera, Chicken pox, Hib, Cervical cancer vaccine, Japanese Encephalitis vaccine, Td vac.
Growth chart of a child
|Age ( Years )||Weight ( kgs)||Height (cm)|
- Baby should sleep on the back for at least six months to avoid SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Avoid using pacifiers
- By four to six months the process of weaning can be introduced. Weaning is the introduction of solid food. It can be started with rice powder with milk or as per the local recipe passed down in their culture. Mashed Banana, orange juice, vegetable soup can be introduced gradually.
- For those babies who are on artificial feeds due to circumstances they have to be given the right concentration of milk and water to avoid malnutrition.
Different brand are available viz Lactogen, Dexolac, Similac, Farex, Nan etc.
- 1 Scoop ……….. 30 ml water
- 2 Scoop ……….. 60 ml water
- 3 Scoop ……….. 90 ml water
- 4 Scoop ……….. 150 ml water
- 5 Scoop ……….. 180 ml water
- Turn of your smart phone for ½ an hour when you get back home or when the kids come back from school.
- Turn off your TV and all gadgets at meal time. Try to have atleast one meal together with the whole family
- Spend time with kids at bed time by telling them stories is reassuring to the child
- Show physical affection. By this gesture the child will feel loved and will develope greater self esteem
- Affection and love of the child should be unconditional. Parents should not switch on the love when they do well and switch off and deny it when they misbehave.
- Look into the eye of the child when you communicate, it is an important social skill
- Smile often with your child. It puts them on ease and confirm that their presences is valued
- Be a good role model. Children are great copy cats. Parents need to walk the talk. Be kind, affectionate and caring not only to the child but others too and teach your kids to be colour blind about race and sex. Teach them the value of hard work by your actions.
- Involve them in decision making from early age eg. What to wear, when and where to go for holiday.
- Play with them. Take action when your child is unhappy. It may be a bullying at school. Find out the reason and sort them out.
- Save the cards and gifts of your children in a special box. This will reassure the child and instill the child a sense of achievement
- Love and affection are the foundation of happiness as in the words of Aristotle which reads “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”
What are the common health problem in children?
- Cough, Cold and Sore throat
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Colic pain
- Ear pain
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Skin infection
- Malnutrition (under weight) and failure to gain weight
- Obesity (over weight)
- Lack of appetite
- Worm infestation
Can you dispel some Myths and misconception in child care and what not to do?
- Avoid the use of a soother. They invite infection
- Avoid the use of ear bud they further damage the ear
- Avoid use of a walker thinking that the child will walk fast. The child become prone to falling down and sustaining injury
- During teething the parents usually postpone visit to the doctor even if the child has fever and diarrhea. It is a myth
- During measles and rash the parents avoid giving medicine to the child. In fact medicine is important so is good nutrition
- When the child is having pneumonia and jaundice many parents are apprehensive to give intravenous fluid and injection. This is also a myth
- Worm medicine cannot be given in winter or summer. Worm medicine can’t be given in standing. The more sweet, the more worm. These are all myth
- Giving too much sugar to the child turns them to little monster. This is one big myth
- So much is told about white and black jaundice. Please beware of quacks as there is only one type of jaundice i.e is yellow jaundice
Can you highlight something about your Clinic?
Y.G Child Health Care, was established in January 2017. It is a dream concept of mine born through a decade of experience in child health care. The uniqueness of the clinic are:
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness. In the Clinic cleanliness is very much emphasized
- Loving and caring staff. The staff are trained to be cordial and smiling. When you smile sometimes its fake but when your smile is every day then its not fake. It is an effort and a conviction
- The clinic is very spacious. Space is luxury these days. The clinic has enough sitting place for the clients and a big T.V and different reading materials to keep the parents entertained while waiting
- The clinic is a very child friendly clinic. The clinic boosts of a play station for children. The sick child should not be given the impression that the hospital is a boring and scary place. So far the response has been very positive and child who comes looks happy
- The Clinic has a special place for lactating mother to feed their baby in privacy
- The clinic has four cabin for day care where the sick child get Intravenous fluid for rehydration, injections, nebulizer, post care after small procedures etc.
- The clinic has one mini OT for conducting small procedures such as Phimosis, IaD, dressing and resuscitation measures
- The clinic has phototherapy to treat baby with jaundice.
- The clinic is equipped with a laboratory for all blood investigation
- The motto of the clinic is to bring smile to every sick child. Every child who comes to the clinic are pampered with a small gift
So how would you like to conclude?
No amount of equipment can replace the human spirit. My clinic emphasis on human factor of loving and caring. We want to touch the hearts through sincere and committed work. Child problems usually emanates due to the inherent weak immune system, poor nutrition, unhygienic condition like overcrowding, poor sanitation and contaminated water supply. Better understanding of the interaction between the host, nutrition and environmental factor is needed to curtail the problem. Hence, a good public health system is necessary in our country to mitigate the suffering of the majority of the people. In India only 30 % of the population are rich enough to be able to afford a luxury such as good medical care. The dichotomy is that only 20 % have a proper medical insurance coverage. For the country like us a comprehensive health care system should be more emphasized through the simple primary health care system, which should become the super structure. This will rectify the problem of inequitable distribution of health service coverage and quality health care to the majority of the population.