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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
31st July 2016
AAP updates guidelines for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated guidelines to diagnose fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, published online July 27, 2016 in the journal Pediatrics.

The new guidelines recommend evaluation of maternal alcohol consumption and that she should be interviewed carefully. Begin with more general questions about the child's health and then narrowing the focus to alcohol during and before pregnancy. The definition of alcohol exposure may include at least 6 drinks per week during at least 2 weeks of pregnancy, or at least 3 drinks per occasion on 2 or more occasions.

Facial features should be evaluated. A positive result includes 2 of the following 3 criteria: short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum, and thin vermilion border of the upper lip.
 
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Monsoon season is the time to give our child a de-worming tablet​
 
New Delhi, July 30, 2016: During the monsoons, most of the worms in the soil come up to the surface and infect the vegetables. The associated humidity also leads to more breeding of house flies and mosquitoes. 

It is thus important to ensure that all fruits and vegetables, are washed thoroughly with clean water and if needed
Potassium Permanganate is added to them during the monsoon season to prevent illnesses, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA.
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