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“Check newborns’ brain health”

S. Aishwarya

Stress on electroencephalogram test

— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

FRUITFUL TALK: T.S. Kanaka, first woman neurosurgeon of Asia, interacting with parents and differently abled students in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

TIRUCHI: Students with learning disability must be provided a regular psychiatric help to help them cope up with academics and parents must refrain from mainstreaming those children at very early stage, T. S. Kanaka, first woman neurosurgeon of Asia, said.

The increase in consumption of junk foods, lopsided food habits and delayed child birth have shot up the probability of brain and neurological defects in the child. Folic acid supplements reduce the risk of pregnancy-related complications, she said, addressing a diverse group of audience at the Employment Exchange Office on Tuesday.

Newborns must undergo an electroencephalogram test, which records the brain activity, to determine their brain health. With the increasing medical sophistication, special children were no more categorised under the all-inclusive term ‘mental retardation.’ Their brain activities were monitored and medical support were being provided as per their needs. Doctors must check for the half-life period of medicines before prescribing, she told the parents of children with special needs.

Answering to the posers of the trust members of Seva Sangam, Dr. Kanaka said that there were no proven medical evidences to support the brain-triggering drugs that claim to improve the efficiency of children. “Though the constituents in the medicines were believed to increase the memory capacity, we do not have a yardstick to measure its efficiency.” The Assistant Director of Employment Exchange P. Suresh Kumar coordinated the programme.

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