Misinformation can sabotage your health goals: Dr Sourojit Gupta

Dr Sourojit Gupta, MBBS, DCH, is an experienced Pediatrician and Neonatologist with over 12 years of practice. He has worked with prestigious hospitals like VPS Rockland, Bensups, Bhagat Chandra, and Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka. Dr. Sourojit specialises in neonatology, pediatric nutrition, adolescent medicine, asthma management, pediatric intensive care, safe vaccination techniques, and has managed sick, preterm, and ventilated newborns. He currently practices at Mata Roop Rani Maggo Hospital in Uttam Nagar.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

When patients recover and feel better, I feel extremely happy and content with my work.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

Treating a patient becomes simpler when they are cooperative.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

Managing a challenging patient can present a formidable task, especially in paediatric cases where one must address a cranky child who has been frightened by their parents regarding receiving injections from the doctor.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

Having the right knowledge is beneficial, but it can be detrimental if one only focuses on the negative aspects.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure?

People should only refer to reliable sources of health information.

How medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Misinformation often hinders the treatment. Not every fever is due to antibiotic deficiency. Avoid being a doctor yourself and stop experimenting medicines on your child.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

Visit your pediatrician before you start weaning the child off of breast milk at 6 months to properly start solids. Decrease milk and increase food after six months. Avoid salt and sugar till the child is 1-year-old. In case of fever, keep your child well hydrated and don’t panic and start antibiotics for every fever.

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