Dr. Meenakshi is a dentist and a passionate writer with over eight years of experience in dentistry and four years in writing. She started her career as a dentist with a dental chain in Mumbai and soon rose to lead the clinic as a Head Dentist. She then switched to working for two start-ups in healthcare, before beginning her own solopreneur journey as the writer that she is today.
For MomJunction, she writes health, wellness, well-being articles on babies and kids. She loves working on different types of articles on a flexible schedule.
Dr. Meenakshi did her Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, India, and completed a management program (General Management for Healthcare Executives) from the prestigious IIM Bangalore. She also holds a Diploma in Creative Writing from IGNOU, Delhi.
Reading on her Kindle, traveling with family and friends, enjoying gastronomic experiences, and watching scientific documentaries are her hobbies.
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In their own way, every child is unique and special. However, some may require extra help to navigate their everyday activities. Parenting children with special needs may require extra effort as they need help to tide over a medical condition, a pre-existing disease or syndrome, a learning disability, or an emotional issue. Compared to children […]
Knowing how to get your toddler to listen can make it easier for many parents and caregivers to manage difficult moments due to toddlers’ tantrums. It is common for toddlers to show behavioral outbursts such as defiance, mood swings, aggression, and screaming. These all are signs of the healthy development of your little one’s brain. […]
Parents often observe the color of their baby’s poop to ensure that they are pooping right. However, a change in bowel movements or poop’s color, such as black poop in babies, can raise concerns. Baby poop can be of different textures, colors, smells, and consistencies. They can usually be seen in green, yellow, tan, brown, […]
It is no secret that babies love to be cuddled and held. Everything is new for the baby, so being held close to the parent can give them a sense of comfort and security. But if a baby wants to be held all the time and gets fussy if not held, then it may be […]
Parents pay close attention to their baby’s meals and milestones as well as their poop. While your baby’s poop color may vary depending on their food and feeding patterns, white poop in babies who are otherwise healthy is uncommon and can indicate a major problem. The color of your baby’s feces reflects their general health […]
As a parent, you want to treasure every memory from your child’s development years. Hence, many parents save their child’s baby teeth. They may also do this to turn them into a memorable gift for the child when they grow older or to play out the child’s belief in the tooth fairy. Aside from these […]
Due to its skin-protective properties, using zinc oxide for babies is mostly considered safe. As a result, it is often an active component in sunscreens, baby powders, baby lotions, and other skincare products. For example, calamine lotion, a topical treatment for skin irritation, is one of the most popular zinc oxide-containing skincare products for babies. […]
Swollen baby eyes can leave parents worried since eyes are delicate and essential organs. The swelling of the eyes can be of different intensities, depending on the underlying reasons. Sustained swelling may increase the risk of vision and other eye-related problems. Prompt identification and treatment can help improve outcomes and prevent complications. Read this post […]
Babies achieve various during the first year of life. However, since sitting upright is one of the most noticeable physical developmental milestones in babies, many parents may wonder, “when does a baby sit up?” Although most babies can sit with support in early infancy, sitting upright without support requires significant skill development. It may also […]
Babies and toddlers require adequate physical activity, too, just like older children. As the infant grows older, parents might try assistive exercises for babies and teach them these in relevant ways. Physical activity promotes a baby’s overall development and growth. It also makes it easier for children to start living an active lifestyle from a […]
The process of eruption of milk teeth is called teething. While the teething process follows a set pattern, it is not uncommon to see late teething in babies. The exact cause behind it is usually not always known. Nevertheless, most late teething cases are benign and do not need any intervention. Your pediatric dentist can […]
A newborn requires utmost care and attention. This may raise several concerns and queries for the new parents, such as how often to bathe a baby. Bathing is an essential part of the baby’s daily routine. It is also enjoyable for the baby and offers an opportunity for the parents to bond with their newborns. […]
A reflex is an involuntary reaction or movement to a stimulus. Grasping reflex in babies is an innate reflex that involves the involuntary actions of fingers (1). For instance, when you give them your finger or an object, they try to clench or grasp it. Most responses of newborns and infants are reflexive in nature. […]
Urate crystals in newborn diaper may indicate reddish, orange, or pinkish residue in urine, almost similar to brick-red dust or pinkish stain in the diaper. Because of diaper discoloration associated with urate crystals, parents often assume it to be bloody urine. Urate is a salt made up of uric acid, a weak organic acid produced […]
Given the increased physical and mental stress with growing age, self-care for teens is an important aspect to discuss. During teenage years, your child goes through substantial changes in their lives- from their bodily and hormonal changes to stressing over their education and personal life. While there is a lot of awareness regarding teenage physical […]
Parents who have one child can sometimes draw criticism due to the term called ‘only child syndrome.’ Whether or not to have more than one child is entirely up to a parent. It is a widely believed fallacy that a single child with no siblings is not loving and empathetic. They could develop anxiety disorders […]
Cognitive activities for infants can strengthen their ability to think, communicate, and analyze. A child’s cognitive development happens when they interact with their environment (1). Each interaction gives rise to new nerve connections in the brain. In infants, cognitive development is seen when they grow curious and reach out with their hands to touch and […]
Warts are skin growths that develop on different body parts and are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are harmless but are contagious and spread easily. Warts on kids usually occur on hands, feet, and fingers and spread out to other bodily parts. However, they can also occur in adults. According to a StatPearls […]
Have you heard about the oldest child syndrome? According to Alfred Adler’s Birth Order Theory, one’s personality and who one becomes as an individual is influenced by the order they come in the family (1). Although the theory has been challenged repeatedly, a few characteristics stated for oldest, middle, and youngest children remain consistent, and […]
Yoga helps improve flexibility, strength, sleep, and posture and reduces stress, aches, and pains. Furthermore, yoga also helps maintain health and wellness. It is said that prenatal yoga may also help you get through labor and manage labor pains. However, if you plan to include first trimester yoga, it is advisable to check with your […]
Pink eye in pregnancy is a common eye-related infection, which gives the eyes a red or pinkish-red appearance. Pink eye or conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (clear membrane covering the white of the eye) and the inner lining of the eyelid. The incidence is also high in children and adults and is contagious […]