Common childhood illnesses - Doctor Q&A

The conditions afflicting most children include the common cold, bronchitis and bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis (stomach flu), constipation, hand, foot and mouth disease, chickenpox and asthma. 

If you have questions on common childhood illnesses, don't miss this opportunity to ask our specialist of the month – Dr Barathi Rajendra, a Senior Consultant with the General Paediatric Service, Department of Paediatrics, at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.

This Ask the Specialist forum will be open from 1 July to 31 July 2018.

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Dr Barathi Rajendra, Senior Consultant

Dr Barathi Rajendra​​ is a Senior Consultant with the General Paediatric Service, Department of Paediatrics, at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). Her clinical interests are in newborn and well-baby screening, childhood immunisations, developmental assessments, and management of common childhood illnesses.

Dr Barathi completed her medical training in Nottingham University, United Kingdom (UK) in 1995. After obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) in 2000, she went on to complete her specialist training in Paediatrics at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the UK for five years, leading to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training. She subsequently moved to Singapore and KKH to further her career in 2009.

Dr Barathi has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals. She has also participated at local and international paediatric conferences. As an avid educator, Dr Barathi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as the Graduate School of Medicine, Duke-NUS. She also teaches at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Dr Barathi holds the teaching post of Physician Faculty for the Paediatric Residency Programme, SingHealth Residency, as well as teaches nurses undergoing the Masters of Nursing programme at Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies.

Hear from Dr Barathi Rajendra

Dr Barathi will be one of the speakers at the upcoming "Raising Happy and Healthy Kids" forum, which will take place at KKH on 4 Aug 2018, 11am to 2pm. Here are details of the forum and how to register.

Forum Parenthood – An Amazing Journey: Raising Happy and Healthy Kids​

4 Aug 2018 (Sat)

​Time 11.00am to 2.00pm
(Registration starts at 10.30am)
​Venue ​KKH Auditorium (Training Centre), Level 1, Women’s Tower
​Organiser ​KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
​Cost $15 per person / $25 per couple*
(*Register for more than one forum in the series to enjoy special rates)
​Registration ​Seats are confirmed upon full payment on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fee is non-refundable.

​The forum comprises topics that covers common childhood illness and essential skills on raising your child happily and healthily in the new digital age. Topics covered include:

  • Does My Child Have Asthma?
  • Mind Your Child - What Matters for Your Child's Emotional Health
  • Raising Healthy Warriors - Managing Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Children and Screen Time - Parenting in the New Digital Age

This forum will be conducted in English.

​Enquiries Please call 6394-1268 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm) or visit​