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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5

Give kids a chance…

Editor-in-Chief, JISPPD, Nair Hospital Dental College, Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, India

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S G Damle
Editor-in-Chief, JISPPD, Nair Hospital Dental College, Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.31980

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Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any of us will ever have - and undoubtably one of the toughest. Over the years the times have changed and the newer generation of children are living in an increasingly complex world which challenges them with a wide range of problems which are difficult for a child to understand and comprehend and cumbersome for adults to explain. In this Gen-Next era where children are bombarded by television, media and the vast expanses of the Internet it is not unusual to assume that they can easily access information and data that may at times be beyond their scope of understanding and reason. Whatever the child's age, they deserve honest assurances and explanation. It is this that strengthens the child's ability to think.

When we do not provide satisfactory answers to children, they develop fantasy explanations that may be more dangerous than actual reality. While we may not want to discuss intricate details of certain issues with a child, we should try not to leave any gaps as children try to fill the blanks, which generates anxiety in their tender minds.

Children have a right to grow up in a nutritious environment, only then can they realize their full potential. Unfortunately, all children do not receive parental affection and protection. Some children are unlucky and are dragged away from the society as they fall prey to anti-social elements, who subject them to physical torture and sexual abuse. Often these children make the street their home. Street children are boys and girls who use the street as their source of livelihood and shelter.

Over the days the number of street children has increased. Many children are intentionally disfigured to generate hefty amounts of alms by gaining sympathy from the public. There is often a nexus of professional gangs that operates such rackets. More so there is a tendency to view street children as free spirits, victims and as criminals. What we tend to overlook is that these children are losing their childhood and their innocence in search of their daily loaf of bread. It is necessary for all white collar gentlemen to work together and to reason why these fateful children are on the street and whether they are tremendously burdened by emotional, physical and social ailments.

As the number of these children is increasing the demand for their general and oral healthcare is also on the rise. It has been observed that opportunistic fungal infections like candidiasis, viral infections like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis and Tuberculosis are prevalent among these children. It is not surprising that the oral health of these children is very poor as most of them do not have access to regular oral healthcare and have never visited a dental surgeon. The awareness regarding oral hygiene is also poor as most of them do not use any oral hygiene measures. It is high time that we take an initiative to improve not only their oral but their general health as well. Over the years a lot of effort has been put in to improve the oral health of school children and children residing in slums, but now it is time to embark on a new venture and take action to rehabilitate and improve the quality of life of these unfortunate street children and Give them A Chance...!


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