‘Pedicon-2012,’ the 41st annual State conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)- Kerala chapter, concluded at Kadavu Resorts here on Sunday with a call to make more medical interventions for reducing the infant mortality rate in the State.

The two-day meet, the theme for which was ‘Childhood-reclaiming the magic,’ witnessed the presentation of over 50 scientific papers on the latest developments in the specialty.

The papers discussed in detail non-responding pneumonias, childhood asthma phenotypes, metabolic liver disease, newer vaccines, pain in children, childhood leukaemia, dermatological issues, renal rickets, Down’s syndrome, and basic immunology.

Taking into account the changing social scenario, topics such as challenges in adolescent practice, social security for children – the scaffolding of a safety net, and approach to children with precocious puberty were discussed.

Children’s problems, including their psychological and physical issues, dominated most of the scientific sessions.

Neurology protocol

The release of a neurology protocol and one for the management of children with Down’s syndrome prepared by the IAP-Pediatric Neurology Chapter was one of the highlights of the meet.

E.K. Suresh Kumar, organising secretary of the event, said modern methods of neonatal care were discussed in detail at the meet. Workshops on paediatric endocrinology, paediatric pulmonology, genetics, neuroimaging, and newborn hearing screening helped the participants refresh their knowledge and understand the changing face of the specialty in modern times, he said.


The conference installed Sachidananda Kamath, one of the recipients of the Best Doctor Award of the State government, president of the IAP-Kerala chapter and Suresh Kumar, general secretary for 2013.

It was after a gap of 10 years that the city was hosting the annual meet, the organisers said.