What impressed us the most about Dr Chirag Shah is that he is very thorough. By that we mean that even if we consulted the doctor for a slight fever, or a cold/cough, he would go beyond the obvious symptoms and give the child a thorough checkup. After all, even if we are the parents, we don't know the child's body as well as a pediatrician does. I'd like to explain this with an incident. When my daughter was about 2-21/2 years old, one day she was crying continuously and was inconsolable. It was very strange for us, because my daughter has always been a cheerful girl and doesn't throw tantrums even when she is ill. Finally we brought her to this doctor, who within seconds of examination, told us that she was suffering from an earache. His prescribed medicine gave her (and us) immediate relief. While we are much aware of such symptoms now, at that time, it was akin to a miracle. Such gentle support to parents coming from a pediatrician is very important.
Secondly, he also doesn't prescribe too many medicines unless absolutely necessary. Because his clinic is visited by people from all strata of the society, the medicines he prescribes are not very costly and very effective.
Dr Chirag Shah also now runs a Children's Hospital in Orlem, Malad West. A very hardworking doctor who is available in his clinic till the last patient leaves. Because of these qualities, he is a very popular doctor and that's why his clinic is always crowded. Which means that he is usually at the clinic till 1 am or so. In case of emergencies, he does provide his own phone number, but it is very rare and only on need basis.
The only thing is he doesn't provide counselling to parents... like how to make my child sleep well, or eat well, or such. But he will definitely guide you to the right person to consult for such questions.
I would definitely recommend this doctor to parents.
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