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Paediatrician Warns Against the Use of Cow Urine & Palm Oil for Treatment of Convulsing Children

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Cow2Dr. Adeboye Nurudeen of the Department of Paediatrics, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has warned mothers against the use of cow urine concoction as curative measure on convulsing children as practiced in some parts of the country.

He gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ilorin.

He explained that although febrile convulsion was usually a frightening experience for nursing  mothers, using such concoction would increase infant  morbidity and mortality.

He described febrile convulsion as “seizure caused by fever and a sudden change in a child’s body temperature.”

“A high temperature above 38°C is a sign of infection somewhere in the body and is often caused by a virus or bacteria. The best option in such a situation is to seek medical attention immediately and not to use cow urine,” he said.

He said it was wrong to administer cow urine concoction, common in South-west Nigeria or palm oil concoction, also common in South-Eastern Nigeria.

Nurudeen explained that other intervention methods practiced by nursing mothers included infliction of injury in form of burns, sacrifice and forceful feeding of convulsing child with various forms of traditional concoctions.

The paediatrician noted that though some of the concoctions could abort seizures, their harmful effects outweigh their usefulness.

“The harmful effects of cow urine concoction vary with the dosage given, route of administration and the interval that elapsed before presentation and the underlying pathology,” he added.

The expert, however, said such practice was gradually phasing out as more women were enlightened on the hazards.

The paediatrician further said that research had shown that the practice of using cow urine and sacrificial marks on convulsive children still persist in some parts of the country.

Nurudeen then urged mothers to seek prompt medical treatment at health facilities whenever their children experience  convulsion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

8 Comments

  1. glow

    October 10, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Trust me, those who do such definitely don’t visit Bellanaija.

    • bruno

      October 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

      says who? u are underestimating people like ada nnewi and cindy.

  2. Favour

    October 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Surely there is an alternative to palm oil and urine while not research on the traditional alternative to medicine and promote it, I remember when I was growing up it was promoted if you have diarrhoea use clean warm water and salt and a bit of sugar. Nigerians invest on research of our herbs and food , promote to the world. Most of these people using urine are not elite but if research is done on traditional methods then it benefits but elite and non elite and the whole world at large

  3. Favour

    October 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Surely there is an alternative to palm oil and urine why not research on the traditional alternative to medicine and promote it, I remember when I was growing up it was promoted if you have diarrhoea use clean warm water and salt and a bit of sugar. Nigerians invest on research of our herbs and food , promote to the world. Most of these people using urine are not elite but if research is done on traditional methods then it benefits but elite and non elite and the whole world at large

  4. Chukwu E.D.

    October 10, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Well said… I wonder when common sense will become really common in this country. I never knew people use cow-urine to treat convulsion until now. Isn’t it obvious that administering substance like cow-urine to a sick kid would cause more harm than good?
    Oh, government should try to work on our information dissemination system!
    Even if going to hospital as a private patient is expensive, you can leverage on HMOs or try NHIS, at least they have affordable healthcare packages.

    Good Bless Nigeria and Bellanaija!

  5. hey!

    October 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Never heard of cow urine and palm oil sha. But my siblings had convulsion for years, and it was palm kernel oil massaged all over their body and drunk with a small spoon shoved inside their mouths that stopped it when it happened. The person who said people who do such don’t visit bellanaija must be living in lalaland! Take it or leave it, alot, alot,oi mean,plenty people still follow the tradition way to cure certian ailments. No be by visiting bellanaija dey measure civilisation. Oga Bruno is there name dropping. Thanks favour, it wont be a bad idea if we harness some of our potent practices, certainly I won’t give anyone cow urine to drink sha.

    • Idomagirl

      October 11, 2016 at 1:35 am

      Re the palm kernel oil and spoon.
      We did that too.

  6. CHEEK

    October 11, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    IS THAT ADI AGBON?

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