Category Archives: Myth n Reality

Aceclofenac for fever in children ?

These days there is a spate of medicines for children, containing a combination of Aceclofenac and  Paracetamol. Almost every Pharma company worth its salt has launched this combination, using brand names of their (now banned) previous fever medicines. One such medicine is Syrup Nimucet AF. 
What most of the quacks, chemists and most parents dont know is that Aceclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug  (NSAID) analog of Diclofenac. It is used for the relief of pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. It is not a drug for fever, and it is NOT recommended for use in children.

ref. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aceclofenac

Umbilical cord care

Myth:

Umbilical Cord stump heals faster when Neosporin Powder is applied.

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Reality:

Researchers have found that a cord heals faster if left alone. Powder will in fact accumulate dirt with it and might predispose the cord to infections.

Ideal cord care:

  • Keep the stump clean. Parents were once instructed to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol after every diaper change. Researchers now say the stump might heal faster if left alone. If the stump becomes dirty or sticky, clean it with plain water — then dry it by holding a clean, absorbent cloth around the stump or fanning it with a piece of paper.
  • Keep the stump dry. Expose the stump to air to help dry out the base. Keep the front of your baby’s diaper folded down to avoid covering the stump. In warm weather, dress your baby in a diaper and T-shirt to improve air circulation.
  • Stick with sponge baths. Sponge baths might be most practical during the healing process. When the stump falls off, you can bathe your baby in a baby tub or sink.
  • Let the stump fall off on its own. Resist the temptation to pull off the stump yourself, even if it’s hanging on by only a thread.

Sunlight for Jaundice in newborn

Myth:

Early Morning sunlight cures jaundice in newborns.

Reality:

A special light is needed to reduce the level of Bilirubin in blood. This wavelength of light(the blue spectrum from approximately 390 to 470 nm.) can only be provided by  special equipment known a Photo Therapy Unit.  Sometimes  parents try to treat their jaundiced babies on their own without the proper equipment. Placing a baby under lights at home, near a windowsill in the sunlight, or outside in the sun will not lower the amount of bilirubin in his or her blood. Your baby’s skin may get burned by the lights or the sun. In addition, your baby may get too cold. Special lights and controlled surroundings are always needed to treat jaundice safely.

The myth, that exposure to sun cures jaundice, probably originated because the sunlight contains all wavelengths of light including the desired blue as well as the harmful Ultra Violet. Filtered sunlight has een used at remote places where the proper equipment (or electricity to run them) is not available. But there, a UV filter has to be used and the baby has to be put naked under the filtered sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours.