Mothers resort to alternative cure for dengue

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


DENGUE may not have a cure yet, but mothers, whose children are afflicted with this viral infection, offered some products and herbs that could help parents in making their kids recover.

“These [supplements] are not recommended by the doctor. But as a mother, we will do anything to save our children,” said Suzan, 38, whose daughter is currently confined at a private hospital in Barangay Carmen.

One of these alternative medicines is Yunnan Baiyao capsule, sold at P279 per pack in a pharmacy that sells Chinese products.

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“A sibling told me about it (capsule). I also heard from friends that their kids had recovered by taking it. I gave it a try. It actually helps. But dengue has no cure. Fluid intake and supplements can help, though,” she said.

Suzan’s daughter Catherine, 9 years old, is second of her six children to contract dengue recently.

Her two children’s recent bout with dengue prompted her to ask mothers and friends whose kids had also been afflicted with the virus.

“When one of my kids was confined at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), me and other mothers would share the various herbs we have tried on our children,” she said.

Both her children study at Cogon Elementary School in El Salvador where she suspected her children got the mosquito bites resulting to dengue fever.

“Where we reside, there are only a few mosquitos. My kids had dengue after they came back from school,” Suzan said.

Suzan also used Vitaplus, a flavored powdered fruit juice which can boost the immune system.

She also had her daughter intake Regenis, a probiotic health supplement by Well series and Carica Seed Extract, a natural syrup made from papaya and honey. The following products, according to her, can be bought in malls and stores in the city.

Mott’s Apple Juice is also an effective juice supplement, according to the dengue patients.

Evelyn Moreno’s grandchild, Ken, 10 years old, is set to be discharged from the said hospital. They are residents of Barangay Patag.

“I’ve tried a lot of medications for him (Ken). We went to a faith healer, but we ended up bringing him to the hospital when it got worse,” Moreno said during an interview on Wednesday.

She also tried blending malunggay (moringa) leaves which she mixed with milk and apple so the drink would not taste too unpleasant for her grandchild.

“I also tried using the ‘tawa-tawa’ (scientific name: Euphorbia hirta) leaves. I boiled them then had him drink the water from it. It was good; I think he got well,” Moreno added.

However, doctors at the hospital warn mothers on improvising instead of following the physicians’ prescription.

“These homemade medications, they are using it at their own risk. These are not scientific and may have side effects,” a resident pediatrician of a hospital here said.

The tawa-tawa leaves, for instance, if not boiled and cleaned well, may cause diarrhea which can worsen the patient’s condition.

Mothers like Evelyn and Suzan are only few of the mothers in the city whose children are infected with this dreaded illness.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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