Dr Adeboye Nurudeen of the Department of Pediatrics, 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, and  explained that although febrile convulsion was usually a frightening experience for nursing mothers, using such concoction would increase infant morbidity and mortality, and he described febrile convulsion as “seizure caused by fever and a sudden change in a child’s body temperature adding that “A high temperature above 38°C is a sign of infection somewhere in the body and is often caused by a virus or bacteria, and “The best option in such a situation is to seek medical attention immediately and not to use cow urine.’’He also said it was wrong to administer cow urine concoction, this is so common in South-west Nigeria or the use of palm oil concoction, also common in South-Eastern Nigeria, explaining 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 pediatrician noted that though some of the concoctions could abort seizures, their harmful effects outweigh their usefulness, and “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, and he 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.


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