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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS   SEPTEMBER 2011 , Volume 21 , Number 3; Page(s) 325 To 330.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECT OF TRADITIONAL REMEDIES (CAMEL'S THORN, FLIXWEED AND SUGAR WATER) ON IDIOPATHIC NEONATAL JAUNDICE

 
 
Author(s):  BOSKABADI HASSAN*, MAAMOURI GHOLAMALI, MAFINEJAD SHAHIN
 
* NEONATAL RESEARCH CENTER, GHAEM HOSPITAL, MASHHAD UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, MASHHAD, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective: Jaundice is the most common reason of newborn’s admission to neonatal ward. Many Iranian families give traditional remedies like sugar water, camel's thorn and flixweed extracts to breast-fed babies for reducing jaundice. This study investigated the effect of traditional remedies on idiopathic neonatal jaundice.
Methods: This prospective study has been performed on 336 babies with idiopathic jaundice in a four year period (2005-2009) at Ghaem hospital, Mashhad, Iran. The babies were divided into two groups. In case group (n=234) breast-fed babies received no remedy and in control group (n=102), traditional remedies were given additional to breast milk and the results recorded and compared.
Findings: In the present study significant differences were observed between the two groups in age of admission (6.8±3.2 vs 9.2±3.7 day, P<0.001), serum bilirubin values (17.8 vs 21.3 mg/dl, P<0.001) and percent of weight loss (P<0.01). There were no significant differences between the two groups in birth weight, sex, gestational age and duration of hospitalization, age at jaundice remission, hematocrit value and maternal factors (age, gestational order, pregnancy and labor problems) (P>0.05).
Conclusion: Traditional remedies (camel's thorn, flixweed and sugar water) cause more weight loss and delayed reexamination of newborns leading to increased hyperbilirubinemia. These remedies may raise pseudo confidence in parents, which postpones reexamination and follow up of the newborns.

 
Keyword(s): HYPERBILIRUBINEMIA, TRADITIONAL MEDICINE, CAMEL'S THORN, FLIXWEED, NEONATAL JAUNDICE
 
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