Holguín Pediatricians Warn Seriousness In The Use Of Natural Medicine In Children Under Five Years Of Age

Holguín Pediatricians Warn Seriousness In The Use Of Natural Medicine In Children Under Five Years Of Age

Pediatricians of the province of Holguin They warned about the seriousness of using natural medicine in children under five years of age, according to information shared on the specialized Health portal on the island.

“The pediatricians in the province of Holguín are concerned during this 2022 by the incidence of children under five years of age who arrive at health services with a high degree of commitment to life. When inquiring into the possible causes, the common denominator arises of having been supplied in the homes with tea, infusions or concoctions of different medicinal plants ”, refers to the note published this Monday on the portal of Infomed of that eastern province of the island.

They also clarify that “this treatment, although it can be very beneficial in adults for certain ailments, its use is contraindicated in young children and far from helping it can cause serious damage to their health, even irreversible”.


“Phytotherapy, as is medically recognized, should not be given to children under five years of age, not even the popular syrups,” also points out the first-degree specialist in Pediatrics at the “Octavio de la Concepción de la Pedraja” Pediatric Hospital. , Dr. Indira Espinosa Matos.

Likewise, the specialist recalled that children under one year of age or less should not be given honey or tea of ​​any kind.

“We have had children who have become very serious due to complicated digestive conditions because their mothers, grandmothers or a relative supplies them with tea from plants such as Menta, Anón, Quitadolor, Cress and Sasafras, among others,” added Dr. Espinosa Matos.

The expert also commented that “if this is associated with children who have nutritional deficits, such as low weight or malnutrition, this infection has greater consequences in these patients, which can even cost them their lives.”

The note reiterates that no one doubts that natural remedies can be very effective, but in young children they are “double-edged swords” and that using them as a solution for colic, intoxication, ingestion or colds can cause more harm than good.

The information specifies that in children under five, with emphasis on the first year of life, “medications work calculated with exact doses, in relation to weight and age and in home remedies it is almost impossible to apply this rule.”

Lastly, they refer that Traditional Natural Medicine has shown efficacy but “from the age of five, and that the health authorities insist that the Holguin family take into account the treatments they apply to children under five years of age, in addition to recommending “the close adherence to medical advice”.

Users of Facebook They commented on the profile of Radio Holguín La Nueva that although the information is valuable, “we all know the lack of medicines that exist, and the expensive prices of those that are on the street. So the Cuban, subsisting and surviving as always, has had to resort to the advice of grandmothers and green medicine, God help us because we are living in terrible times.”

“It is the only solution that family members find to alleviate some ailment, perhaps from clear ignorance, but in this country there are no medicines,” adds another comment.

A netizen says that “it is sad and painful to see a sick child and not have medicine to give him.”

In last July it transpired that the demand for medicinal plants had increased in Cuba before the critical shortage of medicines in pharmacies, according to a specialist from Ciego de Ávila.

According to Imayasil Ulloa Trujillo, an expert in Medicinal Plants at the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture in that province, the demands are higher, which is why six new hectares (ha) were being conditioned to complement the 52 ha already allocated to the Medicinal Plants Program and Dry Seasonings.

“We currently have 52 ha dedicated to this program, as there is an awareness that it is urgent to support the country’s basic medication schedule through preparations, including antihypertensives, cardiocirculatory, digestive, antispasmodics, antiasthmatics, and expectorants, which are made based on medicinal plants“, declared Ulloa Trujillo, to the official newspaper Invasive.

He said that the Ministry of Public Health and LABIOFAM were requesting plants to “produce drugs of proven effectiveness in numerous diseases.”

Ciego de Ávila guaranteed 28 of the 42 assorted products that are within the country’s basic medicine list in 2021, including aloe vera, sage, chamomile, oregano, guava, kidney tea, holy cane, Majagua flower, romerillo, wall, linden, passion flower, sweet orange, mangrove and onion, highlighted the specialist.

The local government also promoted the use of these preparations to cure common ailments among the country’s population on its social networks.

Cuba has been going through a critical situation with the supply of medicines since 2020. Only in the province of Sancti Spiritus The authorities admitted that there is a deficit of more than 120 medicines and affirmed that an improvement in the shortage is not in sight in the near future.

The situation was confirmed by the country’s authorities, who assured that they are missing 143 of the 627 medications that make up the basic picture of public health.

The president of the BioCubaFarma Business Group, Eduardo Martínez Díaz, affirmed that this high deficit is due to the lack of financing and problems with payment to suppliers.

In this context, specialists have suggested use green medicine as an alternative to drug shortages.

Although it is true that dozens of patients assure that many of these treatments work, in other cases the naturopathic advice of the Cuban authorities has been questioned by the population.

In provinces like Santiago de Cuba, the doctors received in 2021 “an intensive course” on the “use of natural and traditional medicine (NTM) to alleviate the lack of medicines” in the network of pharmacies in the province.

A doctor from that province explained that there was great concern in the sector because although remedies are sometimes prescribed to treat non-communicable chronic diseases such as arterial hypertension with garlic, holy cane or passion flower, diabetes with cinnamon and purple basil, and asthma with bronquillo and copal; nothing replaces the use of conventional medications, such as enalapril or salbutamol.



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