It is a popular belief that no sane parent would deliberately create problem for his/her child, but that does not negate the fact that some parents unknowingly create some serious
health challenges for their children. Dr Emeka Nwolisa, a Consultant Paediatrician shares with us, a scenario that explains how some parents create problem for their children.
Your child has Malaria and truly the laboratory test confirmed it. He was given an Artenisinin based combination (ACT) and truly you administered it as prescribed, but then he did not get well or got well and had fever again after a few days. Before you go doubting the competence of the doctor or classifying the drug as fake. …just wait a minute. Did you give your child vitamin C syrup or any Multivitamin preparation containing Vitamin C while he was taking the ACT? Did your child take his usual and “compulsory” packs of juices while taking the ACT? If yes, you created the problem! Vitamin C and any ACT should not be taken concurrently. Vitamin C reduces the efficacy and treatment failure may result. Learning point… For the number of days the child is taking the ACT, do well to keep juices and your wonderful Multivitamin preparations away!