During my rounds with doctors while writing for Times Wellness, there were several medical ‘myths’ which I collected and these are given below. All have been passed on to me by doctors, but were never used in any published article.
Myth: Wrap up a child with fever.
This is an is an old wives’s tale. Wrapping makes the fever worse, while a bath may well bring down the fever. One should use lukewarm water.
Myth: A vigorous massage is a must for newborns.
It’s the touch stimulus which is important, and the gentle touch of the mother or grandmother is needed. In fact an untrained bai’s massage which is often rough, should be avoided.
(Dr. Rahul Verma, Pediatrician)
Myth: There is weight gain after the removal of the uterus, a , a ceasarian or an insertion of a Copper T.
The excess weight is caused by over-eating and lack of exercise. People believe that after these surgeries they are somehow handicapped for life and they take excessive care of themselves. To them this means eating fatty food and not exercising.
Myth: Uterine surgery has permanent after-effects.
Once healed, you can lead a normal life. The ovaries are left intact so hormones are not affected.
Myth: White discharge is a sign of cancer
There are many reasons for white discharge and cancer is an uncommon cause.
(Dr. Chhaya M. Choudhary, Gynecologist)
Myth: Milk teeth are not important.
If milk teeth are neglected and they have to be removed, then this can affect the permanent teeth and this may require orthodontic treatment later on.
Myth: Loss of teeth in mid-thirties is inevitable.
As far as possible the tooth needs to be saved, nothing is inevitable. Removing a tooth can affect the remaining teeth.
(Dr. Leena Nayak, dentist)
Myth: Calcium can be taken without prescription
Calcium is not really an OTC drug, though it is freely available over the counter. It should only taken only on prescription, and the dosage and formulation will depend on one’s age and bone health. For example, younger people need a different formulation. Older people might need to get tests done. Also, if osteoporosis has already set in then the calcium to be taken is different. Besides, the calcium needs to be taken on a particular regimen. Popping pills whenever one feels like it is not very useful.
Myth: Calcium causes kidney stones.
Kidney stones are caused by a mix of genetic and external factors like fluid intake, diet etc. Kidney stones are not caused by calcium tablets.
(Dr. Narresh M. Khanna, Orthopedic Surgeon )