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CHILD-BED FEVER

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Causes and Symptoms: Child-bed fever, or puerperal fever to give it its medical name, was and still is one of the main causes of mortality among the poor and the new mothers. This is the most common malady which afflicts women after they have given birth. A woman is subject to many infections after becoming a mother and any one of them may lead to a rise of temperature. She may have lost a lot of blood in the process of child birth or her vaginal tract may have been scrapped; the raw surfaces in the tract may lead to many infections.

The fever generally appears on the second or third day after labor. There is acute discomfort and pain in the lumber region. There may also be inflammation of the pelvic region and if appropriate steps are not taken early, the membrane enveloping the abdomen-the peritoneum-may become inflamed, leading in some cases to a serious condition known as septicemia or general blood poisoning. In case the temperature goes beyond 106oF. And cold compresses are unable to help and there is also a feeling of dizziness, the patient must be placed under the care of doctors.



Remedies: The first requirement is to douch the vaginal tract with a decoction of 4 tolas of neem leaves and one tola of Kameela leaves boiled with 6 mashas of Borax in 1.5 litres of water. In case of soreness or pain in the abdominal region, it should be fomented with pads soaked in lukewarm saline water. Constipation, if present, should be dealt with by administering Castor Oil-no purgatives should be ever given in that condition.

Six mashas each of Fennel, dried Blackberries, bark of the root of the Cotton Plant, Melon Seeds and small Caltrops (Gokharu) should be boiled in 250 ml of water and when the water evaporates to half its original quantity, it should be strained and sweetened with honey and given to drink.

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