Mothers have been warned against the use of camphor around their babies.
According to popular medical doctor, Fidelis Egemba, a.k.a Aproko Doctor, camphor causes jaundice especially in newborn babies.
On his Twitter handle with the name, Nonso MD Aproko Doctor, Dr. Egemba, explained how camphor interferes with babies’ blood and oxygen circulation and causes brain damage.
He wrote: “WARNING! If you have a newborn baby, avoid camphor around them and even on their clothes. Camphor or naphthalene is linked to jaundice in new babies.
“Jaundice is yellow coloration of their skin and eyes because of overproduction of bilirubin. It can cause brain damage! Please RT.
“Our red cells contain hemoglobin, this is what helps carry the oxygen from your lungs to other places when red blood cells are broken down, this haemoglobin is broken down to bilirubin. When this gets to the liver, they are combined with a compound that makes them less harmful.
“Some babies, mostly male babies may lack an enzyme called G6PD, this deficiency is inherited and common in Africans. It helps protect the red cells from damage and when it’s lacking, the cells break down easily. Exposing them to camphor can rapidly breakdown their blood cells.
“Also, babies have a special kind of red blood cells at birth that have a short life span.They also have low concentrations of that binding substance in the liver.
“Now camphor may increase the breakdown of these red blood cells causing an increase in bilirubin. Because this bilirubin is not bound, it enters into the blood stream, this is what colors the eyes and the skin of the baby yellow.
“If it gets too high, it may get into the brain of thay baby, this can lead to seizures, drowsiness, poor feeding or sucking, abnormal cries.
“Most people say that putting babies under the sun can help reduce jaundice, but because of the risk of burning them or increasing their temperature to risky levels, it is no longer recommended.
“If you suspect your baby has jaundice, see a pediatrician immediately.”