Espinhela Caida, Bucho Virado and Mal de Sete Dias – Myths and Truths

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Popular beliefs always populate the conversations of those who are older. I always heard my mother and aunts talk about when someone raises the baby that the tripe has seen, or when he was too scared. Espinhela fallen as a baby is another subject that appeared at home, but is all of this true? What is the fallen spine and the overturned tripe? Well, to start we must remember that it is a myth and truth and some involve superstitions of the ancients (grandparents, great-grandparents and great-grandparents) so it is not a text about religionbut about cases that were so common in centuries past where medicine was not as accessible and developed as it is today. So, in order to unravel these myths, I went deeper to find out what is true and myth about these secular evils that can affect a baby.

Fallen Espinhela – Truth!

Fallen spine or fallen ark is a disease that can cause many symptoms in both adults and babies, but in babies it is more unusual. The fallen spinel is nothing more than a name given to a displacement of the bone in the middle chest. Is this bone flexible and can it move in adults for carrying excess weight and in babies? This dislocation can happen due to bad conditions when it comes to picking up the baby, it can also happen due to playing games like throwing up and other reasons and the symptoms can be:

  • Vomiting
  • Uncomfortable position (no position is right for the baby)
  • Very heartfelt cries (due to the feeling of pain)
  • Arm or legs longer than the other

And to diagnose? Nowadays scientifically proven, it is known that a simple x-ray can show the dislocated bone in the chest and the famous fallen spine, but since it is not a very widespread disease, several diagnoses can be made until arriving at what it really can be. Antônia, a 70-year-old woman used to witness cases of fallen spinel and was formerly treated with a lot of superstition involving prayers and healers, today it is not always like that but there is still superstition around the fallen spine.

“In the past, when we saw a child crying too much, the mother already suspected of a fallen spine and soon the first person consulted on the subject was the healer. My mother was a blessing her whole life, a teaching from mother to daughter, but I did not want to continue with the mission. She blessed both children with fallen spines and upturned tripe and was in great demand. To check if there was even a fallen spine, we measured the child’s legs, belly and arms with string and then if there was a difference, prayers were made to restore the child’s health and almost as soon as the symptoms disappeared. ”

But how to cure fallen spinel then without the aid of “prayers” as in the past? Do not freak out! physiotherapy sessions can resolve . If your baby is crying too much, it is worth asking the pediatrician to take a look at the baby and if necessary, do an x-ray of the chest.

Overturned tripe – Almost true!

Except that the overturned tripe is now known by another name : shaken baby syndrome . This syndrome is activated by movements that move the brain inside the child’s skull and thus can cause the baby to have problems such as vomiting, irritability, seizures and all this due to injury that may have been caused by sudden manual movements involving the baby then such an innocent game of throwing the baby up and taking it can become a risk to the baby.

Seven Day Evil – Lie

The seven-day evil was feared by mothers who locked themselves in the fourth after the baby’s birth and on the seventh day of the child’s birth, did not expose the newborn baby to light and dressed her in red to ward off the evil. This seven-day illness can be interpreted in two ways: Jaundice or inflammation of the umbilicus, neonatal tetanus, both were unknown to many people in the past. The yellowing as the jaundice was called could even kill the child depending on the degree and coincidentally worsened on the baby’s 7th day of life. Infection of the umbilicus, neonatal tetanus was due to poor hygiene in the cutting instrumentand rust when separating the mother from the baby by the umbilical cord. So we can conclude that the part of the disease is true but the folklore around it is not real, leaving the child closed in the dark room would not prevent the disease.

Fortunately, both are diagnosed and medicated by doctors and have been removed from modern times. Popular beliefs that ended up being confirmed and others that do not fit and are just popular wisdom? so send your question, who knows, she may not be in the next myths and truths of motherhood.

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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