Tamil Nadu: Three-month-old infant dies after being fed castor oil to treat constipation

In this situation, the couple’s relatives and neighbours had suggested them to give some castor oil to the baby as self-medication to cure it.

Published: 04th June 2020 11:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2020 11:27 PM   |  A+A-


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KARUR: A three-month-old infant died in Karur due to self-medication performed by the infant’s parents at their home.

Born to 30-year-old P Chinnarasu -- a daily wage labourer and Meena (26), the infant was affected by constipation for the past few days. In this situation, the couple’s relatives and neighbours had suggested them to give some castor oil to the baby as self-medication to cure it. Following their suggestion, the child was fed milk along with castor oil. 

Later, the infant fell sick and died at Trichy GH while undergoing treatment.

The police sources said, "instead of taking the baby to a doctor, the parents gave the baby some castor oil along with the milk. Due to this, the infant started suffering from breathing issues. They had immediately taken the infant to a nearby hospital for treatment. But the doctors advised them to take the baby to Trichy GH for enhanced treatment. Unfortunately, the baby died at the hospital while undergoing treatment. Doctors have told that feeding castor oil to the baby was the main reason for death".

Speaking to New Indian Express, Dr Mathura, a paediatrician said, “Many of them are still carrying out self-medication despite issuing several awareness and warnings to them. While self-medication is not encouraged even for adults, people are carrying it out on children. This happens majorly in the rural areas of our country. Lack of awareness leads them to do such activities. At the end of the day, the people are the ones who are going to suffer and sometimes might also end up in a life loss. Without giving a second thought, the must take their child and visit a doctor if he/she is not feeling well. Each child reacts differently to different medications based on their health conditions and that’s the reason one mustn’t prescribe their own medicines to their children.”

Palaviduthi police officials have filed a case and are further investigating.


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