7 Dangerous Methods Nigerian Women Use To Abort Pregnancy

Except it is performed to save the life of the pregnant woman, abortion is considered illegal in Nigeria.

This is one of the reasons why Nigerians have devised different ways to abort a pregnancy. The sad fact however is that most of these methods can lead to serious complications, death, infection and when it fails, birth defects for the baby.

Here are dangerous techniques you shouldn’t use to abort a pregnancy;

1. Illegal D and C

Given that abortions are illegal in Nigeria, a majority of the practitioners that perform these procedures are quacks who call themselves doctors. It is for this reason that many women have lost their lives. Illegal abortions contribute to the high maternal mortality rate in Nigeria.

2. Dry Gin

Dry gin on it’s own is not illegal, it’s just an alcoholic drink but do you know, some women use it to induce abortions? Some mix it with potash or ‘alabukun’ and others use it to take abortion drugs. This combination can be so deadly because it might react wrongly in the body and cause damage to the womb or even death.

3. Lime

There’s scientific proof that lime or lemon juice can prevent conception (in rats), so there it is no wonder why some women mix lime or lemon juice together with ‘alabukun’ and drink it to cause abortion or prevent a pregnancy. Some women buy 7 up and ‘alabukun’ and mix it with lime juice. This is a very crude method that can lead to death.

4. Abortion pills

Abortion pills are often sold in chemists and pharmacists around the country. Too often many women take an overdose which can be dangerous to their health.

5. Herbal potions

You may have heard about all those herbal mixtures made for boosting men’s performance in bed? Yes. Some women use it to terminate a pregnancy, especially in rural areas. This is not advisable.

6. Eating peppery foods 

Some Nigerian women believe that eating food that contains a lot of pepper can help terminate a pregnancy.Women go as far as eating peppery foods and tying tight clothes around their waist in the hope that the baby in their womb will become uncomfortable and die. This is an extreme method that is dangerous. Don’t do it.

7. Coat hanger

Some women use coat hangers to terminate a pregnancy. Yes as scary as this sounds, it happens. This method is so dangerous and it can puncture a woman’s uterus and then she bleeds out and dies.

The best way to prevent an abortion is to use contraceptives. Common and easily accessible contraceptives include condoms, postinor 1 and 2, IUCD, contraceptive injections etc. 

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How To Imbibe Good Oral Hygiene From An Early Age

Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it is a very popular adage that is known by virtually everyone. This adage applies to every aspect of a child’s life including dental hygiene. The first step towards a child having a good dental hygiene is to start from the moment their teeth emerges.

According to Vanguard News, tooth decay affects nearly all adults and 60–90% of children worldwide, with toothache being the number one reason for absenteeism from schools in many countries. Yet it is largely preventable. In fact, studies show that just brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste can reduce tooth decay by up to 50 percent in children, compared with only brushing once a day.

According to What To Expect, Baby teeth are vulnerable to decay as soon as they break through the gums. The best line of defense is to brush regularly for two minutes at a time in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after bedtime snack.

Young children have poorly developed swallowing reflexes, and so they usually end up swallowing the large amounts of toothpaste they add to the brush even though they have been advised to use pea sized toothpaste when brushing for kids.

Health experts have conducted a long-term study to specifically measure the impact of building good brushing habits in young children and demonstrating the positive long-term impact of brushing day and night for two minutes, every day. Just two years into the study, children who were participating had already experienced a significant reduction in dental cavities.

The Nigerian Dental Association (NDA) also recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste for fresh breath and to avoid dental diseases such as tooth decay, swollen gums, bad breath, sensitivity and tooth stains.

While most toothpastes contain fluoride and it should not be ingested while brushing your teeth because it can cause permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. Macleans has created the Macleans MilkTeeth Toothpaste specially for babies and toddlers.

Macleans MilkTeeth Toothpaste contains low levels of fluoride which is safer for young children and protects them from tooth decay. Macleans Milk Teeth contains natural flavours and is completely sugar-free with a gentle mint taste that will encourage your child to brush regularly. Make sure you spot the difference in the picture and save your children from the counterfeits. 

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