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Thrombocytopenia in Children


When it comes to building immunity in our body against a plethora of diseases and infections, childhood is assumed to be the best time. And while this period could be paramount, yet it is also the most crucial period for a variety of reasons. This is largely because childhood is the time when we are more prone to potential viral or microbial attacks, and recovering from them may take longer than as adults; since our inner immune system is still in its growing phase and is not all that fit to fight infections strongly and quicker.

Monsoons Need Consideration

The onset of monsoons is actually more exasperating in this regards. This is because although the rainy season relieves us from the scorching summer, yet it also gives rise to diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya which are largely mosquito-borne diseases. The typical symptoms of these ailments include high fever, chills, muscle pain, rashes, headache, nausea and a low platelet count. These ailments are generally caused by infected mosquito's bite, and could take longer time to heal and many times the recovery depends a great deal on how strong our own immune system is.

Low immunity may cause thrombocytopenia

These mosquito-borne diseases are usually accompanied by a substantially low platelet count in our body, a medical condition which is known as thrombocytopenia. Besides, around this time, due to an imbalance in our immune system, our body sort of develops an immune response to the platelets. It is believed that when a child's platelet count goes below 1, 50,000 per micro-litre of blood, there is need for some serious concern. Since platelets are primarily responsible for blood clotting in our body, the symptoms of a child suffering from thrombocytopenia may include frequent bruising, a rather incessant bleeding from nose, gums or any existing wound, and sometimes black stools or vomit.

Why Platelets are significant?

So as to recognise the essentiality of platelets in blood, it needs to be understood that as and when there is an injury on the skin, the platelets clump together and form clots to stop the bleeding. When you don't have enough platelets in your blood, your body cannot form the clots. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on its cause, and many a times it becomes rather fatal. Keeping a check on the platelet count is needed and you can get your platelet count tested from a routine blood test called as complete blood count (CBC).

Natural Herbs can help

There are a variety of herbal options we can go in for in order to increase the platelet count in the child, and build up his / her immunity against the occurrence of thrombocytopenia. Medicinal herbs such as papaya leaves, neem, tulsi, wheat grass, aloe vera, amla etc. are known to aid in restoring the platelet count.

Let us focus on the proficiency of two of the prominent natural herb extracts viz. Papaya Leaf extract and Giloy extract.

Papaya: Or rather, juice extracted from the leaves of papaya plant, is an age-old and well-known natural remedy for the management of thrombocytopenia. The Papaya leaf extract is commonly used to increase the platelet count and drinking the bitter extract from the papaya leaf is considered beneficial. It has high complex protein content and the ability to help the bone marrow upsurge the production of platelets. Since it would be a little bitter in taste, the child could take the same along with a spoonful of honey. Repeat this about two to three times a day, and the results may start to surface in a matter of few days. Children can also eat fresh, ripe papaya in place of the juice, but that may not be quite as effective as the papaya leaf juice.

Giloy or Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): Having some freshly prepared juice of the Giloy plant stem regularly is supposed to exhibit excellent anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic and anti-allergic properties which go a long way in raising the platelet level in the child's body. Giloy, is also very much used in Ayurveda for increasing the amount of platelets in the body that helps to protect us from all diseases and disorders. One – fourth to half a glass of Giloy juice every few hours may prove to be beneficial.

Sanat Syrup. Uplat

Sanat has come up with Syrup. Uplat, as a dietary supplement mainly for the convenience of small children. This syrup is recommended in the case of the ailment of thrombocytopenia emerging due to dengue, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B, ITP, chemotherapy, malaria or viral infections. Syrup Uplat comprises of Carica papaya extract and Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) extract as its chief ingredients. One teaspoonful (5ml) twice a day is recommended for children above two years of age. Although this product is denied in case of hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients, yet no specific drug interaction, side effects or adverse reaction has been reported.

Dr. Sonica Krishan

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