In her routine practice, Dr Kalpana Sangle, a paediatrician from Pune noticed that many parents are falling prey to a thread which is made available in medical shops. The thread, called as ‘datancha-patta’ is known to help children with healthy tooth, at the teeth development period.
Mighty concerned about this, she recently wrote a Facebook post about the same. The post mentions it as a ‘superstitious activity’ and asks parents to be more aware about it.
Dr Sangle said, “Since the last four to five years, I have seen kids who tie this thread on their body. I saw one more patient yesterday and decided to highlight the issue.”
The Facebook post mentions that these kinds of threads are available in medical shops for Rs 15 to 20. It is time that people grow up and not believe in all this. These are superstitious things which people should not observe but rather help children by maintaining cleanliness and giving nutritious food.
Dr Sangle added, “In many medical shops these threads are available. With this post I want to make people aware about other important things like nutritious food and cleanliness rather than buying such threads.”
Dr Jayant Navrage, pediatrician from the city, said, “This is nothing but nonsense. Chemists should also not allow sale of such products. Over such things, one of our teachers used to sarcastically say, ‘if this is really true then even elephants should be tied with such thread, so that they will also get many teeth.’ People should believe in the science of medicine.”
Vijay Changedia, Secretary of Chemist Association of Pune District, said, “This thread is being sold since long time and it is popularly called ‘tadpatta’. But we will study the entire issue and after discussion in our association we will take any decision on it.”