Many Pinoy parents and grandparents often warn children not to go out and play on Good Friday to avoid getting play-related wounds. “Bawal masugatan pag Good Friday kasi hindi gagaling ang sugat,” is a common line of “panakot” among elders to discourage kids from playing rough outdoor games. This health myth with religious connotations has no logical reason. Medically, the top factors that can affect wound healing are age, nutrition, obesity, repeated trauma, skin moisture, chronic conditions, and medication.
This might sound absurd but there are still people who follow this rather than risk hindering their child’s growth. According to this myth, if you accidentally step over a sleeping child, you can counteract the alleged consequence by stepping over the child again. Medically speaking, stepping over a sleeping child will not result in stunted growth. Scientific factors linked to human growth are race, gene, birth weight, nutrition hormone, and environment.
Many Pinoy health myths can be traced as far as the pre-colonial era and these “pamahiins” continue to influence our opinions and actions. Although some would think that believing in them may seem harmless, these health myths may interfere with our way of responding to health-related issues. We should not let these beliefs prevent us from making the right health choices. Prioritize your well-being by visiting a health professional and getting affordable healthcare plans. Knowing how to separate myths from scientifically-proven practices can prevent medical conditions from getting worse.
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