A nine-year-old girl has lost her life after her mother applied Sniper on her hair to kill lice in Rivers state.
The girl reportedly died at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.
A pediatrician, Dr. Gloria Nwosu, made the disclosure while advising mothers against harmful practices based on ignorance and self-medication.
She told journalists in Port Harcourt that the woman followed the advice of her hairstylist and put the sniper in the hair of her two daughters, aged nine and four years.
Nwosu said while the nine-year-old girl convulsed for hours and died, doctors at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital were able to save the four-year-old.
“Their mother felt that the hairdresser would know what to do since it has to do with lice. We did everything we could to bring the child back to normal, but it was all abortive.
“She (the deceased) was very sick. The second child slumped in our presence and we immediately admitted her and gave her an antidote. So, the question now is how many of these children may have gone through this?
It affected her brain because she convulsed for over two hours. Now, there is something we do to check for oxygen saturation; it remained low. It never went back to normal. Then they can have something coming out from their mouth. This child kept pouring out saliva. It never went off until she passed on.
They also have high blood pressure. This child’s blood pressure was high. We saw all those symptoms on this child,” Nwosu said.