Saturday, 11 September 2010
Father kills infant fearing bad luck about child born with natal teeth in Kerala, India
Father kills infant fearing bad luck about child born with teeth
Sep 12, 2010
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An alcoholic father allegedly killed his two-month-old child in Kerala's Alappuzha district fearing it would bring him bad luck. Accused Madhu (27) was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with murder.
The incident occurred in Punnapra in the district on September 9. "The toddler had more than the normal weight and had two teeth at the time of birth, something unusual for a newborn. As news spread, locals rumoured that it was a bad omen. They teased Madhu saying it would bring him bad luck," said Punnapra SI police M K Rajesh.
Some days later, his brother met an astrologer to fix time for the kid's thread ceremony. After examining the horoscope, the astrologer said the time of birth was inauspicious and warned of danger to the kid and the father.
Police said Madhu was an alcoholic. On Thursday, when he returned home, he slammed the kid on the floor. The child died the next day at the government hospital, the police said.
>> Health Education about Natal Teeth
Natal teeth are teeth that are already present at the time of birth. They are different from neonatal teeth, which grow in during the first 30 days after birth.
Natal teeth are relatively uncommon, appearing in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births. Although most natal teeth are isolated incidents, their presence may be associated with certain medical syndromes.
Natal teeth generally develop on the lower gum, where the central incisor teeth will appear. They have little root structure and are attached to the end of the gum by soft tissue and are often wobbly.
Natal teeth are usually not well formed, but they are firm enough that, because of their placement, they may cause irritation and injury to the infant's tongue when nursing. Natal teeth may also be uncomfortable for a nursing mother.
Frequently, natal teeth are removed shortly after birth while the newborn infant is still in the hospital, especially if the tooth is loose and the child runs a risk of aspiration, or "breathing in" the tooth.
Most of the time, natal teeth are NOT related to a medical condition. However, sometimes they may be associated with:
Ellis-van Creveld syndrome
Pierre Robin syndrome
If the teeth are not removed, keep them clean by gently wiping the gums and teeth with a clean, damp cloth. Examine the infant's gums and tongue frequently to make sure the teeth are not causing injury.