I take my role as a mom quite seriously, whether disciplining my daughter or giving in to her small requests (okay, so I spoil her sometimes, just a little bit — she’s my only kid). I make sure that everything is right for and with her.
With regards to her health, I make sure that I buy all her vitamins and the medicine her pediatrician prescribes. Like now, she has a bit of a cough, I follow doctor’s orders to give her meds — nebules to inhale, syrups to ingest, or tablets to chew (which she regularly gives to Zee during the cold months).
Lately, though, I noticed that she’s been coughing for about a month now. It’s more of a here-and-there kind of cough for now, unlike during the first 2 weeks of November, but the coughing is still there. Her pedia said that there was no phlegm in her lungs and that it’s her throat that’s irritated. She gave Montelukast chewables for maintenance, though, which my daughter should take up until the cold season ends.
But I feel that it’s not enough. I don’t know. The cough bothers me in a way that I feel the meds are not working. So…
I made a choice to look for an alternative: hilot.
When I was a kid, my mom took me and my siblings to a manghihilot, and not a few times. I distinctly remember 2 instances: first when I was like 6 or 7 years old and I cried in pain because the manghihilot pushed, pulled, and twisted my limbs; and second when I was a tween (or the equivalent of that in the ’90s) wherein the house of the manghihilot was full of images of saints and Jesus and Mary.
Not sure if it worked for me, but with my youngest brother (who was given some sort of anti-usug), it did. Once quite sickly — he even had medications for tuberculosis at 7 years old — his health improved then.
I thought that hilot may do the same for my kid.
Tomorrow, my husband and I will take Zee to a manghihilot recommended by my sister-in-law. Maybe after a session, she’ll feel better and her cough will go away.
I do believe in science, I know that medical doctors are authorities with regards to people’s health. But alternatives like hilot are also accepted by Pinoys. And there are those that have proven that it works as well.
Anyway, what’s there to lose?