Book Review: Nilalagnat si Enat

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Nilalagnat si Enat (Enat Has a Fever) is the newest children's book authored by Tito Dok, Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan. It is the first book in the Oki Dok! book series. It was published by Philippines OMF Literature Inc for Hiyas and was illustrated by Cy Vendivil. I bought a copy of the book yesterday at the Manila International Book Fair 2016. I went to SMX Convention Center right after my Clinical Epidemiology exam buy children's books and Christian books.

Unlike Mga Kwento ni Tito Doc series, the first book of Oki Dok series is smaller, probably half of the size of the Tito Dok Series. The cover of the book showed a family with the parents worrying about their sick child. I like the illustrations because of the color combination and it looks like a comic book. I think Cy used digital media in creating the illustrations for this book.

Tito Dok made it clear that fever is not a disease but instead a symptom of a disease. This means that there is an underlying cause to fever. It can be a symptom for viral or bacterial infections and certain inflammatory conditions. 

The book also corrected common misconceptions about the remedies for fever. Most of the time, our grandparents act as family physicians and consultants. They have a lot of suggested remedies and medications for different diseases in the family. Most of these are based on superstition and folkloric practices and traditions. In this story, the grandparents suggested to wrap Enat with a thick blanket, close all the windows and wipe Enat's body with water-vinega/water-alcohol solution. Obviously, these practices have no scientific basis.

I admire the mother of Enat because she remembered the advices of Enat's doctor. She respectfully explained to her parents what the doctor told her about the "things to do" when children have fever. (You have to read the book to know the corrections to these misconceptions). Enat's mother followed the advice of the doctor and she gave Enat medicine. Enat's grandfather gave him soup so he can eat. And the family prayed for Enat's quick healing.

Befor the story ended, Enat's mother said that if Enat still has fever the next day, they will go to the doctor for consultation. Most of the time, Filipinos do not go the doctor and just self-medicate. It is important to go to the doctor to be sure that the fever is not caused by a dangerous disease and to be sure that proper medications are being adminsitered to the sick child. This is very important in cases of bacterial infections which need antibiotic treatment. Most of the time, parents just buy antibiotics and give it to their children without knowing the correct dosage and frequency of taking antibiotics. This can lead to antibiotic overdose, although it is rarely dangerous, it can cause upset stomach and diarrhea. It can also lead to allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance.

The story also showed that Filipino's are family-oriented. When a member of the family is sick, the whole family is affected. Enat's parents and grandparents are so worried during the time Enat was sick. They did everything to help Enat feel better. It showed how Filipinos value family and that they still stick together in times of sickness. I'm excited for the next books of Oki Dok series. Get your copy of this book now!

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