Good health starts even before a baby is born.
What everyone should know about safe motherhood:
- Women who are healthy and well-nourished before falling pregnant have a lower chance of facing the challenges that come with childbearing.
- Pregnant women need rest, healthy meals and multiple micronutrient supplements to make sure their babies have proper physical and mental development.
- All pregnant women need at least 4 prenatal care visits to help ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
- Pregnant women and their families need to be able to recognize the signs of labour and the warning signs of complications; and know what to do or who to call.
- During childbirth, every delivering woman must be assisted by a midwife, nurse or doctor. She must also arrange for a nearby specialist to help if there are complications.
- Post-natal care for mothers and their children reduces the risk of complications. They should be checked regularly during the first 24 hours after birth, within the first week and after six weeks.
- If the child has skin irritations, lack of appetite, discomfort or complications, visit a doctor for a checkup.
- The health and survival of a newborn depends on a healthy and well rested mother, clean home environment, loving family, extra care and attention.
Immunisation keeps your child safe from illness.
What everyone should know about immunisation:
- Every child should complete the series of immunisations recommended by trained healthcare workers.
- A child that is not immunised has a higher chance of becoming sick, disabled or undernourished; and could possibly die.
- It is safe to immunise a child that has a minor illness, disability or is malnourished.
- All children living in crowded communities where hygiene is not up to standard should be immunised immediately; especially against measles.
- The vaccination card of a child (or an adult) should be presented to the healthcare worker before immunisation.
Here are a few WASH tips to prevent health issues:
- Wash your hands regulary, before preparing food and after changing nappies.
- Feed your child using clean hands, clean utensils and clean cups.
- Minimise the use of bottles, teats or spouted cups as they can be difficult to clean.
- Keep your baby’s food in a covered container and store it in a clean, cool and dry place.
- Boil tap water for at least 1 minute to make it is safe for children to drink.