5 tips to keep your child healthy in 2020

By | March 6, 2020
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5 tips to keep your child healthy at the start of the year, one of the things Haitian parents crave most is good health for themselves and their children. The editors would, in this sense, provide 5tips to parents. If applied wisely, these tips, inspired by our habits and customs, will help keep children healthy for the next twelve months or more.                                                         

1 – Breastfeed your baby exclusively up to 6 months                                      

Breastfeeding offers only advantages. Don’t hesitate to put your little one at the breast very early.Nutrients and antibodiesThese antibodies, true biological police officers who ensure the protection of the newborn, constitute for this purpose its first vaccine against diseases (Unicef, 2016) such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections to name a few. So don’t throw away this precious colostrum.

In addition, breastfeeding is an act of love. By feeding you transmit love, affection and at that time extend the intimate and unique relationship that began in the womb. In addition, breastfeeding promotes the optimal growth of your baby.

Nowadays, some mothers replace breast milk very early with all kinds of porridge (chico, guarana, cassava, banana, etc.) and, without are the bed of early malnutrition. Such practices are strongly discouraged as they can compromise the child’s growth and later learning skills.

To parents who find their milk salty or bitter, we simply say Pa gen lèt dirty, pa gen lèt anmè. All the good man for your baby!

2 – Get your baby vaccinated

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others from different pathologies. The Ministry of Public Health and Population now has very important vaccines that protect against certain diseases that were once fatal such as tetanus, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, rotavirus diarrhea. These vaccines are free and available to parents. Going to the nearest health center to have your children vaccinated is, therefore, a gesture of love that helps prevent certain diseases.

3 – Avoid self-medication

Self-medication is the practice of administering medication or using care techniques without a medical prescription. Some parents are very often advise by a neighbor or a family member who invites them to give herbal teas, to self-prescribe medication. Self-medication involves risks because what is conceive as a medicine for the pathology of the other is not necessarily so for oneself.

When in addition, these are children, the risk becomes greater. Certain practices, such as the systematic use of amoxicillin and aspirin, can prove harmful to the health of children. Amoxicillin has specific indications whereas aspirin is not recommend in case of fever because it can cause serious complications which can even lead to the death of the child.

Have your baby seen by a pediatrician to avoid complications from self-medication.

4 – Be wary of certain receive ideas

Culturally in Haiti, there is often a supernatural explanation for the disease. The neighbor or a competitor is accuse; we suspect the cat which prowled and meowed in the corner. The bat which passed on the roof and which creaked or the owl which hooted. These behaviors have an impact on the process of seeking care and delay care. However that of children in particular, the time factor parameter. The longer the treatment is delay, the more the case is likely to get complicate and worsen 5 tips to keep your child healthy.

5 – Limit domestic accidents

Parents very often think that their children are safe when they are at home. Data show that this is not always the case because even at home children are expose to a variety of risks. The accidents that can affect their health.Here are some steps that can help prevent some of them:  

  1. Keep medications in a locked drawer;
  2. Place household products in safe places that are inaccessible to children;
  3. Never leave a child alone in a bathtub (bowl), near water jets;
  4. Keep children away from sharp objects;
  5. Keep hot objects and liquids out of the reach of children (tea, coffee, boiling water, stoves, ovens, etc.);
  6. Candles as a source of light as much as possible;
  7.  Put the kerosene in a clearly identified bottle and away from children to avoid confusion.

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