04 September 2020

COVID-19 and masks: Tips for families

Masks help stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading, but that doesn’t make them easy to introduce to children, as many parents have been discovering. The practice of wearing a mask to reduce the transmission of germs has a long history in some countries. But for many families, 2020 will be remembered as the first time putting on a mask.  If you…, Why wear a mask or face covering?, One of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads is through respiratory droplets that people expel when they talk, sing, cough or sneeze. While research is ongoing, we now know that the virus can be spread by people not showing symptoms, meaning some people can be contagious and not even realize it. That is one of the reasons why physical distancing is…, What type of mask should I get for my family? , Non-medical masks (also called fabric masks or face coverings): If you and your family live in a place where COVID-19 is widespread and don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms, then non-medical masks are recommended. Medical masks: Medical masks are in short supply globally because of the pandemic. They are recommended if you or a family member is at a…, What type of fabric mask is best?, Fabric masks or face coverings come in a wide variety of materials and can be something you make at home or buy in a store. While research into the use of fabric masks is ongoing, their effectiveness depends on the types of fabric used and the number of layers. The World Health Organization recommends three layers made up of: an inner layer of…, When should my family wear a mask?, Check to see if your local authorities require you to wear masks in certain settings and for any age-specific recommendations where you live.  Whether your children should wear a mask depends on a number of factors, including their age and ability to safely and appropriately use a mask. See  UNICEF and the World Health Organization's guidance  for…, When shouldn’t you wear a mask?, Masks should not be used worn by anyone who is unable to remove the mask without help, including infants and young children, or anyone having difficulty breathing. UNICEF and WHO recommend  that children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks. This is based on child safety and recognizes that children may reach developmental…, What should I look for when getting a mask for my children? , Many masks are designed for adults and won’t fit children properly. If you are buying masks, choose one that is appropriately sized for your child. Whether you are buying or making masks for your children, check that they cover their mouth, nose and chin, and don’t have any gaps on the sides or block their vision. Make sure they can breathe…, How to clean a fabric mask, Wash fabric masks using soap or detergent, preferably in hot water (at least 60 degrees Celsius) at least once a day. If machine washing, use the warmest appropriate setting for the type of fabric. If handwashing, use hot, soapy water. After washing, the mask should be dried completely before being worn again. Store masks in a clean bag. Դիմակ…
10 August 2020

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 | Live Broadcast

Can breastfeeding be continued if the mother and/or the baby are infected with COVID-19?, - The WHO position has initially encouraged mother and child to be together, regardless of infection. From the first hours of life, the child should receive the best food, if there are no objective reasons to prevent it. This approach is explained as follows: the risks of quitting breastfeeding are much more serious and undesirable than the…, What is exclusive breastfeeding?, - The word EXCLUSIVE says it all. Breast milk fully meets almost all the needs of the organism, growth and development of a baby until 6 months. Why almost? Because there is an exception, the amount of vitamin D in breast milk is not enough for the baby. This is why the child receives vitamin D in the form of drops - 400-500 units per day,…, How to understand if the quantity of breast milk is enough for the needs of the baby? What if the child stays hungry?, - Is your breast milk enough for your baby? The answer to this question is very easy to acquire. Follow the diapers. Having at least six full diapers a day indicates that your baby is getting enough food. Night feedings are essential to ensure uninterrupted milk production during the day. At least every 2-3 hours during the night the baby should…, Can breastfeeding technique affect milk quantity?, - The first few days of a child's life are critical. If the mother is not properly educated from the beginning on how to feed the baby (position, frequency, longitude, etc.) it is likely that the mother will not be able to organize the breastfeeding process in the future. The role of staff in maternity wards is very important, as the pediatrician…, What are the contraindications of breastfeeding?, - This list of contraindications below is not exhaustive: ● HIV ● Some medications taken by the mother: ergotamines, statins, chemotherapy ● Herpes on the breast/nipple skin ● Child galactosemia ● Hepatitis C if there are cracks/bleeding nipples ● X-ray examinations, tooth extraction or treatment and many other interventions are compatible with…, How to stop breastfeeding?, - Both starting and finishing breastfeeding should be done gradually. Stopping breastfeeding is a stressful process for both the mother and the baby; which is why it is important to be done gradually. In addition, abrupt interruption can lead to clogging of the ducts, so, if necessary, it is possible and necessary to pump the milk. If the…, You can read the article and watch the recording in Armenian here . , This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID ). The contents are the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government