01 July 2020

A journey of love: A parent’s role in ensuring the healthiest start in life for their child

Every child must be empowered from an early age to make their own decisions in order to become powerful participants in their societies and build healthier and more prosperous futures. Early childhood is considered as the most critical period in a child’s life, as it is the period during which the child’s brain begins to grow and develop.  In…, Health care, A mother’s diet and her nutrient stores are the only source of nutrition for a developing baby. It is critical that women have access to health care and nutritious food which they need before and during pregnancy. They should also seek regular ante natal care checkups and get the right amount of physical and mental rest.  Two mothers and baby in…, Adequate nutrition, Mothers should initiate breastfeeding immediately after childbirth and continue exclusively for the first six months of life, if possible. It is crucial that mothers follow a diet that meets the nutrient needs for their child's optimal growth and development. Baby lies on blanket in Sudan Ali Abubakar smiles while recovering from severe acute…, Responsive caregiving and protection, In order to ensure healthy development for children, they need to build neural connections in the brain. These connections are created through good parenting practices such as hugging, comforting, playing, reading, singing and talking. Parents should prevent their children from maltreatment, abuse and neglect. Child writes on chalkboard Sana…, Early learning, It is critical that every child has access to quality early childhood care, learning and development programmes and other early learning opportunities involving toys, books and interactive engagement with adults and peers. Doctor speaks to family at hospital in Sudan Dr. Nader Ahmed, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer, speaks to Noor Ahmed and…