By: Team NewsdayExpress | Posted: 09 Apr, 2020
The corona virus has taken the form of an epidemic. It is necessary to give a complete diet to keep young children safe from this infection. So that their immunity cannot be weakened. Due to weak ability, children are at risk of getting infected. In such a situation, mother’s milk will give strength to fight corona infection. This was stated by DSP Jaiswar, Chief Medical Superintendent of Queen Mary Hospital.
Jaiswar, based in the capital, said that the corona virus is not found in breast milk but spreads through droplets and aeroceles when coughing or sneezing. If the mother pays careful attention to her hygiene behavior, then the infection can be avoided even when breastfeeding.
He told that it is also necessary to give yellow condensed milk to the child within an hour of birth, because it is his first vaccine which can protect children from many diseases like corona. Apart from this, mother’s milk contains antibodies that increase the immunity of the child and those who have strong immunity can be easily protected from corona. For the first six months, the child should be given only breast milk as it is the complete food for him. Nothing should be given outside during this time. Not even water, as there is a risk of infection.
Dr Jaiswar said, if the mother is feeling fever, cough or shortness of breath during the changing season, then she should breastfeed the child with utmost care. In such a situation, the child should be breastfed only by wearing a mask. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or tissue while coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands with soap and water for 40 seconds after sneezing and coughing, before and after feeding your baby. Before touching any surface, clean it thoroughly with soap or sanitizer.
Jaiswar said that if the mother is not in a position to breastfeed, she can wear a mask and pour her milk into a clean bowl and feed the baby with a clean cup or spoon. For this also it needs to be very careful that before taking out your milk, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, wash the bowl or cup in which you take milk also thoroughly with soap and water.
He said that along with breastfeeding, children older than six months should also start giving complementary food as this is the time of their physical and mental development. During this, pulses, milk, milk products, seasonal fruits and green vegetables should be given.
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