“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” – Quoted by John F. Kennedy

Protecting your infant has always been of importance and to educate about it, “Infant Protection Day” is also celebrated every year on the 7th of November. This day aims to spread awareness about the safety of infants and to protect their lives by taking care of them properly. It is observed that due to a lack of proper safety and proper care, newborns face a lot of problems.

Caring for newborns is crucial for their childhood. Kids at their young age require more care and assurance. This leads to a solid foundation that helps the child prosper well in the future.

The basic theme of Infant Protection Day is “Protecting, Promoting and Developing infants”.

Keeping the theme in mind and thinking about India, the studies show that as per 2019 data, the infant mortality rate in India was about 28.3 deaths per 1000 live births, which is a significant decrease as per last year’s figures.

What exactly is the infant mortality rate and why is it important?

It’s the number of deaths of children under the age of one year per 1,000 live births. As it is the key indicator for a country’s health and standard of living, it becomes important; meaning a country with a low infant mortality rate indicates a high standard of healthcare.

Major reasons for infant mortality include premature birth, sepsis or meningitis, sudden infant death syndrome, and pneumonia. Studies show that the infant mortality rate all over the world has reduced from 63 infant deaths per 1,000 live births to 27 since 1990 and it is forecasted to drop to only 8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births by the year 2100. That means our future is bright!

As per the quote mentioned at the very beginning of this article, children are important and most valuable resources for our world to grow and prosper and also to take humanity further, it is very important to protect our babies.

Given the scary situation of the Coronavirus, while there are safety measures for adults, how can we protect our babies and toddlers? This is a very difficult situation for couples who are about to become parents or have just become new parents.

These are the certain measure that you can take;

  1. Breast Feeding: Breastfeeding your newborn as much as possible whenever they ask for, helps to build their immunity and resistance against infections. Research says that breastfed babies show little to no impact of the virus. In case you are tested positive with Coronavirus, you may wear a mask and continue to breastfeed your baby as your antibodies will help prevent infection to your kiddo.
  2. Sanitization: Whenever and whoever attends your kid, make sure they sanitize themselves. Not only them but also the area and belongings of your child should be well cleaned and properly sanitized.
  3. Maintain good hygiene and don’t overdo it: Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing is something that is deemed an imposed condition on all of us. Wearing a mask is also mandatory for all “adults”. But if your child is of less than 2 years of age, they shouldn’t wear a mask as they have smaller airways, and breathing under a cloth covering is harder for them. If your child is more than 2 years of age, then whenever they go out to play make sure they wear a mask, and as soon as they enter the home, make them wash their hands because they might not get affected but can act as carriers.
  4. Last but not least, keep a check with your Doctor and consult whenever necessary: In the case where your baby is facing any kind of discomfort, consult your doctor immediately and over a call or maybe a video call before taking to the clinic or hospital. Please make sure to consult your paediatrician before you take/give your baby any medicine for flu-like symptoms.

As Indira Gandhi once said, “We must protect families, we must protect children, who have inalienable rights and should be loved, should be taken care of physically and mentally, and should not be brought into the world only to suffer.”