Tips for Giving Food to Babies in an Emergency

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Tips for Giving Food to Babies in an Emergency – No one wants a disaster to happen, but you must be prepared to deal with the worst that may happen, especially if you have children in their toddler years. At the age of toddlers, attention to health is the most important because it will support their development and growth.

The main concern for the health of toddlers is the food that is given in an emergency. Assistance given during an emergency requires coordination with all parties. Assistance from volunteers, donors, and also the attention of the government in knowing baby feeding in an emergency.

Here are some steps you can take when you are in an emergency to provide baby food:

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A. Breastfeeding in an emergency:

  1. It is very important to pay attention to the limited facilities available at the shelter location, for example when breastfeeding, it is more important to prepare formula milk and clean water in adequate quantities.
  2. If possible, you can continue to give breast milk because it contains antibodies that your baby needs, especially those who are vulnerable to diarrhea, infant mortality, and malnutrition.
  3. To prevent the spread of diseases such as diarrhea, you can clean using clean water and special soap to wash your baby’s equipment.

B. Provision of Complementary Foods for Breastfeeding

For those of you who will provide complementary foods to breast milk following the recommendations from the Ministry of Health on the aimi.asi.org site, you can follow the instructions as follows:

  1. Complementary foods are only given to infants aged 6 months.
  2. The existence of data collection is carried out by volunteer officers so that they can assist in the distribution of appropriate complementary foods according to the needs of the baby.
  3. In general, refugees can get MPASI which has been specially packaged.
  4. Pay attention to the cleanliness of your baby’s food equipment to reduce the spread of disease in the refugee environment.
  5. If possible then you can provide local ingredients by using hygienic equipment in making solid food
  6. Nutritional content that can be adjusted to meet the recommended nutritional needs (micronutrients and macronutrients)
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Thus, for those of you assisting as a volunteer or in a refugee camp, you can add information, especially about breastfeeding because it has been proven to provide natural antibodies needed by your baby.

Pay attention to the health of your baby with a milk substitute provider if it is not possible to give breast milk and provide additional food that is sufficient according to your child’s age.

Giving Food to Babies in an Emergency
Giving Food to Babies in an Emergency

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