No one wants a disaster to happen, but you must be prepared to deal with the worst that could happen, especially if you are having children in their toddler years. At toddler age, the main concern is health because it will support their development and growth. The main concern of toddler health is the food given in an emergency.
Assistance given during an emergency requires coordination with all parties. Assistance from volunteers, donors and also government attention in finding out infant feeding in an emergency.
Here are some steps you can take when you are in an emergency in an effort to provide baby food:
A. Breastfeeding in an emergency:
- It is very important to pay attention to the limited facilities available at the holding location, for example when breastfeeding is about to be, it is more important to prepare adequate amounts of formula milk and clean water.
- If possible, you can keep breastfeeding because the content of breast milk has the antibodies needed by your baby, especially susceptible to diarrhea, infant mortality and malnutrition.
- 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. Complementary feeding
For those of you who will provide complementary foods with breastfeeding for babies according to the recommendation of the Ministry of Health from the aimi.asi.org site, you can follow the instructions as follows:
- Complementary foods breastfeeding is only given to babies aged 6 months.
- There is data collection carried out by volunteer officers so that they can assist in the distribution of appropriate complementary foods according to the needs of the baby.
- In general, refugees can get specially packaged solid food.
- Pay attention to the cleanliness of the food utensils for your baby to reduce the spread of disease in the refugee environment.
- If possible, you can provide local materials in using hygienic equipment in making complementary foods
- Nutritional content that can be adjusted to meet the recommended nutritional needs (micronutrients and macronutrients)
Thus, for those of you who provide help as a volunteer or in refugee camps, you can add information, prioritizing breastfeeding because it is proven to provide the natural antibodies needed by your baby. Pay attention to the health of your baby with a milk replacement provider if it is not possible to provide breast milk and provide adequate supplementary food according to your child’s age.