Infant Protection Day is celebrated on 7th November to increase awareness for the security and growth of infants. Throughout the world, it is reported that in 2019, nearly 2.4 million kids died in the first month of their life.
Worldwide 7,000 newborns lose their lives every day, which creates 47 percent of all infant deaths between the age of 0 to 5 years, which was 40 percent in 1990.
As per the WHO‘s report, In 2019, 2.4 m kids lost their lives in the first month of their life.
The infants are tiny and vulnerable, like the start of everything, a dream of possibilities, and a ray of hope. Ultimately, they are the future, and it is genuinely opined that ‘today’s kids are future citizens.’
Hence, it is essential to protect the newborns for a friendly tomorrow and get the world better. Kids are not anyone’s assets; they’re neither their parent’s property nor the society but are for sure our corporate duty.
Although the total number of newborn deaths worldwide recorded a drop in figures from 5m in 1990 to 2.4m in 2019, the report said toddlers face the most vital danger of deaths in their initial 28 days.
Infant Protection Day holds the precise growth of babies and toddlers to maintain the wellbeing and health of both child and mother. Therefore, being careful of them becomes our priority as the nation’s future lies in the dignity of children today!’
The percentage of child mortality in India is much more significant than in other developed nations. As per the decisions of The UNs’ Child Mortality record in India, 721,000 child losses were recorded in 2018, which indicates an average of 1,976 losses per day.
The growing burden of the population with lack of proper awareness, additional lack in the health service area, and ignorance are the chief factors chiefly contributing to an increase in the death rate.
Breastfeeding is a benefit to the infants as mother’s milk is the primary source of vitamins and protein & shows that nectar for her baby is not deemed old-fashioned in today’s world.
Thus, due to the deficiency of decent nutrition, the baby succumbs to diseases quickly and even fails the battle of life when it doesn’t receive medical amenities on time with proper care.
The government has announced several measures and various schemes to prevent newborn death, providing for the mother and the child’s need for its implementation.
Undernutrition is considered to be connected with 2.7 m infant deaths every year, or 45 percent of all kids’ mortality. Breastfeeding is most essential to develop & support the health of the child, encourage their development and growth, and increase their survival rates.
The starting two years is essential for the baby as a shortage of sufficient nutrition can result in severe difficulties. Optimal breastfeeding is so important that it could protect the lives of more than 8,20,000 infants below the age of 5 years every year.
As per the sources, the initial two years of a kid’s life are incredibly significant. The fulfillment of all the minerals and proteins can increase the kid’s health, or its shortage can lead the baby to suffer from undernutrition and other conditions.
It has been suggested by both WHO and UNICEF that
- Immediate start of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth.
- Exclusive breastfeeding for the initial 6 months of birth.
- Introduction of nutritionally perfect and safe equivalent (solid) meals at six months and extensive breastfeeding until two years of age or beyond.