Simple Ways to Prevent Your Little One of Getting Infectious Disease
Oleh: Morinaga Platinum
Immune system that is not perfect causes the Little One to be very vulnerable to illness. Infectious diseases are health problems that are often encountered in developing countries, including Indonesia. The two infectious diseases most commonly experienced by the Little One is diarrhea and pneumonia (lung infection). Both of these diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites, easily spread by touch.
Does Mommy know, that the number one disease that causes the sufferer to be hospitalized is diarrhea? The information is submitted in the routine report of the Ministry of Health program in 2014. Not only that, the Health Research Association of the Ministry of Health stated that diarrhea and pneumonia are included as the cause of infant and under-five mortality which we should be aware of.
In order for the process of the Little One’s growth and development not to be disturbed by the two health disorders then prevention should be done. Protect the Little One from the dangers of diarrhea and pneumonia by noting the following:
The Little One’s immunity
The better the immune system of the Little One, the stronger the defense against the threat of diarrhea and pneumonia. For that, he/she needs to get good nutrition from various types of healthy foods, accompanied by adequate rest.
To support the health of the Little One, provide nutrients containing Bifidobacterium longum BB536 and Bifidobacterium breve M16-V as well as lactulose prebiotics (food for good bacteria) that can increase the population of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract so that the Little One is protected thoroughly.
One way to prevent diarrhea is by administering rotavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, the prevention of pneumonia can be done by giving the PCV vaccine.
Environmental hygiene plays an important role in the prevention of diarrhea and pneumonia. Bacteria and viruses which cause diseases can not thrive in a clean environment.
Individual healthy habit that can prevent diarrhea and pneumonia is washing hands with soap. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that hand washing with soap can lower diarrhea cases by 45%, and pneumonia by 50%.
Therefore, make it a habit to wash the Little One’s hands with soap under running water before and after meals, and after getting out of the toilet. Do not forget that the nail parts and spaces between fingers should also be cleaned properly.
Apparently, serious illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia can be prevented in an easy way. One of them is by routinely washing hands with soap, every time after finsihing an activity and before eating. Although seemingly trivial, dangerous infectious diseases can be avoided by doing so.