SHRUTI’s MOTHER BRAVES CONFLICTS TO SAVE HER CHILD’S LIFE

SHRUTI’s MOTHER BRAVES CONFLICTS TO SAVE HER CHILD’S LIFE.

Before
After

A happy and playful Shruti.

Fight Hunger Foundation staff met baby Shruti during one of our routine screenings in Khodala in Palghar, Maharashtra. She was born pre mature, with a low birth weight of only 1.6kg and needed immediate medical attention.

Our community mobilizers immediately referred her to Khodala Primary Health Centre (PHC) and we enrolled her in our nutrition therapy program. Our team explained to Sheetal, her mother, the severity of Shruti’s condition and the measures to be taken to help her recover. During her first visit to our Out- Patient Therapeutic centre (OTC), Sheetal received an in-depth counselling on Infant and Young Child Feeding ( IYCF) practices. Techniques on how to hold the baby, what should be the baby’s position, number of times the child should receive breast milk and what should be the duration of feeding was explained thoroughly.

Sheetal, being an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) Frontline worker herself, had sufficient knowledge on IYCF practices. Unfortunately, lack of support from her family in raising Shruti was one of the biggest barriers she faced. Our team began visiting her home every fifteen days to ensure Shruti was receiving proper nutrition. During these visits the team counselled the entire family on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, on hygiene and sanitation practices and various causes and consequences of malnutrition which might be detrimental to her growth and survival.

Recovery of Baby Shruty

As Shruti completed 6 months, the team started focusing on complementary feeding practices. Sheetal was encouraged to introduce simple food preparations such as rice puree and egg yolk to Shruti and it further aided Shruti’s progress. Shruti is on her way to recovery; we are closely following up on her and assisting Sheetal in her endeavour to raise her child to be healthy and strong.

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