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For the first six months after birth, a child should be exclusively breast fed. Not even water should be given.
The purpose of this video is to encourage the community to take action to prevent malnutrition. It explains simple things one can do to prevent malnutrition.
It is intended for the community at large.
A man is playing with his child and his wife comes to take the child from him. She says "Give me the child so I can feed him some milk". The father replies "He is five months now. He'll have almond sweets now, won't you?"
Just then his friend arrives and asks "What's your son's name?" The father proudly replies "We'll name him Bir Bahadur Pratap (name of a warrior). But the friend shakes his head and disagrees saying "Actually, his name should be Mariyal Singh (weakling)."
Hearing this, the mother takes the child away from the father and looks at his friend angrily. The father angrily shouts at him "What nonsense! What are you saying?"
The friend calms him down by saying "Brother, if your son has anything other than breast milk in the first six months of his life, than he'll not be Bahadur. He'll be Mariyal Singh instead."
For the first six months after birth, a child should be exclusively breast fed. Not even water should be given. That's right. If you give water, the child will be prone to diarrhoea. And your child is at risk of malnutrition. So, you remember the four things, don't you?
One - Correct diet for the expecting mother
Two - Mother's first milk is the best
Three - Only breast milk for the first six months
Four - After that, balance mother's milk with a nutritious diet
So, remember the four things, say yes to all of them and say "Malnutrition, Quit India".
Malnutrition is a lack of the right nutrients in the body.
A child is specially prone to the dangers of malnutrition from the time of its conception till two years of age. This is a very important period for overall long-term growth.
Malnutrition in India
Malnutrition in children and women remains as one of the greatest challenges in India. Malnutrition remains a major threat to the survival, growth and development of children.
Today, nearly every second child in India is a victim of malnutrition.
It means they are physically and mentally weak due to which they are targets to many ailments, deformities, disabilities and allergies affecting normal growth mentally and physically. So we should jointly wage a war against malnutrition!
Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
with active support from UNICEF
and other development partners.
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