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October – December 2015

12 -21 October 2015
Effective Perinatal Care Training inNavoi, Fergana and Tashkent Oblasts

26 October — 5 November 2015
Effective Perinatal Care Training in Samarkand, Surkhadaryaand KashkadaryaOblasts

9 — 18 November 2015
Effective Perinatal Care Training in Tashkent Oblast
23 November — 2 December 2015
Effective Perinatal Care Training in Tashkent City

3–4 December, 2015
The Final Project Conference
Tashkent International Hotel, Tashkent City

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Questions and Answers

  • Why is bonding with a child important?

    Bonding is essential for a baby. Studies of newborn monkeys who were given mannequin mothers at birth showed that, even when the mannequins were made of soft material and provided formula to the baby monkeys, the babies were better socialised when they had live mothers to interact with. The baby monkeys with mannequin mothers also were more likely to suffer fr om despair. Scientists suspect that lack of bonding in human babies can cause similar problems. Most infants are ready to bond immediately. Parents, on the other hand, may have a mixture of feelings about it. Some parents feel an intense attachment within the first minutes or days after their baby’s birth. For others, especially if the baby is adopted or has been placed in intensive care, it may take a bit longer. But bonding is a process, not something that takes place within minutes and not something that has to be lim ited to happening within a certain time period after birth. For many parents, bonding is a byproduct of everyday caregiving. You may not even know it’s happening until you observe your baby’s first smile and suddenly realise that you’re filled with love and joy.

  • Why do kids who are healthy, active, and eating well need to be immunized?

    Vaccinations are intended to help keep healthy kids healthy. Because vaccines work by protecting the body before disease strikes, if you wait until your child gets sick, it will be too late for the vaccine to work. The best time to immunize kids is when they’re healthy.

  • What do immunizations do?

    Vaccines work by preparing a child’s body to fight illness. Each immunization contains either a dead or a weakened germ (or parts of it) that causes a particular disease. The body practices fighting the disease by making antibodies that recognise specific parts of that germ. This permanent or longstanding response means that if someone is ever exposed to the actual disease, the antibodies are already in place and the body knows how to combat it and the person doesn’t get sick. This is called immunity.

  • What is the recommended food for children in their very early years?

    Breast milk is the best food for the healthy growth and development of infants. Infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. After six months, they should be fed adequate and safe complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. Complementary foods should be rich in nutrients and given in adequate amounts. At six months, caregivers should introduce foods in small amounts and gradually increase the quantity as the child gets older. Young children should receive a variety of foods including meat, poultry, fish or eggs as often as possible. Infants can eat pureed, mashed and semi-solid foods beginning at 6 months, from 8 months, most infants can eat 'finger' foods, and from 12 months, most children can eat the same types of foods as consumed by the rest of the family. The consistency of foods should be appropriate for the child’s age. Complementary foods should be given 2–3 times a day between 6–8 months, increasing to 3–4 times a day between 9–11 months. Between 12–23 months of age, 3–4 meals should be given. Also, depending on the child’s appetite, 1–2 nutritious snacks can be offered between meals.