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Caring for babies

Aisling Sullivan


When technology is not enough

While I read many books or I should have done research before writing articles. I always feel this curiosity about the causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The primary aspect was how something like it could happen even if the parents follow all the recommendations. This situation gets gave me more curiosity because as one of the topics, which caused stress in fathers. It is common that media did not put excessive attention. Nobody wants to increase the level of worries during pregnancy. Especially, when women are discovering how their bodies are changing and the process of development of their babies in their wombs.

When I had the opportunity to meet a young Irish woman, Aisling Sullivan, who works with new mothers providing them with the information about what they must do with their babies during the first days after giving birth.We talked about how technology had helped to reduce the death of children in the last two decades. However, even though there are groups which are in biggest risk to suffer from this condition like a study in Australia made from 1981 to 2002 still showed how male infants live at higher risk to die from this disease, as well as, those children living further from the Metropolitan areas.

Even when Australia is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of children mortality in the world. Sullivan explained that sometimes there are medical conditions, which made babies less strong to survive previous health conditions as cardiac conditions or respiratory issues. Even though, novel mechanisms as a mattress with particular systems, alarms or pulse or heart rate trackers are giving more control over babies conditions, especially, when they were born before the forty weeks. The professional explained the relevant measure of knowing how to act as a parent to confront an emergency. Being ready for offering CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) when you take your baby to home is important, even when your child was born in perfect conditions.

Vaccination or not Vaccination

When we talked about what is happening with fathers, mothers and vaccines. We could not ignore that it is common to believe that it is other parents could vaccinate their children. Why should I do the same with my kids? Probably, this way of thinking about others taking responsibility for my kids’ health has increased the possibility of the presence of Measles in Brunswick and Brunswick East, Brunswick West and Preston. The last cases appeared in the University of Swinburne.

Airborne droplets from respiratory mucous membranes of an infected person transmitted the disease. The symptoms could appear four days later of fever, conjunctivitis, coryza and cough. The people within more risks are pregnant women, children younger than five years old, adults, malnourished children and individuals with immunocompromised organism deficiency as certain leukaemias, lymphomas or AIDS.

Undoubtedly, the situation proves one more time that vaccination is not necessary a right but something necessary in every community, especially, when your family lives in a city with a perpetual mobilization of citizens from different cities or countries. Measles is uncommon nowadays, but it could provoke, in the worst cases (2%), severe damage in children development as learning difficulties, convulsion, death or hearing loss. We need to protect children health because it is not only about having the equipment and the medicine because it is the ability to remember how vaccination let us develop better lives what made possible eradicate diseases like Measles.





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Journalist. Student of Global Media Communication. Interested in Politics, Economy, Social Media, Technology. Feminist. Like walking, talking and swimming.

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