Unicef have produced this guidance on what skin-to-skin contact is, why it is important and what happens during skin-to-skin contact.
Skin-to-Skin contact helps a baby to adjust to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to initiate breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with their baby.
The accompanying video covers both the theory and practice of skin to skin as well as what it can mean to mothers and babies meeting each other for the first time.
Unicef have produced Relationship Building Resources in the form of:
- Guides for health professionals as well as guides or ‘infosheets’ for parents,
- and videos for both groups.
These resources cover a range of issues around supporting close and loving relationships between parents and babies.
Public Health England (PHE) have published this practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.
This updated guide published in 2017 provides advice on:
- preventing the spread of infections,
- which diseases to vaccinate for,
- how long to keep children away from school,
- managing infectious diseases
- and cleaning the environment.
Click on the link to read the guide: Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities
Public Health England has published a suite of resources focused on promoting a healthier weight for children, young people and families. These resources are intended to support health and care professionals to be consistent and provide a core set of healthy weight messages throughout the life course.
The resources consist of:
- a set of infographics for use in practice;
- and a set of training tools for consistent messaging – during preconception and maternity, from birth to 5 years, and from age 5 to 18 years.
- There is also a child obesity video on how to promote a healthier weight.
To find out more click here
The Clinical Policy Unit at NHS England has provided links to resources around sepsis which would be helpful for parents/and carers of children.
The resources they recommend are:
England’s National Breastfeeding Celebration Week, run by Public Health England (PHE), will take place 25th – 29th June.
The week will focus on celebrating the benefits of breastfeeding and promoting the role that all healthcare professionals, commissioners and managers have in advising and supporting mothers to take up and continue breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of their baby’s life.
The week will look at the evidence that exists, showing breastfeeding’s wide and positive impact on a baby’s development, from strengthening immunity and providing nutritional value to emotional bonding and building mental resilience. PHE will be publishing a number of blogs during the week at https://vivbennett.blog.gov.uk/, using the hashtag #CelebrateBreastfeeding.
To find out more click here.