Healthy baby - the challenge of modern times

Healthy baby - the challenge of modern times

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In 2016, over 382,000 births were recorded in Poland [1]. Research shows that two thirds of parents feed their children the wrong diet and expand their children’s diet too quickly [2]. The knowledge on how to take proper care of infants is still insufficient, which increases the risk of disease in later years. That is why regular medical check-ups for a newborn baby are so important to ensure that his health and development are constantly assessed. Constant paediatric care also enables parents to deepen their knowledge about the best ways to take care of their child's health.

The first 24 months - key period in a child’s development

The first year in a child's life is referred to as infancy. During this time, the child's body experiences very intense and rapid changes. The infant develops physically, mentally and emotionally. - Any abnormalities occurring during the first 24 months of the child's life are reflected in later years in the form of developmental disorders

- says Dr Małgorzata Jarosz, paediatrician at Medicover.

According to the CSO (pol: GUS) report [3], both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can affect infants, as well as pre-schoolers and teens. Half of the studied children were diagnosed with visual impairment including myopia, astigmatism, strabismus and poor vision. While the most common chronic illness is children is allergy, which affects almost 10% of the studied children.

Comprehensive childcare is essential

During the first 2 years the child requires regular medical attention. This should include the careful monitoring of proper development, and prevention of diseases that may disrupt this development. For this purpose, it is necessary to systematically carry out medical examinations and conduct medical interviews on the state of the child's health, which will allow early detection of the first symptoms of potential developmental disorders and diseases, and the rapid implementation of treatment. It is also important to perform preventive vaccination in line with the current recommendations, which is the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Establishing age-appropriate rules for breastfeeding and a proper diet for the mother are also significant. In addition, it is key for parents to become familiar with the principles of care and psychomotor play to ensure the child’s proper mental and physical development, and build a positive relationship with the child from the very beginning.

Comprehensive baby healthcare services in one package

Medicover Centres offer the "Baby" and "Baby+" packages, which provide comprehensive healthcare for children from birth to 2 years of age. These include vaccinations, doctor consultations, home visits, emergency services, and 24-hour contact with the centres. Package services are provided at all Medicover Centres, Medi Partner Centres and Damian Medical Centre, as well as more than 1,000 facilities in the Medicover Partner Network across the country.

The coordinated care offered by Medicover allows the parents to choose the Medical Centre where they want their child to receive care, and then to choose the doctor from among the team of paediatricians working at that centre. The best time to use the package services is before the child is six weeks old, because that is the time, according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, when the child should begin to undergo a series of vaccinations. Visits take place in accordance with the vaccination and check-up schedule, and when medical care is necessary. Appointments are booked either by phone, online or in person, depending on preferences and according to the child's and parents’ schedule. In emergencies, no matter the time of day, there is a special Medicover Hotline number where parents can receive instructions on how to care for the baby.

We realise that getting to a doctor can sometimes be difficult for parents who are at home with their baby. They may also not be sure if their child’s symptoms are something they should be concerned about, and what they should do in a particular case. In such situations, it is important to remember that Medicover allows you to obtain medical advice without having to come in for a visit. Medical consultations are also provided through telephone, chat or video conferencing,

says Dr Małgorzata Jarosz, paediatrician at Medicover.

[1] CSO (GUS) survey: "Population and Vital Statistics in 2016" (pol: Ludność i ruch naturalny w 2016) [2] Study conducted by the Mother and Child Institute with the support of the Nutricia Foundation "Comprehensive assessment of the nutrition of children aged 5 to 36 months" (pol: Kompleksowa ocena sposobu żywienia dzieci w wieku od 5. do 36. miesiąca) [3] CSO report on the state of children's health in 2014.

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