Good health

Young children’s good health is the result of caregivers:

• monitoring children’s physical and emotional condition;

• giving affectionate and appropriate responses to children’s daily needs;

• protecting young children from household and environmental dangers;

• having hygiene practices which minimize infections;

• using promotive and preventive health services; and

• seeking care and appropriate treatment for children’s illnesses.

These actions depend on caregivers’ physical and mental well-being. For example, when mothers are anaemic it can cause apathy that makes them less able to engage in responsive caregiving. The situation can be made worse if the child is also apathetic or listless because of being undernourished or frequently ill. Nurturing care therefore means we need to pay attention to the health and well-being of caregivers as well as children.