03/07/2017

Free Baby Weaning Classes

Health Visitors from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) have organised a series of Baby Weaning sessions in the Waveney area which include instruction for new parents on what to do if a baby starts to choke.

Parents with children up to the age of one year are invited to join the classes at Kirkley Children’s Centre on 13th July, the Ark in Lowestoft on 2nd August and Butterflies Children’s Centre in Beccles on 4th September from 1pm to 3pm.

Nursery nurses will explain how best to introduce solid food to children’s diets and an ECCH specialist trainer will be on hand to explain how to deal with a child who is choking. Parents and carers will have the chance to practice the correct procedure for clearing an airway, using a simulator. They will also be taught how to recognise when a baby stops breathing and how to administer infant resuscitation techniques.

Health visitor Holly Calverley Crabtree said: "The World Health Organisation recommends solid foods should be given to babies at the age of six months and research indicates that children are less likely to be fussy eaters, have allergies and become overweight if that happens. However, parents often tell us they are nervous about choking when introducing lumpy foods at a young age. So, in the unlikely event a baby does choke, we want parents to feel confident about how to manage it and get appropriate medical help if necessary. The session aims to increase parental knowledge on appropriate finger foods and healthy diets too.”

ECCH’s Children’s Services have just been re-awarded UNICEF Baby Friendly Stage 3 (full) accreditation, which they were originally given in 2014. This is a global accreditation programme that champions the best possible physical and emotional health for all babies. Awards are only given to organisations that demonstrate they provide world-leading advice and care.

To book contact the Health Visiting team on 01502 532053.