Safefood is urging parentsto make practical changes to everyday lifestyle habits such as portion sizes, drinks and screen time to make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of children.
What does research tell us?
It is important that mothers are supported to continue to breastfeed when they go back to work. The WHO, Department of Health and HSE recommend that children are exclusively breastfed for 6 months.
Issues in relation to personal care and hygiene can present challenges for those working with young people. The importance of addressing hygiene/ personal care has been identified as an essential element in building self esteem and confidence in young people and promoting positive mental health. Carers and those working with young people have also recognised how issues in relation to personal care and hygiene can have a negative impact on young people’s social interactions and access to employment.
Poor personal hygiene does not just affect the self-esteem and attitude of the individual themselves. In a work or learning environment, it can also affect the morale and performance of others. Poor hygiene and personal care habits can result in negative attitudes affecting interactions with other people. Individuals can be stereotyped, leading to stigma, rejection, prejudice and discrimination. These can have a negative influence on the quality of life and emotional and mental health of individuals. It can also have an impact on education, employment and interpersonal relations. Therefore, it is an important issue for young people.
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