Here is a story from HHI’s colleagues in northern Uganda on the simple power of knowledge and how that led one baby to have a MUCH better day!
Written by Harriet, of Medical Teams International in Lira, Uganda:
Our field team was working with the health worker from Ogur Health Center as they led a workshop for mothers about immunizations. We were then called upon to sensitize the mothers to early childhood development and we taught the well loved topic and practice of Baby Massage. On hearing the importance of Baby Massage on babies who find it difficult to pass stool regularly, one mother whose baby’s name is Tracy raised her hand to inquire whether this would apply to her baby’s situation, the baby had spent two days crying because of stomach pains caused by inability to pass out stool. The mother was frustrated with all her efforts to manage the case by giving her daughter tomato juice as her neighbors advised, among so many other home remedies.
I simply assured her to observe what would happen from the baby massage. We improvised a soft “bed”, I prepared the baby and started stroking her with some vegetable oil. I started massaging Tracy’s legs, calling out her beautiful name, reached to the arms and softly to the stomach. In all the strokes she beamed with smiles to the loud laughter from all the observers who could see little Tracy’s joy and comfort and could hear her farting each time I did the tummy strokes on her belly! When I handed her back to her mother, she cried to come back to me. The mother dressed her up and by the time it was Tracy’s turn for immunizations she had started to pass stool. The mother said that this was a miracle and asked why she did not know this before. The mothers have proved this to be a very interesting and practical cure, with no side effects.
We are happy to hear that Tracy and her mother both found such relief!