Emotional stimulation in malnourished
emotional stimulation in malnourished Amador Gomez 12.12.2000
Re: emotional stimulation in malnourished Aliou Ayaba 12.12.2000

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 17:45:24 -0800 (PST)

From: aliou ayaba <ayabaatu.washington.edu>

Subject: Re: emotional stimulation in malnourished


Dear Amador,

Thank you for adressing this issue of physical and mental stimulation.In Benin (West-Africa) we do not have a study that show the longterm outcome of the stimulation ,however we noticed that the earlier it is done the more effective it will be.We recommend to mothers to have the malnourished child sleep on "kangourou" on them.This fights against hypothermia and creates a sens of stimulation at this stage when most people donot want to touch the child because of his aspect of "burnt or old".Then at the recovery center we have clearly noticed that children who received early stimulation started playing very quickly.So from our experience we recommend the physical and emotional stimulation to start as soon as possible.Now the kind of stimulation we use at the recovery center is closely related to our culture.Not only children play with their peers but they wacth and participate in adult singing and dancing at the center.


Public Health consultant

From: "Amador Gomez" <agomezataccioncontraelhambre.com>

Subject: emotional stimulation in malnourished

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2000 11:20:24 +0100


Dear Ngonuts,

As all of you know severely malnourished children have delayed mental and behavioural development, which, if not treated, can become the most serious long-term result of malnutrition.

Emotional and physical stimulation through play programmes that start during rehabilitation and continue after discharge can substantially reduce the risk of permament mental retardation and emotional impairment.

I would be grateful if you could share your experiences in emotional and physical stimulation through play programmes



Amador Gómez
Health & Nutritional Department Coordinator
Acción Contra el Hambre
Caracas 6, 28010 Madrid (Spain)
Phone: +34 913915300, Fax: +34 913915301
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