KKN BBM 61 UNAIR promotes toddler stunting and oral hygiene

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Students of KKN BBM 61 UNAIR socialize stunting and oral hygiene to mothers in local health center (Photo: Fida Aifiya)

UNAIR NEWS – UNAIR 61st Community Service Study Team (KKN BBM) consisting of ten students from various faculties conducted socialization on stunting and dental hygiene for toddlers. It was carried out on the local Health Center in Pamotan Village, Sambeng District, Lamongan Regency. The socialization held in the middle of January 2020.

The socialization is under the focus of the health sector launched by Regent of Lamongan. The local government is aggressively improving the health sector. One the focus problem is stunting, the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition.

Stunting is the problem focus, and it can be found in Lamongan District. Stunting eradication is considered important because delays in the growth and development of the child have not only an impact on the child’s physical but also the cognitive abilities.

In collaboration with midwives and local health center in Pamotan Village, UNAIR 61st KKN team conducted socialization of stunting. The village has just formed a health center park, which will later hold activities once a month. Besides, KKN-BBM team also assisted midwives and staff in carrying out the first socialization.

The socialization targets include toddlers and the elderly. It is carried out in five hamlets in Pamotan: Rapah, Sumbersoko, Ngegreng, Sapon, and Pamotan. Stunting socialization is included in a series of health center events, targeting pregnant women and mother of children under five years old.

“Besides, we will also explain the teeth-cleaning process for toddlers,” said Annisa Nur Aulia, FKG student who is one of the members of the KKN-BBM team.

Furthermore, KKN BBM team demonstrated on maintaining toddler teeth and mouth hygiene.

“Wash the baby teeth with a handkerchief. After the teeth have grown and it can be brushed with a small toothbrush. Make sure children can rinse his mouth because toothpaste should not be swallowed, “she added. (*)

Author: Fida Aifiya

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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