This is the last article for the year in the health series by Dettol, Sowetan and the Othandweni Children's Home.
Othandweni is a part of the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JWS) and is based in Mofolo in Soweto. It means place of love in isiZulu.
The home caters for children from birth to 18 years who have been abused, abandoned and neglected. There are currently 90 children at Othandweni.
There are numerous cottages where children of different ages live, and a nursery for 30 children, newborn babies and children up to the age of four.
In the nursery hygiene and healthy eating habits are a top priority because young children are susceptible to diseases and infections.
To prevent the little ones from getting infections, some of the older children in the sewing class sewed name tags on each of the toddlers' fac cloths.
This way housemothers know which flannel belongs to which child, and if one child has an infection, it will not spread to others.
The importance of washing hands and keeping floors and surfaces clean can never be reiterated enough because it can mean the difference between health and illness.
It is also important that a child who is sick must be isolated. This is a rule that the housemothers always keep in mind and never break.
Two-year-old Neo developed chickenpox a few weeks ago and before long, two other children in the nursery had contracted it too.
The sick toddlers had to be taken to the local clinic and had to be isolated to prevent the outbreak spreading through the entire nursery.
Housemothers pay special attention to all illnesses and infections in order to avoid another outbreak.
Othandweni works closely with the local clinic and the community to ensure that the toddlers and the other children in the home are healthy and live in hygienic surroundings.
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