A passion for reclaiming te reo Māori for her whānau led mother Caren Davis to open a Plunket Te Reo playgroup in the small Northland town of Mangawhai. Te Puna Reo o Te Mangawhai has 23 children enrolled, with around 10 attending the weekly playgroup. Caren says the wonderful thing about the group is that adults and children are learning te reo and tīkanga together.
It’s with great pleasure that we warmly welcome Bayer New Zealand Ltd to the Plunket family as a Pick Me Help Plunket partner. Bayer is a global enterprise and its Consumer Health division is one of the leading suppliers of non-prescription (OTC) drug products and dietary supplements. Its well-known brand, Bepanthen has been healing skin for over 70 years – a product many of you with babies and children may already be familiar with!
Bepanthen® Ointment, which is now under the Pick Me Help Plunket umbrella, has a dual action to help treat and prevent nappy rash, keeping skin hydrated by providing a breathable waterproof barrier.
Plunket urges any business or organisation with public access to provide a supportive space for breastfeeding mums. This week (1-7 August) is international Breastfeeding Week and Plunket National Advisor, Marianne Grant says “In many towns and cities around the country, mothers often struggle to find somewhere comfortable and indoors to feed their babies when they are out and about. Plunket would like to see cafes, shops, businesses, council buildings and government departments do their bit to give the next generation the best possible start in life.
A product recall has been issued for Jazslings - Dummy Clip Silicone Pacifier Clip Accessory Teething Clip Dummy Holder Strap.
This product has been recalled because small parts are able to be detached and if small parts detach during use this poses a potential choking hazard. It also exceeds the required length of Australian standards for dummy chains.
July is Oral Health month and Plunket is encouraging parents to make sure their babies are enrolled with their local dental clinic. It’s important to start regular dental check-ups from when your child’s first teeth appear. Community dental clinics are free and are often located within primary schools.
Plunket is partnering with the Huggies nappies team to bring a simple yet important message to kiwis to Make Time for Hugs. Believing it takes a village to raise a child, we want to remind not only mums and dads, but the extended family, of the deep and lasting benefits of hugs to a child’s development and wellbeing and the importance of making time to hug their baby. Make Time for Hugs captures the everyday moving emotional connections between mum, dad, grandparent, sibling, aunt, and baby of real New Zealand families.
Bayer is a global enterprise and its Consumer Health division is one of the leading suppliers of non-prescription (OTC) drug products and dietary supplements. Its well-known brand, Bepanthen has been healing skin for over 70 years – a product many of you with babies and children may already be familiar with!
Bepanthen® Ointment, which is now under the Pick Me Help Plunket umbrella, has a dual action to help treat and prevent nappy rash, keeping skin hydrated by providing a breathable waterproof barrier. Unlike other nappy rash creams, Bepanthen® Ointment contains Provitamin B5 which helps the skin actively heal and repair its natural barrier from within.
Plunket is asking the Government to consider further incremental increases in paid parental leave in future Budgets following today’s application of the financial veto to Labour MP Sue Moroney's private member's bill. The Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament in April, seeking to extend paid leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks. The Government recently increased the entitlement from 16 weeks to 18 weeks, and Plunket encourages continued increases as future Budget conditions allow, Acting Chief Executive Amanda Malu says.
Along with many New Zealanders, Plunket worries about the arrival of winter.
“At this time of the year, families on low incomes really struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford high heating bills. We encourage all landlords and property agents to make sure their rental homes are insulated, heavy curtains have been provided to keep out drafts, and any water leaks or dampness are dealt with quickly,” said Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.
Each year more than 110,000 children are injured at home and in the wider community, so Plunket and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) are teaming up to help prevent injuries and make Kiwi kids safer.
By the time they are two years old, 28 percent of all Kiwi children will need medical treatment after an accident at home, says Plunket Acting Chief Executive Amanda Malu. “The most common cause of injury to children are falls – with 64,000 children under five hurt last year.