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Preventing infant deaths: The ABCs of safe baby sleep

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

There are simple steps every parent can take to enhance the safety of sleeping infants, and it all begins with education

SAFE SLUMBER. Parents should make sure they know the ABCs of safe sleep for their babies to protect them. Image from Andrés Nieto Porras from Palma de Mallorca, España [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Get a chance to win prizes by joining the Pampers Go Galaw contest

Apr 02, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Moms, you can win special gift packs and P100,000 in cash!

Join the Pampers Go Galaw contest!

Mar 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

If you’re a Filipina mom 20 years old and above with a baby 3 years old or younger, you can join the Pampers Go Galaw contest from March 17-May 16, 2018!

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo

Saggy diapers can affect your baby's development – study

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:10 PM

A survey by Rappler reveals that most parents don't know their choice of diaper can hinder their child's mobility

WATCH: Czeching Out Prague

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Join this virtual trip – or pilgrimage – to the historic fort of Vyšehrad, Charles Bridge, and the famous church of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the Czech Republic

LANDMARK IN PRAGUE. Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, is adorned with around 30 images of Catholic saints. File photo by AFP

Caring for your infant starts with the right food

Dec 22, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Not sure what to feed your baby? Here’s what you need to know

Outrage mounts over dozens of infant deaths at India hospital

Aug 13, 2017 - 6:06 PM

At least 64 deaths were recorded over the last 6 days allegedly due to a lack of oxygen in the children s wards

Bulk of world's child deaths in just 10 countries – study

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Accelerated investment in child survival is imperative to meet the UN s Sustainable Development Goals authors of the study say

China arrests 6 over fake infant formula

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

State media reports say more than 17 000 cans of the counterfeit product were sold

Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours – DOH

Mar 14, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The DOH places the Zika virus under the Category 1 classification on the Philippine integrated disease surveillance and response system

CLEANLINESS. The DOH advises communities to keep their environment clean to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

I am a 'breastfeeding tatay'

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:15 PM

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month Here s an extraordinary story of a husband preparing to join his wife s breastfeeding journey

UN: 10 more years needed to reach MDG on child mortality

Jul 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

About 16 000 children under 5 die every day in 2015 due to preventable causes such as pneumonia diarrhea and malaria

DOH clears Cebu hospital, not the doctors, in baby's death

Jun 23, 2015 - 8:10 PM

The health director of Central Visayas says the parents of 8 month old Harry Morgan Visaya should file a complaint with PRC against the doctors

PROBE RESULTS. Central Visayas' health director Jaime Bernadas (left) confers Dr Sophia Mancao, who headed the probe into the liability of two government hospitals in the death of an 8-month-old baby. Photo by Dale G. Israel/Rappler

Best for babies: Top 10 foods for healthy babies

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Feeding babies is tricky because of their sensitive digestive system

Detergents linked to genital defects in babies – study

Jun 06, 2015 - 7:53 AM

The research finds that women who regularly work with such chemicals including cleaners and hairdressers are at greatest risk of having sons born with hypospadias

What you need to know about women and HIV

May 22, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Did you know that HIV positive mothers can transmit the virus to their children during pregnancy labor delivery or breastfeeding?

An overview of child survival among Filipinos

Dec 31, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Statistics show that many newborns in the Philippines don’t survive infancy Many of these deaths result from diseases and conditions that are easily preventable or treatable when proven cost effective solutions are available

All photos from Iris Gokeelao/EMW

Ensure baby-friendly evacuation centers during Ruby – DOH

Dec 08, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Local health officials are also directed to provide free vaccines and vitamin A capsules for children in evacuation centers

BABY-FRIENDLY. Marilyn Indiano, 35, carries her two-month-old baby Justine inside an evacuation building in a slum area in Baseco district, Manila, Philippines, December 7, 2014. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Royals rip Giants, pull even in World Series

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Omar Infante smashed his first playoff home run to cap a five run outburst giving the Kansas City Royals a 7 2 victory over San Francisco in Game 2

Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two of the World Series. Photo by Dave Kaup/EPA

From scavenger to sales director

Oct 05, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Khun Chantha enjoys a comfortable living as a sales director for Mercedes Benz – a far cry from the dumps of Cambodia where he grew up This is the story of how he obtained his ticket out of poverty

8 ways breastfeeding can help PH achieve dev't

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

There are 8 Millienium Development Goals that the country can achieve with the help of mothers who breastfeed their children exclusively in the first 6 months

INFOGRAPHIC: How breastfeeding at work should be

Sep 01, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mother but there might not be enough awareness or support given to lactating mothers

Putting an end to 'toasted coffee' over breastmilk

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

If breastfeeding policies would be strictly enforced we would probably not hear any more heartbreaking stories of poor mothers feeding their babies coffee and babies dying of malnutrition

KNOWLEDGE. Mothers must be provided with enough knowledge and support that can enable to properly breastfeed. To do this, the government must implement its existing policies better. Image from Shutterstock

Pinoy moms celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Aug 06, 2014 - 1:57 PM

Iloilo mothers come together to celebrate international breastfeeding awareness month

BREASTFEEDING. The Philippines and the world welcome celebrate August as the International Breastfeeding Awareness Month. All photos by Adrienne Villaruel/

On nutrition and disasters

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The problem is that we don’t maximize our past experiences with disasters

NUTRITION. How do disasters affect the nutritional status of Filipino families? File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Latest PH Nutrition Survey reveals little progress in beating hunger

Jul 10, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The 2013 National Nutrition Survey reveals how far the Philippines has gone in its fight against hunger

Who is on top of PH nutrition?

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Have you ever heard of the National Nutrition Council?

NUTRITION. Who is mainly in charge of the country's nutrition issues? Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Inside Fabella Hospital's milk bank

Jun 21, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Fabella is renowned as a maternity hospital and a hospital for newborns Unknown to many it is also one of the few existing Human Milk Banks in the Philippines

BABY FACTORY. Sometimes dubbed as a "Baby Factory," Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital Milk Bank boast its large supply of milk.

Anesthesia before age one may harm memory: study

Jun 09, 2014 - 10:15 PM

The study shows that children anesthetized as babies had 28 less recollection on average than their peers

Got milk? Makati says yes

May 30, 2014 - 3:14 PM

The city of Makati is the country s first LGU to operate its own milk bank providing donated breast milk to vulnerable infants

MILK BANK. The city of Makati is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to operate its own milk bank which helps save the lives of many infants. Photo from the Makati Human Milk Bank

World-first dialysis machine for infants is born

May 23, 2014 - 10:09 AM

The technology has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of infants with acute kidney injury say medical experts

infant dialysis

Malnutrition: A lack of food and good governance

May 22, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Lack of budget is an overused excuse health advocates protest The real problem lies with wrong prioritization

HEALTH FACILITIES. Lack of funding and staff are the usual problems experienced by health centers across the country. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Who's violating the Milk Code?

May 10, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Some breastfeeding advocates say it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code

MILK INDUSTRY. Some breastfeeding advocates say that it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code. File photo from AFP

The role of fathers in breastfeeding

May 10, 2014 - 4:46 PM

While unable to provide breast milk themselves fathers can give emotional support to mothers who breastfeed

Pregnant during Typhoon Yolanda

May 08, 2014 - 12:05 AM

Jessica is two months pregnant when Yolanda hits the Visayas Now 7 months pregnant she is ready to move on

PREGNANT DURING YOLANDA. Jessica was two months pregnant with her first child when Yolanda hit Central Visayas. All photos from Joy Maluyo

World Vision urges congressmen to keep Milk Code intact

May 06, 2014 - 6:25 PM

World Vision Philippines is urging Filipinos to support breastfeeding as a way to fight malnutrition

MILK CODE. World Vision continues to be vigilant for any attempts of policymakers to amend and water down the Milk Code. Photo from World Vision.

Protecting the newborn and the unborn

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:38 PM

The Philippines is among the top 10 countries in the world with high inequality in newborn deaths between the richest and the poorest

NEWBORN DEATHS. In the Philippines, 12 in 1,000 babies die during their first 28 days of life. Original image from Shutterstock

Lend a hand: Help kids reach their 5th birthday

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Not all children can make it to their 5th birthday The lack of access to basic needs such as food water and medicine lowers their chances of surviving

LEND A HAND. Help kids reach their 5th birthday, through good nutrition, proper hygiene, and education. Screengrab from World Vision's short film

Preventing chronic malnutrition in emergencies

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda affected areas exceeds the 30 global threshold according to the World Health Organization

MALNUTRITION AND YOLANDA. The current chronic malnutrition rate in Yolanda-affected areas exceeds the 30% global threshold, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from World Vision

Why protect the Milk Code?

Apr 04, 2014 - 7:15 AM

About 3 in every 10 children under 5 suffer from chronic undernutrition in Yolanda hit areas How relevant is the Milk Code in times of disaster?

BREASTFEEDING. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding with adequate complementary feeding alone  were estimated to prevent almost one-fifth of under-five deaths in developing countries like the Philippines. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH losing trillions of pesos yearly due to malnutrition

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:45 PM

The Philippines loses about P2 trillion a year as a result of lost productivity and health care costs caused by malnutrition

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Million babies a year die within 24 hours: report

Feb 25, 2014 - 11:48 PM

Save the Children report shows 6 6M children around the world died in 2012 before their 5th birthday mostly from preventable causes

PROTECT KIDS. An unidentified Indian woman and her child waits for treatment at the BC Roy hospital, Calcutta, India's largest referral hospital for children. File photo by Piyal Adhikary.

Mother's milk made to order for boys or girls

Feb 15, 2014 - 11:09 AM

Studies show baby boys often get milk that is richer in fat or protein and thus energy while baby girls often get more milk

DIFFERENT MILKS? Studies in humans, monkeys and other mammals have found a variety of differences in both the content and the quantity of milk produced for boys and girls

Hungry and pregnant in the Philippines

Jan 23, 2014 - 5:52 PM

A Unicef report says the Philippines is the 5th country worldwide with the most cases of low birthweight infants

MOTHER AND CHILD. The nutritional status of mothers before and during pregnancy can have short-term and long-term impacts on their children. Photo by Akira Liwanag/EPA

Save the Children eyes aiding half a million survivors of Haiyan

Nov 28, 2013 - 12:09 AM

What the Philippines is facing is really one of the worst humanitarian crises that I have experienced The scale is really staggering says Ned Olney of Save the Children

VULNERABLE. Child survivors, who escaped after their village was attacked by allegedly armed men, wait for help in typhoon-devastated Tacloban City, Leyte, 13 November 2013. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Breastfeeding ‘critical’ to baby’s survival in calamity areas

Nov 22, 2013 - 6:40 PM

Save the Children says breastmilk is the most powerful defense against disease illness and death in times of disaster

MOTHER'S MILK. May-Joy and her two week old daughter Ariana in their home which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan but has since been repaired, Panay Island, Philippines. Photo by Evan Schuurman/Save the Children

It's showtime! Rep PH's 'The Producers' opens

Nov 14, 2013 - 12:24 AM

Theater is a way for me to do what I love best in a setting that’s personal and communal

SHOWSTOPPER. G Töngi ends her year with Repertory Philippines' 'The Producers.' All photos courtesy of Repertory Philippines

Mass breastfeeding record attempt in Philippines

Oct 24, 2013 - 5:34 PM

About 21 000 mothers nationwide simultaneously breastfeeds October 24 in a bid to break the country s own Guinness record

BREASTFEEDING.  Mothers and their children at nationwide simultaneous breastfeeding event in Marikina city on October 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

Bluebird of Happiness: An original Filipino musical

Oct 18, 2013 - 9:42 PM

Trumpets big musical comeback brings families and friends together for The Bluebird of Happiness