More Than 10 Million Children Worldwide Work As Domestic Labourers & Servants

More Than 10 Million Children Worldwide Work As Domestic Labourers & Servants

About 10 and a half million children around the world are said to be working as domestic servants, according to a new report.

“All children should be able to play, study, pray and grow, in their own families, in a harmonious environment, one of love and serenity. It is their right and our duty,”


More Than 10 Million Children Worldwide Work As Domestic Labourers & Servants

More Than 10 Million Children Worldwide Work As Domestic Labourers & Servants

“Child labour doesn’t only mean working in factories, or working in plantations. It also means working in domestic work, working in the homes of other people,”

Children betrayed

Children betrayed

South Africa needs between 16000 and 66000 social workers.

I tweeted this and ccd one of my social worker friends. She replied “we are underpaid” This made me realise that one of the reasons we might be having this problem is because there are no proper incentives to attract young people to do Social Works. I know that Dpt of Social Development offers bursaries every year for matriculants to study Social Work. I would like to know what other incentives are there and what strategies is this department having in place to attract more young people to pursue Social Work as a degree. Those who get bursaries do they make it to final year? If not why? What resources are there in place in order to help those that have received bursaries to finish. I am a Student Development Advisor and in both the institutions I am responsible for I don’t not have a single student studying Social Work.

What measures are there to retain Social Workers and to motivate them?

Atopic eczema is a very common problem amongst children and babies affecting around 1 in 5 children.  It is characterized by dry, flaky skin that is very itchy and in its acute form the skin becomes reddened, scaly and in some areas the skin may be wet and weepy.  In babies, the face and scalp are most commonly affected.  As they get older, it spreads to involve the body and limbs, with the limb creases – backs, wrists, ankle and neck, and the front of the elbows being the most commonly affected sites.

The causes of eczema are not 100% known and in 10% of cases the conditions may be due to allergy  to certain food groups (citrus,soybeans, fish, nuts, wheat, eggs peanuts and milk protein), to dust mites, feather pollens etc.  Addressing your child’s diet must be done with caution as you need to be careful to get a balanced diet. The tendency towards eczema is often hereditary but environmental factors often play an important role.  The good news is that by age 36 months the incidence is halved and about 70% of children will completely outgrow this condition by their teens.  It is a condition that is chronic and needs to be managed in the long run, as there are intermittent flare-ups every few weeks.  Research has shown that basic changes in the use of soap free products and the use of emollients are critical in reducing the incidence and managing the side effects of eczema. 

Managing the side-effects of eczema in babies is particularly important as babies cannot control the urge to scratch, often resulting in bacterial infections, bleeding and major discomfort.  Scratching not only disturbs baby’s sleep but can worsen the itch and cause further inflammation. With older children you run the risk of concentration problems at school.

How can eczema be controlled? 

The good news is that this condition can be managed and although there is no cure, it can be treated so as alleviate the symptoms of eczema.  New research is now showing that conditions such as atopic eczema, neuro dermatits and psoriasis can only show long term positive results if the skin is treated with pH 5,5! 

Keep baby skin healthy by using pH 5,5 balanced products and make sure that the skin is well hydrated with products that contain high quality moisturizing agents such as Chamomile, Panthenol and Allantoin! 

Baby skin is virtually sterile at birth and it is very important that the skin is treated gently and is supported to build a healthy pH 5,5 acid mantle.  Water and soap is not the best combination for sensitive skin!  PH 5,5 balanced soap substitutes, bath oils and moisturizers help to keep the skin smooth and well hydrated.  In colder climates and for very dry skin use a “thicker” cream (in warmer climates a lotion will suffice). Apply creams and moisturizers in between baths if skin is very dry. Pat baby dry and apply moisturizers.  For an infected scalp use a mild pH balanced Shampoo and do not try to remove scabs. Only use cotton textiles on baby and in extreme cases dress baby in silver coated textiles. Do remember that a new born does not need to bath more than 3-4 times a week and while your baby is still tiny you should use a separate wash basin for his face.  

Also avoid hot baths, detergents, latex, rubber and fabric softeners.  Keep the bedroom temperature cool and in very dry climates use a humidifier