THE health of babies is a major concern and parents must ensure their children are taken for regular health checks, says Lautoka Health Centre physiotherapy assistant Satendra Prasad.
He made the comments while co-judging entrants during the University of Fiji Sugar Festival's Johnson and Johnson Baby Show.
Mr Prasad said his team was responsible for scrutinising babies in the one-to two-year-old category.
"We looked at the development of the babies, muscle tone, breastfeeding, their health and also their dressing, what they wore and whether it suited the day and weather.
"So far, we have seen that the hygiene of these babies has been very good but there are some things that mothers need to work on.
"We are really promoting breastfeeding because we have seen that most mothers stop breastfeeding after a year and use other sources of milk.
"This way, the children miss out on basic but essential nutrients.
"Another major problem is when parents do not bring their babies to hospitals for check-ups.
"We know this when we see their health cards. I urge parents to take care of their children and take them for regular check-ups."