Medical Guide for Women and Children during Hajj in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Women and Children during Hajj
The Hajj is a hard journey and requires great effort. And a woman has their own status during the hajj; they could be pregnant, experience the menstrual period, or suffer because of their physical configuration from excessive hardship.
If the woman to go on the hajj would like to use PMS pills in order to perform the hajj rites properly, they should follow the following tips:
- To consult a gynecologist before going on the Hajj with enough time space (7 days at minimum or according to the gynecologists tips, to make sure of how to take the pills and the proper dose.
- The goal of these medicines is to stop the blood from coming down; hence woman must make a point of having them at their specific time according to the gyncaecologist's tips.
- There are some side effects for such pills of which there are nausea, headache, pains in the breast areas, mood swings, and nervousness.
Each woman has their own nature, so they must consult the gyncaecologist to recognize suitable medicines, helping them perform the Hajj rites smoothly and easily.
Pregnant Women and Hajj:
It is recommended postponing the Hajj for the pregnant woman for the following reasons:
- They could experience some complications such as inflammations or be vulnerable to any infection due to immunodeficiency and overcrowding.
- They are likely to sustain sun strokes.
- They are likely to be vulnerable to physical exhaustion as a result of walking for long distances, which could lead to the sustaining of contractions in the lower area of the abdomen and backaches.
- They are likely to sustain physical injuries as a result of the overcrowding, which could lead to complications affecting the pregnancy safety and fetus life.
- They are likely to sustain severe drought because of not having enough amount of fluids.
The pregnant should postpone Hajj in the following cases:
- Preterm birth disease history
- Early miscarriage cases.
- Suffering from pregnancy diabetes.
- Heart and hypertension diseases or kidney patients and others
Health Tips for the Pregnant Woman:
- To consult an obedtrician in order to know if you could go on the Hajj without sustaining any health complications.
- To make sure of consulting the obedtrician if they could be vaccinated against the meningitis and influenza before at least ten days of the Hajj.
- To make sure of bringing all the necessary medicines as enough as all the Hajj period along.
- To make a point of wearing the proper, snug clothes and shoes.
- To have an enough amount of fluids.
- To walk for a little period every an hour or two to avoid the venous thrombosis of legs
- To avoid crowding and to choose the proper times to perform the rites.
- When you feel bleeding, abdominal contractions, migraine, or high temperature, you should head to the nearest health center or hospital.
- To avoid any excessive physical effort and apply for the legitimate license according to its conditions when necessary such as using the wheel chair during Tawaf (circumambulation) and Sa'i (walking) when feeling the strain.
Infants and Children during the Hajj:
It is recommended not to be accompanied by children who are not at puberty during the Hajj for the following reason:
- Children are more vulnerable to get infected with diseases such as respiratory tract and digestive tract infections, or gastroenteritis.
- Children are more vulnerable to lose fluids than adults either because of the high temperature or the little water they consume.
- Exhaustion tires children during the Hajj and could suppress their appetite; hence leading to the loss of the body's fluids.
- Children are more vulnerable to get lost because of the overcrowding during the hajj.
Tips the Parents must know when brining their children along:
Generally speaking, patents must be interested in making their children adhere to the general health tips during the Hajj (you can refer to the main list of the website), and they must specifically be interested in the following:
- Making a point of putting a bracelet around the child's wrist showing their full name. residence place, telephone number, and the name of the convoy.
- Making sure that the child has taken the main vaccinations.
- It is recommended that the child take Escherichia coli bacterium (Haemophilus influenza) ten days before travelling if it were among the main vaccinations.
- Having fluids to excess to avoid drought.
- Washing hands continuously.
- Making sure of the cleanliness and dryness of the in-between thighs' area to prevent exfoliations.
- Making sure of the food cleanliness.
- Not bringing children along to overcrowded places as much as possible.
- Wearing face-masks in the overcrowded places.
- It is recommended to see a doctor when any health problems occur such as diarrhea, vomit, and high temperature.
If your children accompanied you for the Hajj, make sure of giving them the main vaccinations, in addition to other Hajj-related vaccinations.
As issued by the Ministry of Health KSA
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