Baby

This section provides expert tips on pregnancy, babies and looking after children up to 12 from our leading paediatricians, general practitioners and gynaecologists.

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Children up to 12

Preparing your child for preschool

Sending your little one to preschool for the first time is a major change, both for parents and their children. Here’s how to make sure you’re all prepared.

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Maternal malaria

Dr Marlena du Toit, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt, gives expert advice on malaria prevention and treatment during pregnancy.

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Flying with kids

Are you planning a holiday with children, and does it involve air travel? Here are some tips to make the trip easier – for you, your child and your fellow passengers!

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Toddler-proof holidays

Cross a curious toddler with a Christmas tree filled with shiny ‘toys’ and lights and you could have a recipe for disaster. So here are some tips on making sure your home is safe for your little ones during this festive period. And, if you’re visiting relatives, be aware that their homes might not be child friendly, so ask them to have a look at the list too.

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Pregnancy and antidepressants

On antidepressants and planning to fall pregnant or pregnant already? We got expert advice from a Mediclinic psychiatrist.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Children up to 12

Handling a poison emergency

With little hands constantly exploring and open mouths at the ready, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what toddlers and kids are ingesting. Here’s what to do in a poison emergency.

Children up to 12

Should your child wear sunglasses?

You’ll be slathering the sunscreen on your kids this summer… but while you’re worrying about sunburned skin, are you giving any thought to their eyes?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Guiding your children through stress

As exams approach and school pressures mount, children stress and parents worry. We chat to CP de Jager, an educational and counselling psychologist at Mediclinic Emfuleni in Vanderbijlpark about how to manage your children’s stress and when it’s time to get professional assistance.

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Childhood tantrums

Rage fits can quickly spiral out of control, leaving both child and parent feeling ashamed and shaken. Here are expert tips on dealing with those pesky tantrums.

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Discussing diabetes

If caught in time, diabetes doesn’t need to be debilitating. We chat to Dr Alkesh Magan, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Sandton, and Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrican at Mediclinic Geneva in George, to find out more about the disease and how to manage it.

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Poisonous household substances

The minute little ones become mobile, monitoring what they put in their mouths becomes a full-time job for parents and caregivers. With a number of seemingly innocuous household substances potentially poisonous to your child, here’s what to look out for.

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Baby proofing 101

Bringing a new baby home is all good and well for the first few months – until they start crawling, that is. Here’s how to baby proof your home.

Expert Articles

Pregnancy: 3-step body adaptation process

Waiting for your body to change in response to your growing baby can be equally as daunting as the pregnancy itself. But Dr Johannes van Waart, a fertility specialist at Wijnlands Fertility who works with Stellenbosch Mediclinic, says it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what to expect…

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Clean hands can save lives: part two

Here are the way you can reduce your risk against picking an illness with clean hands.

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Pregnancy nutrition

You may have broken every diet you’ve ever started but there’s little wiggle room when it comes to healthy eating during pregnancy.

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‘You’re stronger than this. Fix this thing.’

Actress and mother Marisa Drummond writes a retrospective letter to her husband Christopher after their journey through postnatal depression (PND) together.

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Treating flu during pregnancy

When flu strikes during pregnancy your treatment options are more limited – but there are ways to boost your immunity and ease symptoms.

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The flu shot 101

With Jack Frost’s winter chill already nibbling at our toes, now would be the ideal time to get yourself – and your family – vaccinated against the influenza virus if you haven’t already. At Mediclinic we know that injections can be a scary thought, so here’s what you need to know…

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