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?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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?

  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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.

Children up to 12

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.

Children up to 12

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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