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From breastfeeding to postnatal depression, we answer frequently asked questions on having a newborn baby.

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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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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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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 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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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5 ways to treat your baby’s stuffy nose

Congested nasal passages can affect your baby’s ability to feed and can also indicate oncoming illness. Here’s how to handle it…

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When to take your child to the emergency centre

It’s natural to panic when your child falls on their head but when is it actually necessary to go to the emergency room? Dr Stephan Reid, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Potchefstroom identifies warning signs exhibited by babies, toddlers and teenagers.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Newborn know-how

For first-time parents it’s hard to know when baby behaviour indicates a problem. Dr Stephan Reid answers common questions.

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Five shocking truths about your new baby

Let us fill you in on the five shocking truths nobody ever prepares you for when you’re expecting a baby…

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Preparing your child for a new baby

When your firstborn is used to being the centre of attention, introducing a little brother or sister to the mix can be a challenge. Here’s how to best prepare your child for a new baby.

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Foetal surgery

There are few things more distressing for parents-to-be than to hear that their unborn baby has been diagnosed with a disorder. Thanks to hi-tech developments in surgical techniques, though, today surgeons can intervene to remedy the situation – before the baby is even born!

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Seatbelt safety

Wearing a seatbelt saves lives – and so does putting your child in a car seat.

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Mediclinic’s new Baby app

Read more about our new and improved Baby app here.

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Expressing breast milk

Need some help expressing breast milk?

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Frequently asked breastfeeding questions part 2

Many women know that breastfeeding is the best choice they can make for their baby. Claire Pitt, paediatric unit manager at Mediclinic Panorama, shares what you need to know if you choose to breastfeed.

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Frequently asked breastfeeding questions part 1

Many women know that breast-feeding is the best choice they can make for their baby. Claire Pitt, paediatric unit manager at Mediclinic Panorama, shares what you need to know if you choose to breastfeed.

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The first 15 minutes of life

You’ve waited nine months for your baby. Here’s what happens in those first crucial moments.

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Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression is fairly common – here’s how to recognise it and what you can do about it.

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