Children up to 12

Raising a child can be tough and this section aims to lighten your load by providing expert advice from dealing with pet allergies to asthma.

Sign up to our Newsletter


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.

Babies

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!

Babies

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.

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?

  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
Children up to 12

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

Babies

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.

Babies

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.

Babies

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.

Babies

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.

Children up to 12

Myth-busting the common stomach bug

When it comes to home cures for gastro, there are quite a number that do the rounds. We investigated the validity of three common ones.

Babies

Seatbelt safety

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

Children up to 12

Buckle up!

Always wear a seatbelt, no matter how long or short your journey is. Statistics show that only 65% of South Africans wear their seatbelts. Let’s get that to 100% these

Children up to 12

Type 1 diabetes: what’s on the menu?

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, it can often feel like every kind of food is off the menu. Fortunately, dietician Dr Ilsabe Spoelstra has some ideas.

Children up to 12

Let’s play

Children who play up could be lacking in quality playtime. Could your child have a play-deficit disorder?

Children up to 12

Fevers

Fevers in children are often cause for alarm. Here’s how to bring your child’s fever down.

LOAD MORE ARTICLES