Pregnancy and Paediatrics

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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8 ways to prepare
your child for a new school

Posted on 12 January 2017

An educational psychologist offers advice to parents to help learners start a new school on a positive note.

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Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

Posted on 6 January 2017

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming more common in South Africa and globally, affecting as many as one in 10 women. Women are experiencing irregular periods, sub-fertility and miscarriage, excess facial hair and fatigue, weight gain and abdominal pain – to name a few PCOS symptoms.

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‘Cutting out junk food improved my son’s ADHD’

Posted on 19 December 2016

Brandy Massam found that changing her son’s diet improved his school performance and behaviour almost immediately.

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Common childhood illnesses in adults

Posted on 19 December 2016

Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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 have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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Exercise during pregnancy

Posted on 12 December 2016

While pregnancy is certainly not the time to take up kickboxing, many exercise routines can be beneficial to both expectant mothers and their babies. Here’s what to consider when planning your pregnancy fitness regimen.

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5 school lunchboxes for the week

Posted on 12 December 2016

Packing food for picky eaters to take to school can be tricky. But mix a bit of forward planning with a smart grocery list and you have the ingredients for a good lunch.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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 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 triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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What parents of preemies need to know

Posted on 17 November 2016

Once a mother gives birth to a premature baby, the ensuing weeks or months can be incredibly draining. We speak to the multidisciplinary team at Mediclinic Medforum about how they support parents and optimise the in-hospital care their preemies receive.

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Mediclinic Medforum marks World Prematurity Day

Posted on 17 November 2016

As Mediclinic Medforum in Pretoria marks World Prematurity Day, we speak to the hospital’s multidisciplinary team about premature birth and the many misconceptions surrounding it.

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Late bloomers: when to worry

Posted on 28 October 2016

How can you tell if your child is a late bloomer and whether you should be concerned about a possible medical problem?

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Why calcium is essential in pregnancy

Posted on 11 October 2016

Dr Olufemi Owolabi, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Ermelo, says your diet during pregnancy can impact your own and your baby’s bone mass – and the resultant risk of osteoporosis later in life.

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When a child benefits from occupational therapy

Posted on 7 October 2016

Occupational therapy (OT) is a multi-disciplinary practice spanning a broad spectrum of areas and age groups. However, OT can be especially beneficial for certain children, explains occupational therapist Gaya-Unnisa Ahmed of Mediclinic Newcastle.

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Looking forward to a bright future

Posted on 19 September 2016

Until it struck her baby boy, Mpilo, cancer was a completely foreign concept to actress, TV presenter and entrepreneur Phumeza Mdabe.

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Four signs your baby could have colic

Posted on 16 September 2016

A Mediclinic paediatrician explains how you can tell if your baby has colic, or whether there could be another underlying concern.

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What could cause a miscarriage

Posted on 23 August 2016

Just found out you’re expecting, or planning a pregnancy? The fear of a miscarriage is very real for most prospective parents. Dr Jackson Ndhlovu, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Tzaneen, talks us through what could cause a miscarriage and what you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

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Breast is best for mom too

Posted on 15 August 2016

We all know breast milk is the best option for babies, but does breastfeeding offer benefits for mothers too? We asked Erica Neser, a lactation consultant for Mediclinic Stellenbosch.

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Seven serious symptoms in babies and toddlers

Posted on 12 August 2016

For new parents, determining whether a little one is really sick or just experiencing generally harmless symptoms can be a minefield. Calling your paediatrician for any hint of a sniffle

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Your child and rheumatic heart disease

Posted on 5 August 2016

While it’s not often seen in private practice, rheumatic heart disease is one of the most commonly acquired childhood heart diseases around the world, affecting about 325 000 children each year.

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Baby skin conditions

Posted on 13 July 2016

Soft, smooth and blemish-free baby skin is much rarer than you’d think. Dr Yolandi Visser, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Panorama, discusses common baby skin conditions and the signs that may indicate an underlying problem.

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Why kids’ bones bend before they break

Posted on 8 July 2016

Have you ever thought that small children tend to bounce back from injuries more quickly than grown-ups? You’re right, they do – and the reason for that lies in their bones.

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Educational apps for kids

Posted on 21 June 2016

When their usage is monitored and limited, smartphones and tablets can be beneficial to your children – especially if they’re exploring educational apps.

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Chester Williams on raising twins

Posted on 10 June 2016

As a Springbok rugby player Chester Williams used his strength, agility and mental fortitude to become one of South Africa’s World Cup-winning heroes. He needed those attributes again when he and his wife, Maria, had twins.

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