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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Children up to 12

Your children on medicine: all you need to know

A sick child is every parent’s nightmare. But helping your kids develop a healthy attitude to taking medicine is the first step to ensuring a speedy recovery.

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How important is crawling to your baby’s physical and cognitive development?

It’s their first taste of independence and mobility and one of the more exciting milestones your baby will achieve. But crawling is also a very important milestone in terms of cognitive and physical development.

Children up to 12

Should your children exercise when sick?

Should a little sniffle be reason enough to make them skip that tennis lesson?

Baby Neave: youngest person in Africa to receive cochlear implant
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Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

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Sleep time: what’s happening in your baby’s brain? [Video]

This may look like a nap but there’s something going on in your baby’s brain that is probably as critical to your baby’s development as good nutrition.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • 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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Why autistic girls are often undiagnosed

Ongoing research suggests that girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to camouflage their symptoms than boys. This means they are not being accurately diagnosed – and are not getting the help they need.

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Children up to 12

Should I worry about teen suicide?

In short, if you’re a parent, the risk of teen, or even child, suicide should always be on your radar. An alarming statistic released by the South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group shows that as many as 1 in 4 teenagers has attempted to take their own life. Here are tips from experts on how to help your teenager.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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Children up to 12

Therapy options for children with PTSD

Children and adolescents can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after exposure to a range of traumatic events,’ warns Ronel Groenewald, a counselling psychologist in private practice in Kimberley. ‘These include domestic abuse, political or community violence, violent crime, physical or sexual abuse, hijacking, car accidents and home invasion.’

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When a pregnancy can turn into cancer

A molar pregnancy is a rare complication of pregnancy. Also known as a hydatidiform mole, it is characterised by abnormal growth of the cells that make up the placenta. It is diagnosed in about 1 in every 1 000 pregnancies but this figure can vary per country.

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Sleep and your baby

As soon as a new mother brings her baby home, she is inundated with well-meaning advice on what to do and what not to do to instill good sleeping habits. At the end of the day, as long as your baby is sleeping well – and sleeping safely – the details on whether you rock baby to sleep or which brand of baby carrier you use become less significant.

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Colic versus gas in babies

Is your baby constantly unsettled? How can you tell if it’s colic, gas or something more serious?

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When morning sickness turns serious

The majority of women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting while pregnant – but approximately 3% (including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton) develop a severe form called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here’s what you should know.

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Why do I still look pregnant months after giving birth?

Diastasis recti is a common post-baby condition that means your stomach muscles have separated. The correct exercises can help – as can surgery as a last resort.

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Special delivery: options for breech babies

If your baby is not positioned head-down in your womb by 36 weeks, he or she is considered breech. Dr Ludwig van Zyl, a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains the options for delivery in this scenario.

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Do dads get depressed too?

February is Pregnancy Awareness Month. We find out from a psychologist if dads can also suffer from postnatal depression.

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How new mothers can recognise and prevent mastitis

Mastitis is the often-painful infection of the breast caused by a clogged duct in the nipple of a breastfeeding mother. Mediclinic Vergelegen gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Ludwig van Zyl, advises on prevention and treatment.

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Your options for dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss

Are you or your partner facing the heartbreak of recurrent miscarriages? Dr Abri de Bruin, a gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist based at Genesis Reproductive Centre at Mediclinic Kloof, offers his invaluable support and treatment advice for couples struggling with recurrent pregnancy loss.

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Fevers in babies

And when to worry.

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