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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Paediatrics

Adenoids: Does your child need surgery? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your adenoid is a gland that sits behind your soft palate between your nose and throat. It is vital for good health in babies and children.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Does my child need a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is routine surgery that can be performed in Mediclinic’s 10 day clinics with same-day admission and discharge.

Babies (up to 1 year)

5 respiratory viruses unrelated to COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19 – but other respiratory viruses can also affect your breathing passages, causing cold and flu-like symptoms as well as shortness of breath and pneumonia.

Children (1 to 12 years)

“Your child has collapsed”

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A call from the school to say your child has collapsed and is not breathing….

Babies (up to 1 year)

When to worry about a child’s temperature [INFOGRAPHIC]

If your child has a fever, but is playing, eating, and behaving as usual, you may not need to do anything. If they’re restless and miserable, you need to help them feel more comfortable. We share tips on how to treat them at home… and when to seek emergency medical help.

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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  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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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Babies (up to 1 year)

Does my child need grommets? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Does your child struggle with recurrent middle ear infections? These can affect your child’s hearing, speech and learning abilities. Fortunately, grommets might be the solution! Find out here…

Babies (up to 1 year)

What are febrile seizures? [INFOGRAPHIC]

It can be frightening if your child has a febrile seizure – but don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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Emergency

Don’t delay emergency treatment!

Remember, Mediclinic hospitals and Emergency Centres are equipped to deal with both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19-related complications. When Ben Rossiter, a 14-year-old Cape Town schoolboy began complaining of stomach pains, his

Children (1 to 12 years)

Anxious child? The do’s and don’ts

Children may find it difficult to explain how they’re feeling during this ongoing pandemic. Watch out for these signs of anxiety – and learn how to help them cope. People

Covid-19

Having a baby during COVID-19 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here’s all you need to know about having a baby at Mediclinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Mediclinic Mother and Child Units [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mediclinic has three specialised multidisciplinary Mother and Child Units. They provide family-centred healthcare supported by the latest medical technology and bring together experts – all in one wing.

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