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 (1 to 12 years)

Can school make you sick?

Back to school means back to health risks: lice, ringworm and meningitis are all common conditions many kids bring home from their first week back. Here’s how to avoid them.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Together – Brandon Grant

Today, Brandon Grant is 18 months old – a happy, smiling, bouncing little boy. But for his first nine months, he lived in intensive care, fighting for his life. Brandon

Babies (up to 1 year)

Inside the NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a specialised space designed to keep your preterm baby safe, warm and well fed under expert care. Not all babies born prematurely will

Children (1 to 12 years)

Ensure safety in the home this summer {infographic}

The majority of childhood accidents occur in a familiar place. As these ER24 paramedics explain, kids are particularly at risk of burn injuries caused by household fires.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Safety in the water {infographic}

Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in South Africa. We look at why, highlight some dangers that come with holidays spent at the beach or in the pool,

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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Children (1 to 12 years)

A diagnosis for the whole family: living with someone with diabetes

If you’ve had a child diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll know: this is a life-changing illness, and not just for them. Here we look at how the whole family can help

Diabetes

Gestational diabetes: what does that mean?

Gestational diabetes means you have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy – but is it a precursor of Type 2 diabetes? And will it affect your baby? When a woman

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
Children (1 to 12 years)

New Head Space

When Patrick Lambie announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 28, many fans were left confused: how could symptoms of concussion cut a whole career short? As Mediclinic

Events

Mediclinic World Prematurity Day Fun Run 2019

Get moving and join the fun on a 5km run or walk to raise awareness about WOrld Prematurity Day and support Tygerberg Hospital Children’s Trust. Worldwide, premature birth is the

Gynaecology

Struggling to conceive? Your infertility questions, answered.

Being diagnosed as infertile doesn’t mean you can’t fall pregnant, it just means something is preventing you from conceiving naturally.   What is infertility? ‘Doctors define infertility as the inability to conceive

Babies (up to 1 year)

Liquid gold: The benefits of breast milk

Breast milk is not just food for baby – it provides potent health-giving properties for mom, too. Dr Jonathan Buckley, a paediatric nephrologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers a closer look at

Babies (up to 1 year)

Everything you need to know about vaccinations

Regular vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping your child infection-free. Dr Evan Shoul, an Infectious Disease specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre Mediclinic, explains further. In the past,

Babies (up to 1 year)

Baby brain development: What’s happening inside that little head?

The first three years of your baby’s life are crucial for brain development. This means it’s a time of great opportunity. NORMAL BABY MILESTONES 6 WEEKS ▶ Your baby will

Children (1 to 12 years)

Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

Babies (up to 1 year)

Talk to me, baby

Syllable by syllable, your baby’s language skills develop slowly at first. Stimulating your child will encourage them to learn, and help prevent language delays. “There are milestones in children’s language

Babies (up to 1 year)

First aid for babies

Treating babies and toddlers at the Emergency Centre can be tricky, since they can’t verbalise their ailment. But with a little knowledge of what to do – and what to

Healthy Life

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

Children (1 to 12 years)

Extraordinary: Parenting a child with autism

“Having your child diagnosed with Autism isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a somewhat different and special chapter.” When Claudette De Witt gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, she

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