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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Babies (up to 1 year)

Baby milestones in the first year [infographic]

Infant development is not an exact science, but these baby milestones are an important way of noticing developmental delays early. This is a guide to your baby’s important developments. 

Babies (up to 1 year)

Immunity and your child

Prevention is always better than cure. Vaccines are the best protection you can offer your child against infectious diseases.

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In the womb: take a sneak peek [infographic]

Growing a baby is no small feat. When a mother becomes pregnant, it’s not only her focus that shifts to her baby: her body kicks into a high gear to redirect its energy into providing space and nourishment for the growing infant.

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The science behind your pregnancy food cravings [infographic]

Food cravings in general are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings.

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The pregnancy hormone

Progesterone – a steroid hormone – plays a vital role in your fertility. Progesterone helps your body build strong bones and healthy hair. It’s also said to help you sleep

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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Are you at risk of premature birth? Know your risk factors

There are a number of reasons why you might be likely to give birth more than three weeks before your baby’s estimated due date. As Dr Ntlharhi Mathonsi, a gynaecologist

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Fertility treatments aren’t as invasive as you may think

Many people who can’t get pregnant immediately think of IVF. But in 80% of cases, the solution is a lot simpler, and easier, than you think. We take you through this progressive process that helps your body stimulate a natural, beautiful process.

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  • 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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  • 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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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What is pre-eclampsia?

This condition affects women after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If it is detected early, outcomes are better for you and your unborn child.

Children (1 to 12 years)

How to combat school-related illness

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.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Healthy habits start with you

The most powerful way to teach your child healthy habits for life is to model healthy behaviours says an expert at Mediclinic.

Pregnancy and Paediatrics

Helping a teen cope with a chronic illness

Adolescence is a tricky period at the best of times. If your youngster is coping with a chronic illness –  such as asthma, diabetes, anxiety or epilepsy – they will be dealing with additional challenges. Here’s how to ease their path.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Why play matters – plus, easy ways for dads to bond with baby at home

Feeding, sleeping, bathing, pooping – your new baby’s day is jam packed. But the most important time in your little one’s schedule might just be the most fun.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Could my child have a food allergy?

Your child might not be overreacting if they complain of a stomach ache after eating fish fingers, scrambled eggs or peanut butter toast.

Pregnancy and Paediatrics

How to be a great parent to teenagers

From chatterbox to moody stranger: what do teenagers need from a parental relationship?

Children (1 to 12 years)

Is it just a childhood phase – or could it be a disorder?

Parents play a crucial role in identifying early childhood behavioural issues for treatment.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Why does my child refuse to wear ‘scratchy’ clothes?

Parents play a crucial role in treating early childhood behavioural issues. 

Children (1 to 12 years)

Yikes! My child has lice

The last thing any parent wants is a lice infestation. Here’s how to eliminate them when they occur. As Dr Katie Yazbek, a general practitioner at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains, lice

Children (1 to 12 years)

Understanding your child’s gross motor skills

Each child is unique and develops at a different rate. However, there are certain gross motor skill milestones that need to be reached to ensure your child’s healthy development. Motor

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