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

Children and diets

Childhood obesity is on the rise – but should children ever be put on a diet? Our expert has the answer.

Babies

Pneumococcal disease is often prevented

Pneumococcal disease is caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus) bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact or droplet spread. It can cause mild infections such as ear or sinus infections but can also lead to invasive pneumococcal disease.

Children up to 12

Brain food for kids

Which foods and healthy habits are really the best for growing brain function and development? We speak to a GP specialising in family medicine to find out.

Babies

How to raise iron-rich kids

Children need iron to grow, think and develop. Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrician at Mediclinic George, gives age-appropriate guidelines to help parents ensure their children are getting enough of this valuable nutrient from an early age.

Children up to 12

Bed-wetting explained

Bed-wetting (enuresis) may not be a particularly harmful or life-threatening situation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious or traumatic one for those affected.

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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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Babies

Three things you should know about rotavirus

Rotavirus is highly contagious and a common cause of infectious diarrhoea in developing countries. Since children younger than three are most affected, a Mediclinic paediatrician sheds light on the condition.

Babies

Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout 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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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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Conditions

Double trouble

Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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Early arrivals

Going into labour prematurely can be terrifying, not least because of the many misconceptions about it. Dr Almero Viljoen a gynaecologist and obstetrician at Mediclinic George busts the top five myths about premature labour.

Children up to 12

Ringworm: what you need to know

We look at this common fungal skin infection and how to treat it.

Pregnancy

Body changes during pregnancy [infographic]

This infographic shows you how a woman’s body changes during pregnancy, from head to toes.

Children up to 12

Does your child need spectacles?

A 2003 study concluded that 3% of children up to the age of 13 suffer from some sort of eyesight limitation, increasing threefold by their mid-teens. Could your child be one of them?

Babies

First 7 days with baby

This infographic gives pregnant couples an idea of what to expect for their first 7 days with a new baby.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

Babies

Tips towards raising a secure child

For healthy eyes, we feed our children carrots. For strength, we sneak spinach into their dinners. But what soul food do we serve up for confidence?

Babies

Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

Babies

Peanut allergies in children

Generally, children younger than five years old should steer clear of nuts because they pose a choking hazard, but nuts – and peanuts in particular – can pose a real danger for those with allergies, especially when ingested unknowingly as pastes, butters or oils concealed in other foods.

Babies

How to treat common bites and stings

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

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