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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Group B strep and pregnancy

Found in 25% of healthy pregnant women, group B streptococcus – commonly known as group B strep (GBS) – is a bacterial infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery. Mediclinic gynaecologists share some insights.

Babies

Starting little ones on solid foods

It can be daunting to make the transition from a milk-only diet to helping your baby discover solid foods. But it’s an exciting time for you and your little one, filled with new experiences.

Babies

Prenatal testing options for genetic abnormalities

Amniocentesis used to be the most common procedure to test for serious genetic birth defects, but nowadays there are other less invasive ways to test prenatally for genetic abnormalities.

Babies

What’s that spot?

Rashes in children and babies can be caused by anything from allergies and irritation to infectious diseases. Here’s how to tell a measle from a pox.

Babies

5 baby myths busted

There are so many myths around babies that cause parents a lot of unnecessary guilt and anguish – and sometimes even extra expense.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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Babies

Products to prevent household accidents (infographic)

Household accidents can on the rare occasion cause life-long disability or even be fatal. Here’s how to make your home safe and child-proof.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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 use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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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.

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.

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.

Children up to 12

Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

School and daycares are great for socialising, learning and play, but one of the drawbacks is that infections are quickly passed around. We look at one of the most common skin infections in children: impetigo.

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?

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