Babies

From breastfeeding to postnatal depression, we answer frequently asked questions on having a newborn baby.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
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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.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Ear infections and antibiotics

We speak to a GP about the causes and treatment of ear infections in children – and when antibiotics are necessary.

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What parents of preemies need to know

Once a mother gives birth to a premature baby, the ensuing weeks or months can be incredibly draining. We speak to the multidisciplinary team at Mediclinic Medforum about how they support parents and optimise the in-hospital care their preemies receive.

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Mediclinic Medforum marks World Prematurity Day

As Mediclinic Medforum in Pretoria marks World Prematurity Day, we speak to the hospital’s multidisciplinary team about premature birth and the many misconceptions surrounding it.

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Late bloomers: when to worry

How can you tell if your child is a late bloomer and whether you should be concerned about a possible medical problem?

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Four signs your baby could have colic

A Mediclinic paediatrician explains how you can tell if your baby has colic, or whether there could be another underlying concern.

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