Babies (up to 1 year)

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

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Babies (up to 1 year)

Mediclinic ascribes to best medical practice in innovative childcare

Best medical practice in innovative childcare recommends regular screenings to help your child build a relationship with their doctor, for life. 

Babies (up to 1 year)

A medical miracle: Cayden Pillay’s story

“From the moment we fell pregnant with Cayden, we felt he was special. We didn’t know he would become a medical miracle”

Babies (up to 1 year)

Vaccination myths busted

Whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is one of the biggest questions many parents grapple with. We bust 6 common vaccination myths below.

Babies (up to 1 year)

What was that? The impact of hearing loss

Hearing loss can affect anyone, young or old.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Step by Step: Treating clubfoot with the Ponseti Method

A growing number of orthopaedic specialists are using a new form of treatment to help children who are born with clubfoot.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern 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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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Babies (up to 1 year)

Six types of play

Playtime for under-fives isn’t just about fun. The six different types of play help your child learn essential skills in their early years.

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. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • 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.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Why does my baby’s cough sound like a bark?

Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (the bronchi) and the voice box (larynx).

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)

More about meningitis

Meningitis is the infection and inflammation of the membranes (meninges) that surround the brain. Bacterial meningitis can be fatal for babies and young children.

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