Babies

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

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Colic versus gas in babies

Is your baby constantly unsettled? How can you tell if it’s colic, gas or something more serious?

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Special delivery: options for breech babies

If your baby is not positioned head-down in your womb by 36 weeks, he or she is considered breech. Dr Ludwig van Zyl, a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains the options for delivery in this scenario.

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Do dads get depressed too?

February is Pregnancy Awareness Month. We find out from a psychologist if dads can also suffer from postnatal depression.

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How new mothers can recognise and prevent mastitis

Mastitis is the often-painful infection of the breast caused by a clogged duct in the nipple of a breastfeeding mother. Mediclinic Vergelegen gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Ludwig van Zyl, advises on prevention and treatment.

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Fevers in babies

And when to worry.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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The wonderful weirdness of becoming a mom

How eating peanut butter could make you give birth to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – and other thoroughly useless advice you’re bound to receive when you’re pregnant.

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What your baby is trying to tell you

Giggles and smiles are easy to decode – but when your baby cries, rubs his eyes or whimpers, what does it actually mean? A Mediclinic expert explains.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
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What’s inside the neonatal intensive care unit?

Premature birth presents a variety of challenges, but the good news is modern maternity wards are well-equipped to keep your preterm infant healthy and happy.

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Can dads benefit from the skin-to-skin approach?

When dads provide skin-to-skin contact – or kangaroo care – for their newborns, it not only helps tired moms. It ensures a greater bond between dad and baby too. An expert at Mediclinic Panorama explains why.

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Is kangaroo care good for your baby’s development?

Kangaroo care – or skin-to-skin contact – is a vital form of developmental care that has many benefits for newborns, especially preterm babies. A Mediclinic Cape Town expert explains how to employ this simple but highly-effective approach after delivery.

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Lactose intolerance in children

We speak to a dietician and paediatrician to find out more about lactose intolerance in children and whether it is advisable to cut their dairy intake.

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Why it’s essential to care for baby teeth

Even before they start teething, babies will benefit from meticulous dental care. Experts weigh in on what parents can do to help.

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The nutrients in breast milk (infographic)

Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the average mature breast milk, which is produced from roughly 14-20 days after birth.

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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.

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