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

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Can preterm births be prevented?

Pregnancy can take a scary turn when preterm birth becomes a possibility. Three Mediclinic experts weigh in.

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Prematurity: The difference a week makes

Preterm birth can be a scary reality for some parents in South Africa. “Any infant born before 37 weeks’ gestation is described as preterm,” explains Dr Samantha O’Ryan, a neonatologist at Mediclinic Panorama.

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What’s in your breast milk?

We’ve heard it time and again, “breast is best”, but what exactly does breast milk contain that makes it so good for your baby?

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Your Body on Breastfeeding: health benefits for mom

Most mothers are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for their baby but they don’t realise there are benefits for them too.

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How Mediclinic doctors help your preemie

Not all babies born prematurely will have complications, but those born under 28 weeks, are at greater risk. Dr Aziza van der Schyff, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains how preterm babies are cared for at a Mediclinic Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Ear Infections FAQ: how common are they, how are they treated, will antibiotics help?

Ear infections are a bacterial complication that can affect anyone but children are more prone as their resistance to infection is still underdeveloped. An ENT explains what to look out for and why chronic, untreated infections are something to be concerned about.

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How important is crawling to your baby’s physical and cognitive development?

It’s their first taste of independence and mobility and one of the more exciting milestones your baby will achieve. But crawling is also a very important milestone in terms of cognitive and physical development.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 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 ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

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Sleep time: what’s happening in your baby’s brain? [Video]

This may look like a nap but there’s something going on in your baby’s brain that is probably as critical to your baby’s development as good nutrition.

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Why autistic girls are often undiagnosed

Ongoing research suggests that girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to camouflage their symptoms than boys. This means they are not being accurately diagnosed – and are not getting the help they need.

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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.

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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.

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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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