Babies

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

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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).

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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?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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 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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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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 world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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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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Sleep and your baby

As soon as a new mother brings her baby home, she is inundated with well-meaning advice on what to do and what not to do to instill good sleeping habits. At the end of the day, as long as your baby is sleeping well – and sleeping safely – the details on whether you rock baby to sleep or which brand of baby carrier you use become less significant.

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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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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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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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