Babies

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

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What parents of preemies need to know

Posted on 17 November 2016

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

Posted on 17 November 2016

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

Posted on 28 October 2016

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

Posted on 16 September 2016

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

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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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 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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Breast is best for mom too

Posted on 15 August 2016

We all know breast milk is the best option for babies, but does breastfeeding offer benefits for mothers too? We asked Erica Neser, a lactation consultant for Mediclinic Stellenbosch.

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Seven serious symptoms in babies and toddlers

Posted on 12 August 2016

For new parents, determining whether a little one is really sick or just experiencing generally harmless symptoms can be a minefield. Calling your paediatrician for any hint of a sniffle

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • 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 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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  • 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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Baby skin conditions

Posted on 13 July 2016

Soft, smooth and blemish-free baby skin is much rarer than you’d think. Dr Yolandi Visser, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Panorama, discusses common baby skin conditions and the signs that may indicate an underlying problem.

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Children + vomiting + diarrhoea = dehydration

Posted on 3 June 2016

Dr Lawrence Archer, a GP supporting Mediclinic Newcastle, says that vomiting and diarrhoea in children is the leading cause of death in children in Africa. But you can take precautions at home to ensure your kids stay hydrated until you can get them to the doctor.

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Before the baby

Posted on 9 February 2016

Having your first baby is an exciting time, but working out whose advice to take and what to stock up on can leave your head spinning. Mediclinic Infohub makes it simple, with mother of three Jacqui Commerford sharing her advice.

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New moms: To call or not to call the doctor?

Posted on 27 January 2016

It’s sometimes hard to know when to call a doctor for your new baby. Here are a few guidelines to keep the panic at bay. Jacqui Commerford shares her experience of motherhood.

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Flying with kids

Posted on 22 December 2015

Are you planning a holiday with children, and does it involve air travel? Here are some tips to make the trip easier – for you, your child and your fellow passengers!

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Toddler-proof holidays

Posted on 17 December 2015

Cross a curious toddler with a Christmas tree filled with shiny ‘toys’ and lights and you could have a recipe for disaster. So here are some tips on making sure your home is safe for your little ones during this festive period. And, if you’re visiting relatives, be aware that their homes might not be child friendly, so ask them to have a look at the list too.

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Seatbelt and car seat safety

Posted on 17 December 2015

Wearing a seatbelt saves lives – and so does putting your child in a car seat.

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Poisonous household substances

Posted on 18 September 2015

The minute little ones become mobile, monitoring what they put in their mouths becomes a full-time job for parents and caregivers. With a number of seemingly innocuous household substances potentially poisonous to your child, here’s what to look out for.

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Baby proofing 101

Posted on 7 August 2015

Bringing a new baby home is all good and well for the first few months – until they start crawling, that is. Here’s how to baby proof your home.

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‘You’re stronger than this. Fix this thing.’

Posted on 4 May 2015

Actress and mother Marisa Drummond writes a retrospective letter to her husband Christopher after their journey through postnatal depression (PND) together.

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5 ways to treat your baby’s stuffy nose

Posted on 9 April 2015

Congested nasal passages can affect your baby’s ability to feed and can also indicate oncoming illness. Here’s how to handle it…

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When to take your child to the emergency centre

Posted on 20 March 2015

It’s natural to panic when your child falls on their head but when is it actually necessary to go to the emergency room? Dr Stephan Reid, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Potchefstroom identifies warning signs exhibited by babies, toddlers and teenagers.

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Newborn know-how

Posted on 3 March 2015

For first-time parents it’s hard to know when baby behaviour indicates a problem. Dr Stephan Reid answers common questions.

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Five shocking truths about your new baby

Posted on 27 February 2015

Let us fill you in on the five shocking truths nobody ever prepares you for when you’re expecting a baby…

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Preparing your child for a new baby

Posted on 25 February 2015

When your firstborn is used to being the centre of attention, introducing a little brother or sister to the mix can be a challenge. Here’s how to best prepare your child for a new baby.

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