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)

Breastfeeding is good for your baby – and for you! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Breast milk is best for a baby’s health, and breastfeeding is beneficial to moms.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Diarrhoea in children: when to worry

Stomach upsets can be anything from unpleasant to distressing – but when it’s your child experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting, it can have serious consequences.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Preemie twins on the mend

Having spent the first 373 days of their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mediclinic Panorama, the Malan twins are about to turn three.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Off to the paediatrician?

Dr Okwudili Edward-Pascal Akarue, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Highveld, shares the top reasons why parents visit him.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Beach safety [INFOGRAPHIC]

The summer holidays are the perfect time to relax and have fun at the beach, but remember that accidents can happen at any time.

Use these tips to keep your family safe at the beach.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Babies (up to 1 year)

When your newborn needs special medical care

If your newborn needs special medical care, they’ll be in the safest possible hands in one of our 35 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). 

Babies (up to 1 year)

The best care for our most vulnerable patients [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mediclinic NICUs offer efficient expertise aimed at providing your newborn with the best possible start in life. How successful are we? We take a closer look.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
Babies (up to 1 year)

Does my child need a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is routine surgery that can be performed in Mediclinic’s 10 day clinics with same-day admission and discharge.

Babies (up to 1 year)

5 respiratory viruses unrelated to COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19 – but other respiratory viruses can also affect your breathing passages, causing cold and flu-like symptoms as well as shortness of breath and pneumonia.

Babies (up to 1 year)

When to worry about a child’s temperature [INFOGRAPHIC]

If your child has a fever, but is playing, eating, and behaving as usual, you may not need to do anything. If they’re restless and miserable, you need to help them feel more comfortable. We share tips on how to treat them at home… and when to seek emergency medical help.

Babies (up to 1 year)

What are febrile seizures? [INFOGRAPHIC]

It can be frightening if your child has a febrile seizure – but don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know.

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