Babies

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

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First 7 days with baby

Posted on 13 February 2017

This infographic gives pregnant couples an idea of what to expect for their first 7 days with a new baby.

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Tips towards raising a secure child

Posted on 8 February 2017

For healthy eyes, we feed our children carrots. For strength, we sneak spinach into their dinners. But what soul food do we serve up for confidence?

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Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

Posted on 8 February 2017

A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

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Peanut allergies in children

Posted on 8 February 2017

Generally, children younger than five years old should steer clear of nuts because they pose a choking hazard, but nuts – and peanuts in particular – can pose a real danger for those with allergies, especially when ingested unknowingly as pastes, butters or oils concealed in other foods.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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 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.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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How to treat common bites and stings

Posted on 8 February 2017

Bees, wasps, scorpions, hornets and spiders can pose a risk, particularly to young children. Here’s what you need to know about common bites and stings.

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Ear infections and antibiotics

Posted on 6 February 2017

We speak to a GP about the causes and treatment of ear infections in children – and when antibiotics are necessary.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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.

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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

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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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