Children (1 to 12 years)

Raising a child can be tough and this section aims to lighten your load by providing expert advice from dealing with pet allergies to asthma.

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Children (1 to 12 years)

New Head Space

When Patrick Lambie announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 28, many fans were left confused: how could symptoms of concussion cut a whole career short? As Mediclinic

Babies (up to 1 year)

Everything you need to know about vaccinations

Regular vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping your child infection-free. Dr Evan Shoul, an Infectious Disease specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre Mediclinic, explains further. In the past,

Children (1 to 12 years)

Good dog: Meet Honey – the diabetes dog trained to save her master’s life

Duncan and Honey could be any other boy and his dog, playing on the beach. But she also accompanies him to school, sleepovers, even the movies “Oh wow, it’s a

Children (1 to 12 years)

Extraordinary: Parenting a child with autism

“Having your child diagnosed with Autism isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a somewhat different and special chapter.” When Claudette De Witt gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte, she

Children (1 to 12 years)

A different life: Living with cystic fibrosis

When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Nicole Capper first wanted to hide away from the world. Then she decided to fight back.  TATUM WAS BORN AT A

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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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Babies (up to 1 year)

The science and significance of sleep

Getting your newborn or toddler to sleep through the night is a goal for all new parents, but there’s much more to sleep than an unbroken night’s rest. On a

Children (1 to 12 years)

4 Simple activities that aid toddler development

Four key areas of early childhood development, and the simple activities that will keep your toddler on track.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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Babies (up to 1 year)

5 Ways to prepare your child for a sibling

Encourage healthy bonds and ease the transition from only child to older child with these intelligent ideas.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

Children (1 to 12 years)

Is ADHD a learning disability – and can it lead to other mental health issues?

How does attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder develop? Does it impact a child’s intelligence later in life? And are there any mental health conditions associated with the condition? Paediatrician Dr Hannelie Potgieter, based at Mediclinic Potchefstroom, busts a few prevalent myths.

Babies (up to 1 year)

FAQs: Ear infections – 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.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Your children on medicine: all you need to know

A sick child is every parent’s nightmare. But helping your kids develop a healthy attitude to taking medicine is the first step to ensuring a speedy recovery.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Should your children exercise when sick?

Should a little sniffle be reason enough to make them skip that tennis lesson?

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Children (1 to 12 years)

Nosebleeds: Is my child’s nosebleed serious?

Although a bleeding nose can be a scary thing for both you and your child, there’s usually no reason to worry.

Babies (up to 1 year)

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.

teen suicide
Children (1 to 12 years)

Should I worry about teen suicide?

In short, if you’re a parent, the risk of teen, or even child, suicide should always be on your radar. An alarming statistic released by the South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group shows that as many as 1 in 4 teenagers has attempted to take their own life. Here are tips from experts on how to help your teenager.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Therapy options for children with PTSD

Children and adolescents can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after exposure to a range of traumatic events,’ warns Ronel Groenewald, a counselling psychologist in private practice in Kimberley. ‘These include domestic abuse, political or community violence, violent crime, physical or sexual abuse, hijacking, car accidents and home invasion.’

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Children (1 to 12 years)

Is it growing pains, or something more sinister?

Paediatric pain could indicate that your child has a medical condition, but how can you tell growing pains from chronic or episodic pain arising from a medical condition?

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