Children up to 12

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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Ringworm: what you need to know

Posted on 20 March 2017

We look at this common fungal skin infection and how to treat it.

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Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

Posted on 14 March 2017

School and daycares are great for socialising, learning and play, but one of the drawbacks is that infections are quickly passed around. We look at one of the most common skin infections in children: impetigo.

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Does your child need spectacles?

Posted on 15 February 2017

A 2003 study concluded that 3% of children up to the age of 13 suffer from some sort of eyesight limitation, increasing threefold by their mid-teens. Could your child be one of them?

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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?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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 world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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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.

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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.

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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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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.

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Insomnia in children

Posted on 6 February 2017

A GP explains it’s the lack of sleep-encouraging behaviour, rather than an underlying disease, that usually causes insomnia in children. The good news? Knowing this makes it easier to treat.

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8 ways to prepare
your child for a new school

Posted on 12 January 2017

An educational psychologist offers advice to parents to help learners start a new school on a positive note.

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‘Cutting out junk food improved my son’s ADHD’

Posted on 19 December 2016

Brandy Massam found that changing her son’s diet improved his school performance and behaviour almost immediately.

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5 school lunchboxes for the week

Posted on 12 December 2016

Packing food for picky eaters to take to school can be tricky. But mix a bit of forward planning with a smart grocery list and you have the ingredients for a good lunch.

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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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When a child benefits from occupational therapy

Posted on 7 October 2016

Occupational therapy (OT) is a multi-disciplinary practice spanning a broad spectrum of areas and age groups. However, OT can be especially beneficial for certain children, explains occupational therapist Gaya-Unnisa Ahmed of Mediclinic Newcastle.

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Looking forward to a bright future

Posted on 19 September 2016

Until it struck her baby boy, Mpilo, cancer was a completely foreign concept to actress, TV presenter and entrepreneur Phumeza Mdabe.

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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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Your child and rheumatic heart disease

Posted on 5 August 2016

While it’s not often seen in private practice, rheumatic heart disease is one of the most commonly acquired childhood heart diseases around the world, affecting about 325 000 children each year.

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Why kids’ bones bend before they break

Posted on 8 July 2016

Have you ever thought that small children tend to bounce back from injuries more quickly than grown-ups? You’re right, they do – and the reason for that lies in their bones.

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Educational apps for kids

Posted on 21 June 2016

When their usage is monitored and limited, smartphones and tablets can be beneficial to your children – especially if they’re exploring educational apps.

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Chester Williams on raising twins

Posted on 10 June 2016

As a Springbok rugby player Chester Williams used his strength, agility and mental fortitude to become one of South Africa’s World Cup-winning heroes. He needed those attributes again when he and his wife, Maria, had twins.

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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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Hand hygiene for kids

Posted on 5 May 2016

Healthy habits are best learnt when you’re young. One of the most important, life-saving habits you’ll ever learn is how to wash your hands properly, keeping you safe from germs. A Mediclinic paediatrician talks us through the why, when and how of keeping your hands clean.

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