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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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?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • 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 triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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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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Road tripping with kids

Posted on 14 April 2016

Driving with kids adds a whole new dimension to your holiday. We ask the experts for safe travelling tips. While the soundtrack to your road trip is more likely to

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Down’s syndrome: the health risks

Posted on 23 March 2016

People who have Down’s syndrome tend to be at a higher risk of developing certain medical issues. We spoke to a Mediclinic paediatrician to find out what these are.

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Sleep strategies

Posted on 15 March 2016

Sleep difficulties can be hard to handle no matter how old your child is. Dr Heidi Ackermann, a paediatrician at Mediclinic George offers tips for safe co-sleeping and for handling night terrors.

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The great bed-sharing debate

Posted on 8 March 2016

Some swear by it, others wouldn’t dream of it. Sharing a bed with the baby or kids has long been a contentious issue. Paediatricians and parents weigh in on the

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Tips to protect your hearing

Posted on 3 March 2016

According to World Health Organization researchers, about a third of people older than 65 are affected by disabling hearing loss. But if you think it’s only seniors who have to worry about hearing loss or deafness, think again.

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Preparing your child for preschool

Posted on 7 January 2016

Sending your little one to preschool for the first time is a major change, both for parents and their children. Here’s how to make sure you’re all prepared.

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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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