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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Children up to 12

Children and diets

Childhood obesity is on the rise – but should children ever be put on a diet? Our expert has the answer.

Children up to 12

Brain food for kids

Which foods and healthy habits are really the best for growing brain function and development? We speak to a GP specialising in family medicine to find out.

Children up to 12

Bed-wetting explained

Bed-wetting (enuresis) may not be a particularly harmful or life-threatening situation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious or traumatic one for those affected.

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Choosing a safe car seat

We look at the safest car seats for your baby or child, from rear-facing to reclining options and include information on installation options like ISOFIX.

Children up to 12

Ringworm: what you need to know

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Children up to 12

Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

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.

Children up to 12

Does your child need spectacles?

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?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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 monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Tips towards raising a secure child

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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Peanut allergies in children

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

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.

Children up to 12

Insomnia in children

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.

Children up to 12

8 ways to prepare
your child for a new school

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

Children up to 12

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

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

Children up to 12

5 lunchboxes for the week

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

How can you tell if your child is a late bloomer and whether you should be concerned about a possible medical problem?

Children up to 12

When a child benefits from occupational therapy

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.

Children up to 12

Looking forward to a bright future

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

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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