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

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 up to 12

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.

Children up to 12

Epilepsy surgery for children – from a neurosurgeon’s perspective

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by recurrent seizures, or convulsions that occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy South Africa estimates the condition affects one out of every 100 people in South Africa, with 75% of those experiencing their first seizure before the age of 20.

Babies

Ear Infections FAQ: 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 up to 12

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • 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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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Children up to 12

Should your children exercise when sick?

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

Babies

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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 a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
teen suicide
Children up to 12

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 up to 12

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.’

growing pains
Children up to 12

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?

Babies

Lactose intolerance in children

We speak to a dietician and paediatrician to find out more about lactose intolerance in children and whether it is advisable to cut their dairy intake.

Children up to 12

Help your child by understanding the different types of ADHD

It’s vital that parents know the difference between the three types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and that they don’t jump to conclusions when it comes to their child’s behaviour. We help you learn more about this complex condition so you can make informed decisions.

Children up to 12

Managing childhood ADHD at school

How do you know if your child has ADHD and how can you manage it at school?

Babies

What’s that spot?

Rashes in children and babies can be caused by anything from allergies and irritation to infectious diseases. Here’s how to tell a measle from a pox.

Babies

Products to prevent household accidents (infographic)

Household accidents can on the rare occasion cause life-long disability or even be fatal. Here’s how to make your home safe and child-proof.

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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