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

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 up to 12

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 up to 12

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

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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 up to 12

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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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 found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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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 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. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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.

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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

Should your children exercise when sick?

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

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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.

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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.’

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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?

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The wonderful weirdness of becoming a mom

How eating peanut butter could make you give birth to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – and other thoroughly useless advice you’re bound to receive when you’re pregnant.

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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.

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