paediatrics

  • Help your child by understanding the different types of ADHD

    Children up to 12

    Posted on 30 August 2017

    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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  • Bed-wetting explained

    Children up to 12

    Posted on 4 May 2017

    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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  • Three things you should know about rotavirus

    Babies

    Posted on 28 April 2017

    Rotavirus is highly contagious and a common cause of infectious diarrhoea in developing countries. Since children younger than three are most affected, a Mediclinic paediatrician sheds light on the condition.

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  • Choosing a safe car seat

    Babies

    Posted on 26 April 2017

    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.

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  • Ringworm: what you need to know

    Children up to 12

    Posted on 20 March 2017

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

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  • Shingles: an unwelcome encore

    Conditions

    Posted on 19 March 2017

    When Shakira Roberts went to her doctor with ‘insect bites’, to her surprise he diagnosed shingles, a condition she’d never heard of before.

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  • Impetigo: the most common skin infection at school

    Children up to 12

    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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  • Allergy testing explained

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 6 March 2017

    Statistics suggest that approximately one out of every seven children is prone to some sort of non-seasonal allergy – and this figure increases if there is a family history of allergies. Adverse reactions to foods, medications, pets, dust and pollen are on the rise, which is why proper allergy testing is critical – and could be lifesaving.

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  • 5 smart tips to improve concentration

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 14 February 2017

    Some people concentrate more easily than others. But if you – or your child – struggle to concentrate, you can learn a few strategies to improve your focus.

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  • First 7 days with baby

    Babies

    Posted on 13 February 2017

    This infographic gives pregnant couples an idea of what to expect for their first 7 days with a new baby.

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  • Tips towards raising a secure child

    Babies

    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?

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  • Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

    Babies

    Posted on 8 February 2017

    A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

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  • Peanut allergies in children

    Babies

    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

    Babies

    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.

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  • Ear infections and antibiotics

    Babies

    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

    Children up to 12

    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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  • Common childhood illnesses in adults

    Conditions

    Posted on 19 December 2016

    Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

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  • Looking forward to a bright future

    Children up to 12

    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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  • Four signs your baby could have colic

    Babies

    Posted on 16 September 2016

    A Mediclinic paediatrician explains how you can tell if your baby has colic, or whether there could be another underlying concern.

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  • Living with childhood leukaemia

    Home slider

    Posted on 15 September 2016

    Kathy Singery, the mother of 14-year-old Daniel who was recently diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), shares the family’s coping strategies and reflects on the lessons they’ve learnt on their journey so far.

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  • Breast is best for mom too

    Babies

    Posted on 15 August 2016

    We all know breast milk is the best option for babies, but does breastfeeding offer benefits for mothers too? We asked Erica Neser, a lactation consultant for Mediclinic Stellenbosch.

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