What to do about discipline?

Child discipline

By nine months of age your baby has started to explore its world. There are so many exciting new experiences all around and at the same time some dangers. It is at this point, when baby begins crawling and later walking, that parents find themselves repeatedly saying “no!” or running to prevent some kind of injury or catastrophe.  Discipline now …

ADHD in a nutshell

  Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity refers to a disorder where the individual is unable to regulate his or her own behaviour. There are a number of features which are common to this disorder which make learning and normal behaviour extremely difficult. It is a condition which impacts the child, family and teachers. Typically these children will experience negative reactions …

Baby eczema: the causes, symptoms and treatments

With the first cold snap we all reach for our winter woollies, cosy socks and warm vests. Unfortunately for many children, winter also means painful, itchy, dry and cracked skin. The medical term is atopic dermatitis or eczema. For some children this bothersome skin condition is present all year round but major flare-ups happen more frequently in winter.   Children …

Food allergies- the things parents want to know

Solid food is introduced to a baby between 17 weeks and 6 months of age. It is at this stage that parents do raise concerns about food allergies. This is particularly stressful if there is a family history of food allergies. Understanding what causes food allergies, what the symptoms are and how best to deal with a reaction is vital …

Coronavirus & children: Our paediatrician answers your questions

We know some of the basic steps to help keep our families safe from COVID-19: handwashing, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, social distancing, no touching faces, and wearing a face mask, but there are other questions concerned parents are asking. We asked our expert paediatrician, Dr Enrico Maraschin, to help clear up some of the general confusion around children …

Top tips to bring down your child’s fever

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Temperature is the body’s natural response to an infection. The infection may either be viral or bacterial. Children may also develop a temperature after vaccinations or as a result of trauma. When a child has a high temperature, it can be extremely distressing to parents and certainly makes the child listless and miserable. Knowing how to control your child’s temperature …

What is meningitis & how you can protect your child

I have given my talk on vaccinations on a number of occasions. One of the points I used to make was that “we are living in a kind of a post-apocalyptic world. The devastating effects of many diseases are not evident in society, so the fear surrounding certain vaccine-preventable diseases is far removed from our minds”.   The health of …

Coronavirus Facts and hotline

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HOTLINE  0800 029 999 For any queries go onto the Medi-Clinic website. RISK ASSESSMENT – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WHEN/WHO SHOULD BE TESTED? YOU CAN ONLY GET TESTED WHEN YOU MEET ALL THE CRITERIA AND WHEN A DOCTOR HAS ASSESSED YOU Get tested when this happens There are clear testing guidelines from the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Communicable …

Immune System… the Guardian Angel

Suggestions by Registered Dietitian Zhan Otto With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in South Africa and the approaching flu season, we asked Zhan to give us some advice. Zhan, explains the beneficial effects that your diet has on your immune system and how you can maximize this. About Zhan: Zhan is a registered dietitian, in private practice for almost 18years, …

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Burning questions discussed

At the moment Coronavirus pops up in most conversations at social events or during a consultation with patients. We are all naturally very concerned about the possibility of a pandemic and how to best protect our families. Having said this I am sitting in front of my PC, trying to decide if this is a topic I feel I should …