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 …

Shaken baby syndrome: All it takes is one shake!

Countless studies have shown that the number one reason an adult shakes a baby is out of sheer frustration, when the baby just won’t stop screaming. People reading this article are probably wondering how on earth could anyone harm a tiny baby. The bottom line is that in 99% of cases, the adult never meant to shake the baby. It …

Summer lovin’

Summer lovin

December is usually a special time of the year. As South Africans, we generally take a well-earned break and head off for some quality family time. The sunshine, outdoor activities and break from routine are better for our health than any doctor’s prescription. That is, provided the kids are healthy or that we have what we need by way of …

Goodbye hay fever! How to treat your kids’ seasonal allergies

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Spring has arrived in Johannesburg. The gardens are bursting with colour and the lawns are turning green after the dry highveld winter. Unfortunately, along with all this beauty come the common signs of allergy and in particular allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. An amusing little fact is that hay fever is not caused by hay and doesn’t produce a …