RS Virus arrived with the winter chill!

Winter arrived suddenly in Johannesburg and so did the RS virus. In the last two weeks I have seen a sudden rise in the number of small babies presenting with bronchiolitis. The cause…RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus). In most cases these little ones feel awful for between four and eight days but for others it may take as long as three …

Conquering Constipation Part 2

  Dealing with constipation in older children     Constipation in older children is different to that in babies for a number of reasons. Older children have developed certain eating habits, may be experiencing different levels of stress and anxiety and have sometimes developed negative associations with passing a stool. These factors play a significant role in the diagnosis and …

Conquering Constipation Part 1

  Part 1: Dealing with constipation in babies       Constipation is very often the topic of conversation in a paediatric consultation. It is a cause of concern for parents of children from the earliest of days and often persists into adulthood if not addressed correctly. While no one likes to discuss or describe their poop this is very …

Malaria-as a parent what should I know?

School holidays are upon us and South Africans generally head north to the warmer areas and in particular to our game parks. As an avid bush and wildlife lover I fully understand the drive to sit and watch the sunset over the Letaba River. As a paediatrician I am also acutely aware of the risk of malaria, particularly during the …

“Coughing, when should I worry?”

Paediatrics certainly presents some very difficult moments but on the upside I am dealing with children. They never fail to provide me with something to smile about each and every day. One such moment happened during a very busy winter spell. My rooms were bursting at the seams with patients, some emergencies, others that had been referred by their GP’s …

What to do about the flu vaccine?

With winter fast approaching many parents are asking “What should we do about the flu vaccine?” The flu vaccine has been around since the 1950’s and for as long as it has been around there have been questions and differing opinions on its value. From my perspective, as a paediatrician, I think it is best to consider current literature and …