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

Hay fever

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 …

The value of exercise

As a paediatrician, I am disturbed by the new terms being used in reference to young children. These include such things as digital dementia, tech fatigue and blue light damage. While I fully understand that digital media is here to stay and is a necessary part of a modern child’s life, I cannot ignore the negative impact it is having …

Diabetes-What every parent should know

Diabetes is a disease which currently affects over 350 million people worldwide. It is estimated that 70 000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in children under the age of fifteen every year. Statistics like this cannot be ignored since diabetes causes serious damage to the body. Nerve and blood vessel damage affects vital organs such as the kidneys, heart and …

Breastfeeding and breast cancer, know the benefits for mum

    October is breast cancer awareness month so I thought it apt to talk about breastfeeding and its benefit to the mother as well as the child. The paediatric unit at the Chris Hani Baragwaneth hospital, where I did my training was aptly known as the “Mother and Child unit”. It goes without saying that for there to be …