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Child Health

Child HealthParenting
August 29, 2017

From the dietician: how to help your child gain weight

Your child is smaller than his friends. He’s not putting on weight as he should, and it’s beginning to worry you now. With the help of Kerryn Gibson, a dietician based in Durban, and Bridget Surtees, a dietician from Cape Town, we look at why this is happening and how you can sort it out. Undernutrition The primary cause of growth failure in children is undernutrition. This means not getting enough energy and nutrients to grow and maintain good health. Undernutrition can be caused by: Not enough nutrients. When children aren’t given the right types of foods to eat or are…
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Child HealthParenting
July 3, 2017

“Help! My child got injured!”

It’s the law of parenting: Your child is playing and you take your eyes off him for two seconds to answer your phone. Like clockwork; he falls, trips, bangs his hand against the wall and all hell breaks loose. With children around, “oops” moments’ happen frequently and often, in the blink of an eye. It’s perfectly normal and happens to most parents. Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive, and this curiosity often sends them flying off the rails, or diving into a bush. Here’s a guide to treating those cuts and bruises, because we all know – they are inevitable!…
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Child HealthParenting
January 6, 2017

Prevent peanut allergies in your baby

Want to hear something nuts? Peanut allergies kill more people than any other food allergy. Even the smallest trace of peanuts, slipped into your restaurant order or snack, can be fatal for someone who is allergic. Your throat swells up, you find it difficult to breathe... it's truly an awful experience. But science has found a way to prevent this. The answer? Fight fire with fire, or rather, peanuts with peanuts. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
September 2, 2016

Dealing with acid reflux and colic in your baby

When your little one is screaming and vomiting after most feeds, you’re bound to feel frazzled, helpless and exhausted! Fortunately, most babies outgrow colic by 4 months and reflux by 18 months. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
July 26, 2016

Have you heard of slapped cheek syndrome?

No – it isn’t what you think it is! Slapped Cheek Syndrome is a virus that mostly affects children and gets its name from the bright red rash that develops on both cheeks. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
February 5, 2016

This shot will save your child’s life!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com The measles vaccine doesn’t just stop measles! Why do child death-rates drop when children get vaccinated for measles? A team of researchers did some detecting. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
November 15, 2015

My baby has eczema!

Does your little one get scaly, red skin patches? It may be eczema. Babies often get eczema from around two months of age; it shows up as patches of dry, red and itchy skin behind the ears or on the face, and in the creases of the elbows, neck, and knees. The good news: most children outgrow eczema. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
November 8, 2015

How to treat your child’s nosebleed

“MOM – my nose is bleeding!” Nosebleeds are common in children between the ages of 3 and 10 years old. Most bleeds are caused by dry air. Heated indoor air or a dry climate dries out and irritates nasal membranes, causing crusts that may itch and then bleed when scratched or picked. Colds can also irritate the lining of the nose, with bleeding following repeated nose-blowing. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
October 25, 2015

My baby has an ear infection – again!

Is your baby restless, irritable and pulling at her ear? She’s more than likely suffering from an ear infection – a common complaint in young children between the ages of 6 and 18 months. (more…)
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Child HealthParenting
August 17, 2015

The causes of bedwetting

While bedwetting can be a worry and frustrating for parents, it's common for small children to accidentally wet the bed during the night. Most of the time, the condition resolves itself, and medical treatments aren't usually recommended for children under the age of five. While there are some medical conditions that can cause a child to wet the bed, most experts believe that there may be more than one underlying cause. (more…)
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