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Child HealthParenting
March 7, 2018

How to raise allergy-free kids

Convincing your child to eat their broccoli is hard enough, and it’s only worse if they have food-allergies! A food allergy occurs when the immune system falsely communicates that a certain protein in a food is harmful. Once you have an allergy, an allergic reaction happens every time you eat that specific food. A baby’s chance of developing an allergy is increased if his siblings have also been diagnosed with an allergic condition like eczema, asthma, hay fever or a food allergy. How does it work? Food allergies are developed when a protein called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and a mast…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
March 2, 2018

Feed your baby’s brain

Your baby might not be able to read yet, but you can improve his brain development during feeding time. Babies are especially vulnerable while they’re growing and developing, so it’s important to include the right foods in his diet. No one single food will give your child all the right nutrition and vitamins, so make sure to give them a variety of fresh foods. Good to know Before you get started with solid foods, keep in mind: Talk to your doctor before introducing a new food into your baby’s diet as there may be possible allergies. Babies are usually ready…
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Child HealthParenting
December 8, 2017

Help for a colicky baby

The minute your little one starts crying you immediately respond by checking whether he’s hot, cold, hungry or in need of a nappy change. But what if it’s none of the above?! A baby that doesn’t respond to soothing, can be very stressful! But thanks to Dr. Morris Wessel, we now have a name for it: colic. Why is your baby screaming? If your baby’s cry sounds different to normal, is sharper and more piercing – it may be colic-related. We often think the crying is coming from pain like an upset tummy, but colic pain is from the colon.…
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Child HealthParenting
December 8, 2017

How to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth disease

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a common contagious, viral illness that often affects infants and children, although it’s possible for older children and adults to contract it too. Don’t confuse HFMD with that similar-sounding disease that affects animals though! What causes HFMD? HFMD is a viral infection that’s brought on by the Coxsackie A16 virus. Although a different, related virus called Enterovirus 71 can also cause HFMD, it’s highly unlikely that there are other strains of viruses that will cause the same symptoms. The virus is highly contagious and can spread directly via saliva drops or bodily fluids,…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
November 13, 2017

Why is my baby not talking yet?

Whether your baby is hungry, tired, ill, or even throwing a tantrum; crying lets you know she’s communicating - loudly! But what happens when all is silent? Should you worry? Not necessarily. The late talkers Don’t stress. All babies develop at their own pace. For some, speaking comes at the tail-end, while others start babbling sooner than expected. Soon enough your baby should be able to express herself with gibberish. Experts say that if by 18 months your little one isn’t chatting yet, then you can check in with your paediatrician to look for solutions. Boys typically tend to develop language…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 31, 2017

Could changing the way we manage autism help curb the “epidemic?”

It’s hard to put a number on exactly how many children in South Africa are affected by autism, but it’s fair to say that that number is high, and its growing. For example, in the Western Cape alone, up to 10 children a week are diagnosed with the condition. Over the years, autism has gathered some bad press, especially when it comes to what causes it. Traditionally believed to be caused by poor parenting and then by vaccinations (it’s not!), the “unknown" element of the condition has created a negative stigma against those who suffer from it. It’s an area…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 31, 2017

How best to handle a temper tantrums

Its every parent’s worst nightmare: the temper tantrum. It could be in the middle of the shopping centre when your child realises that the models in the windows aren’t real, at a friend’s house when they figure out that they can’t fly, or at home when you give them their peanut butter sarmie cut into squares and not triangles. Regardless of where you are, or what it’s about, dealing with a tantrum is not for the faint hearted. Tantrums are normal… at any age Tantrums are, unfortunately, a normal part of childhood. They occur most frequently amongst 1 to 4…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 31, 2017

Communicate with your baby without talking

Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if your baby could just tell you what was wrong?  Hearing your baby cry and not knowing why can be distressing. Most often, it can leave you feeling completely helpless. Figuring out what your baby wants, often comes down to a process of elimination: Is their nappy full, is it nap time, are they too hot, or could they be hungry? Well, now you can learn to communicate with your baby. Replacing crying with communication Sign language has been used for years to assist those with hearing difficulties to communicate. In the late 1980’s, a doctor who…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 24, 2017

Watch out for toxic toys

Kids usually want everything they see in stores. And whether it's their birthday, Christmas or just the fact that the neighbour's child has one - our little ones can become very persuasive to get what they want! Before you give in to their pleas, though, make sure you're not purchasing something that could be dangerous to your little one's health! According to Safe Kids Worldwide a non-profit organisation, each year throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury. Almost every one of them was preventable. Toys are meant to be fun, but if your child needs to…
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Parenting
September 27, 2017

10 Easy ways to stay fit as a family

Between the demands of school, work, and extramural activities, who has the time to exercise as a family? But an active lifestyle is necessary for you and your kids. We’ve found a few ways you can incorporate fitness into your family’s routine. Make weekends active Find a physical activity that the whole family enjoys, even if it’s just a relaxing stroll on the beach. Make an effort to set aside at least an hour over the weekends to get active. Sign up for a Park Run in your area, or go for walks or hikes on your local routes. You can…
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