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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
September 22, 2020

Home emergencies – how to handle a fever

It's 3am and your 2 year old, who has been restless all night, wakes up howling. Her skin feels as though it’s burning up, so you grab your thermometer, and her temperature is 39 degrees. What do you do?
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Child HealthParenting
May 13, 2019

Does your child have meningitis? Know the danger signs

Spotting meningitis can be tricky, and it can be easy for your little one to develop it without you knowing. By getting to know the signs and symptoms, you can ensure your child gets the right treatment before it becomes serious.
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Infections
April 8, 2019

Do you have a viral rash?

A viral rash is, as its name suggests, caused by a virus. Like viral infections, viral rashes mostly affect toddlers and children. They generally look like splotches, red spots or raised bumps, but this can change, depending on the type of rash.
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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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Pregnancy
October 27, 2017

The 10 pregnancy symptoms you should not ignore

No matter how much you have read up on pregnancy, or how much advice you get from other pregnant moms, there may still be times when you worry about certain feelings and symptoms. But how do you know what’s “normal”, or when it’s time to see a doctor? Here are the main pregnancy symptoms that should set off alarm bells. If you experience any of these, call your doctor right away. 1. Pain in the lower belly  Severe pain on either or both sides of your lower belly needs investigating. While you could have stretched a ligament, which is common…
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Colds
October 27, 2017

When does flu become dangerous?

Are you prepared for the flu season? Find out what you should watch out for, and whether you’re at risk for complications. What is Flu? Influenza (flu) is a viral disease that develop very quickly, spreading through your upper respiratory tract and sometimes progressing to your lungs. It’s highly contagious and it’s spread through airborne water droplets (when someone coughs or sneezes) or through close contact with an infected person. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Flu? General flu symptoms include a fever sore throat headache muscle pain stuffy nose cough body discomfort Certain, more severe strains of flu…
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HygieneInfections
January 8, 2017

Typhoid outbreak – what you need to know

There has been a recent warning that South Africans could face a Typhoid outbreak after the summer holidays. Hospitals and healthcare centers have been notified to be on high alert, since the Typhoid infections that started in Zimbabwe, could spread here when holiday-goers come back after their holidays. via GIPHY What is Typhoid fever? Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria (Salmonella Typhi). It spreads easily through food and water contaminated by sewerage. You can also get it from someone who has the infection. It's quite common in overcrowded areas with overcrowding & poor sanitation. How do you…
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Infections
April 7, 2016

UPDATE: what’s up with Zika?

By Grant Wood #Zika – do you remember when that hashtag was trending on Twitter and other social media platforms? Well, it hasn’t died out; it’s still a threat. Here’s an update. (more…)
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Infections
January 29, 2016

Zika virus may infect up to 4 million people!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com Zika is spreading! Don’t fall pregnant in a #Zika zone! Zika spread to the US! Every day there’s a new batch of headlines about a mosquito-borne virus that most people have never even heard of. Well, here's what we know now: (more…)
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