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Child DevelopmentParenting
April 8, 2019

Could your baby have Hirsprung’s Disease?

Hirschsprung’s disease is a condition where the large intestine makes it difficult for stool to pass through it. It’s usually found in babies and is present at birth. Between the fourth and twelfth week of pregnancy, the foetus develops nerve cells in the digestive tract. When these cells don’t grow sufficiently past a specific point in the intestine, digested food and stool can’t move through that part of it. After this happens, Hirschsprung’s Disease develops, and your baby becomes constantly constipated and unable to have normal bowel movements. This condition is found in approximately one in five thousand births. Males…
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Child HealthParenting
March 20, 2019

My child is choking! What do I do?!

Kids are always on an adventure of self-discovery, experimenting with everything in their path. But what happens when the adventure turns into a nightmare, and your child starts choking?
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Child DevelopmentParenting
January 23, 2019

Does your child have Electronic Screen Syndrome?

Believe it or not, a child’s nervous system can become overstimulated by regular screen exposure that comes from cell phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices. These devices can cause chronic stress on the brain, which may result in various different learning and behavioural disorders. Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS) is considered an unrecognised modern-day disorder. The interaction with screens can shift the nervous system into fight-or-flight mode, which causes dysregulation and disorganisation of different biological systems. Once in this state, your child’s mood, behaviour, and focus can be affected. ESS isn’t limited to teenagers obsessed with digital devices; toddlers can…
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Child HealthParenting
January 23, 2019

Teach your child to love vegetables

Vegetables are incredible. They’re high in fibre and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. To a child though, they’re usually seen as “yucky green stuff” that should be avoided at all costs! Getting your child to eat vegetables is frustrating and may seem like an impossible task but understanding why they don’t like vegetables can help. Why do kids hate veggies? Quick bursts Children are generally more active than adults and so, need more energy. Foods high in sugar glucose are the body’s preferred sources of energy, which means they’d rather reach for sweet treats than nutritionally-dense veggies. What’s more;…
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Child HealthParenting
November 30, 2018

Vaccines: declaring chemical warfare on diseases

Every day our bodies fight off germs, viruses, and other microbes that, if left unchecked, would keep us in a constant state of illness. But there are times and certain diseases that slip past these natural defences. That’s where vaccines come in. What are vaccines?  There are several different types of vaccines but they all act in the same way: by “teaching” your body how to fight off a specific germ. Vaccines are weakened or dead forms of diseases that, when injected, start a series of biological reactions that build our immunity against the specific germ they contain. Vaccines are…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 22, 2018

10 Tips to keep your kids happy this holiday

Kids look forward to the holidays all year long. Amid all the fun and merriment, keep their brains exercised and engaged. Here are a few ways to prevent the summer brain drain. 1. Switch off the TV and go live This holiday, give the television a break too. Instead, take your kids to watch theatre shows or outdoor concerts. Live shows teach children the value of audience participation and boost their confidence. Introducing them to different forms of storytelling (other than movies) is also good for their cognitive development. 2. Get out! Encourage your kids to play outside. Set up…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

Can I fall pregnant if I have diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition and once you’ve been diagnosed with it, you need to take care of your health by monitoring and keeping your sugar levels in check. These checks become more important and necessary when you’re pregnant, as your body goes through a lot of changes. Yes, you can fall pregnant if you have diabetes, but managing your condition becomes important for your own health and the health of your baby. How will diabetes affect your pregnancy? Poorly controlled diabetes increases the chances of having a big baby, weighing of more than four kilograms (a larger-than-average newborn). This…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

I’m pregnant! Now, what do I do?

Lately, your breasts feel tender, you can’t seem to keep your favourite foods down. When last did you get your period? Oh… With a few home pregnancy tests done and dusted, you guessed it, you’re pregnant! But what should you do now? Confirm your pregnancy Before shouting about your baby bump, confirm your pregnancy. Dr Philip Zinn, a Cape Town obstetrician and gynaecologist recommends a urine test. A positive urine test should be enough to confirm that you’re pregnant. If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor about a blood test. Let the countdown begin! Once your pregnancy is…
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Parenting
October 8, 2018

Can you treat your child’s epilepsy with a ketogenic diet?

Children with epilepsy have repeated seizures. These are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This condition is usually treated with medicines. But if medicines can’t control the seizures, a special diet like a ketogenic programme might help. A ketogenic (or keto) diet is high-fat and low-carbohydrate. There is evidence to suggest that a diet like this may help to reduce seizures. The science The diet is very high in fat, and very low in carbohydrates, yet does still include sufficient protein to support normal growth and development in your child. According to the University of Rochester Medical Centre,…
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Child HealthParenting
October 8, 2018

Common breastfeeding questions, answered

How soon should your baby start feeding? Is it normal for latching to be so painful? How often should you breastfeed? Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to all new mothers. Here’s what you need to know to breastfeed with confidence. 1. How soon should you start breastfeeding your baby? Having your baby latch onto your breast within the first hour of giving birth is strongly recommended. This is because your baby is most alert in those first few hours and the latching reflex is also at its strongest. Breastfeeding soon after birth has several other benefits: The skin-on-skin contact helps create…
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