Topic “toddler & preschooler”

Q&A: your health questions answered

Some common health concerns explained.
Child magazine
Why does my child always wet her bed?
Bedwetting is a form of enuresis, or loss of bladder control. Trish Holgate, a social worker who specialises in counselling children, says: “A child under the age of about four years who is wetting their bed should really not be considered enuretic.

Allergies in children

Understanding, diagnosing and treating allergies in children.
Child magazine
There has been a dramatic rise in allergic diseases both in South Africa and globally in recent years; so much so that we are finding ourselves in the midst of what we might call an “allergy epidemic” today.

beat the winter sniffles

Here’s how to up your chances of winning against colds and flu this winter
Child magazine
This is the time of year when cold and flu germs seem to lurk around every corner, ready to pounce. Both colds and flu are airborne viruses, but colds generally cause a runny nose, sore throat and sneezing, while the flu is more likely to affect the whole body, causing fever, aches and headaches. Both are spread when someone comes into contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing, or with saliva, says Johannesburg GP Dr Bibi Aysha Makda.

play with your food

Looking for a way to encourage your children to eat healthy food? Let them play with their food. The creative ideas below are from Sam Scarborough's book Fun Foods: Healthy Meals for Kids.
Child magazine
Sandwich pictures


Vaccination FAQs

Answers to your vaccination questions
New parents (and more experienced ones) all worry that they’re doing the right thing. Even when you think you know the answer, you may start to doubt your logic or reasoning. So when it comes to vaccinations, we get a lot of questions.

Sun and water safety

Ensure your family stays safe while enjoying the summer sun with these handy tips
South Africans love sunshine – we get plenty of it, after all. In the heat of summer, families hit the beaches, pools and garden sprinklers in their numbers. It’s up to us to ensure our children are adequately protected from the cancer risks of the African sun and from the dangers of drowning.

Be prepared – first aid essentials

Don't let your holiday be ruined by illness or an accident - carry a well-stocked first aid kit
Tamlyn Vincent
Everyone’s excited! The bags are packed and you’ll soon be leaving for your family holiday. But don’t forget the first aid kit. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying local, or flying across the world – accidents happen. When they do, you’ll reach for your first aid kit, so it needs to be packed with the essentials.

Dental trauma: What parents need to know

A knock to the face may not always cause visible damage, but this doesn't mean it should be ignored
While most parents are all too familiar with the everyday slips, falls and scraped knees that go hand-in-hand with their children’s playtime, it is often difficult to determine whether an injury warrants actual medical attention, particularly when the damage isn’t always obvious, as some dental trauma injuries can be.

Fit for the whole family

If exercise has become a chore, it’s time to think out of the box
Tamlyn Vincent
Some people love it and for others it somehow always manages to fall to the bottom of the to-do list, but exercise is an important part of life. The physical benefits aside, regular exercise helps with brain development and functionality, says Simon McQueen, who runs an extramural movement programme in Cape Town.

Germ-free classrooms

Schools and parents can help reduce the spread of cold and flu viruses in the classroom
Tamlyn Vincent
School’s back, but so are the germs. You may have had a sickness-free holiday, but with the start of school, the germs will spread, and coughs and sniffles will be making a comeback. This is also likely to mean sick days and missed work.
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