Topic “teenager”

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.

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.

A healthy dose of technology

Managing your health successfully can be as simple as finding the right app
Tamlyn Vincent
While technology doesn’t help with late-night feeds, cooking dinner or babysitting, it can help encourage you to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Monitoring what you eat, how often you exercise, and how much progress you’re making on your personal goals is just as simple as turning on your phone.

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.

Is your bed making you sick?

Protect-a-Bed throws back the covers on a common cause of allergies: the dust mite.
Microscopic relatives of spiders, dust mites graze on the dead skin cells of your family and pets. But just because they don’t bite to suck human blood like bed bugs do, doesn’t mean they’re harmless.

Stopping the Itch

Prevent eczema flare-ups before they become a problem
Tamlyn Vincent
Whenever my son was teething he would drool excessively, which would result in the inevitable break out of eczema.

Diabetes in children

Preventative measures and early diagnosis can help reduce the risk of children developing diabetes.
Tamlyn Vincent
Diabetes is on the rise. Diabetes SA says that, according to the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation, a person dies from diabetes complications every six seconds. Every eight seconds, two people develop diabetes. Perhaps what is more frightening is that worldwide 200 children are becoming diabetic every day.

Emotional connection

Enjoying a little face-time with your child every day may save you thousands in therapy
Lucille Kemp
Fact, one of life’s biggest challenges is taking care of another human life – but keeping them clothed and in school is one thing; ensuring that they are well-adjusted and emotionally stable, during it all, is far trickier. A child’s life is a pretty intense series of lessons, which all parents hope will foster positive growth and sound personal direction to build solid character.

Stay safe in the sun

Here are tips to keep your family safe from the sun at home and at school
Marina Zietsman
In 2013 the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducted a study that showed that more than two thirds of South African learners never use sunscreen when they’re out in the sun. The study further showed that many schools do not have a sun safety policy in place. This is alarming as substantial sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18, which makes sun protection crucial for children.
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