Breastfeeding Failure

Why did my breast milk dry up? “I can’t breastfeed my baby and I feel guilty” Most women hope to feed their newborn child for the first few months of life, but unfortunately not all women succeed. The most common reason for failure is emotional or physical stress. The harder…

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Breast Milk

How to increase breast milk? Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, and can be used alone up to three months of age. It is cheap, easily digested, results in minimal faeces production, protects against numerous infections (eg. gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis) and is conveniently packaged for immediate use without any…

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Bonding between mother and baby

How babies get attached to Mom? Effective bonding between a mother and her baby is critical form the well-being of both. If an infant is deprived of maternal care, although fed and kept comfortable, it will develop slowly in all areas including physical, intellectual and emotional. Such infants are small…

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Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, occurs as a result of mishandling of a baby. Babies have larger heads proportional to their bodies than adults, and have weaker neck muscles. Their skull is also thinner compared to a fully formed adult skull. If a baby is picked up and…

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Witch’s Milk

What is Witch’s Milk? How does Witch’s Milk happen to a baby? Babies of both sexes sometimes produce milk from their nipples in the first few weeks of their life. Witch’s milk is the rather off-putting term used for this rather common problem. Babies can be influenced by the hormones…

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Weaning

“How to wean a toddler?” “How to wean a baby?” When to wean a baby? Weaning is the process of transitioning a baby from liquids to solid foods. When weaning is desired, it is best done gradually over several weeks, with one breastfeed at a time being stopped in favour…

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When To Take A Child To The Doctor

Mothers are often thought to be over-reacting when it concerns the health of their children. So how do you know when to take a child to the doctor? The signs that indicate that a doctor should be consulted include: Fever a child with a fever over 41°C requires immediate medical…

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Viral Meningitis

What is viral meningitis? Viral meningitis is a relatively condition that may be caught by close contact with someone who has a viral infection, or it may be a complication of diseases such as mumps, glandular fever and Herpes. What are the symptoms of viral meningitis? It causes a fever, headache,…

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Vaccination

Vaccination is the process in which a substance (antigen) is injected, swallowed or otherwise taken into the body in order to trigger a reaction in the immune system. This reaction the production of proteins (immunoglobulins) known as antibodies. A very small number of the antibodies against a particular antigen remain in…

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Vaccination Of Children

Unless there are very good medical grounds not to vaccinate, all children should receive the full course of injections to protect them against tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria; the HiB vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae B infections; the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; hepatitis B vaccine; and the Sabin vaccine by…

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