Before I started specialising I worked in a family medicine practice and saw mostly children. When the complaints were “fever, crying, runny nose, lack of appetite” I was almost relieved when I saw a red eardrum because I had something to blame for the symptoms that I could treat! But is it always necessary to … Continue reading Middle Ear Infections
When babies and toddlers fiddle and pull on their ears we often wonder if they have ear pain. As a doctor-mom I have the advantage of having access to an otoscope and can take a peek to ensure there are no problems. Babies can fiddle with their ears as part of discovering their body-parts, as … Continue reading Ear pain in children
Iron deficiency anaemia occurs when the iron stores are so empty that there is not enough iron to make proper new red blood cells. The new red blood cells are thus fewer, smaller and paler and cannot carry oxygen effectively. Your body will always prioritize the available iron to first be used in the red … Continue reading Iron Deficiency Anemia & Treatment
This is a topic that I have been avoiding for a while because there is so much conflicting advice and evidence available. I started giving our son iron supplementation from 6months but because it tasted horrible and stained all his clothes and he struggled with constipation, I stopped at around 10months. After attending the European … Continue reading Iron deficiency
Egg Cartons, can you ever have enough? This is a house hold item I NEVER throw away. There are endless play opportunities you can use them for. I have a cupboard of recyclable items and I whip them out when I quickly want to put an activity together. I am going to focus our play … Continue reading Playdough Activity: Egg Carton Play
Eczema is a chronic disease and sadly it is not (yet) curable. It is however possible to control the symptoms. The aim is to get the acute inflammation of the skin under control (usually with topical steroids added to your normal regime), and then maintaining a healthy skin barrier by keeping the skin hydrated. It … Continue reading Eczema – Part 2 : The management
Red rashes... there are so many things that could look the same, and each child’s rash reacts a little differently. Even in the Bible many chapters in Leviticus was devoted to different skin lesions. There is only a small amount of treatments available...but oh so so soooooo many “boererate” and little ointments, potions and lotions … Continue reading Eczema – Part 1
In the last few wees I have spoken to many moms and read many blogs to do some more research about reflux in babies. (See the previous post to learn more about what reflux is). There are some interesting and scary treatments suggested out there! As a mom I wish I could give you a … Continue reading Reflux – what can you do?
TOUCH - TASTE – SMELL – SEE – HEAR Children engage with the world through their senses. They are constantly learning while exploring the world they live in. Sensory play offers opportunities to ignite these senses and have a blast while doing it. Have you ever tried to explain what it feels like to have … Continue reading Playdough Activity: Rainbow blocks
Photo from Unsplash by Brytny.com Most moms know the feeling of getting your little one all dressed up and ready to go, just to have them spit/vomit milk all over everything just before you leave! What exactly is reflux? Why does it happen? When should you worry? Gastro-Esophageal Reflux (GER) is a 100% physiological (natural) … Continue reading Does Baby have Reflux?