Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing

Bathing is not just about cleanliness, it’s also a wonderful bonding experience for both parent and child. For any care provider in fact, bathing can strengthen not only the care providers bond with the child but from a developmental view point, beyond simply strengthening bonds, experiences in the first year of life which teach the child that he or she can trust care providers and … Continue reading Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing

Keeping Your Little Ones Comfortable This Winter

Add Moisture During the winter months, we use the heating systems in our homes almost constantly. This not only drys out the air in our homes, it can dry out our bodies as well. Add a little moisture back in the air in the form of steam. A great option is to leave your child’s bathroom door open during a hot bath to let the … Continue reading Keeping Your Little Ones Comfortable This Winter

Weaning Advice

Its a very common question and one a lot of parents tend to struggle with, how do I wean my toddler off the night feed? Don’t worry, you are not alone in feeling like giving a bottle or breastfeed is the only and/or quickest way to get your toddler back to sleep when compared to what can feel like hours of crying or sitting with them. Those … Continue reading Weaning Advice

Everything You Need to Know About Sun Protection for Your Children

Remember how much you marveled at your baby’s smooth skin? Don’t let the sun destroy that beautiful canvas. Ultraviolet sunlight damages the skin and can lead to wrinkles and cancers later on. There is no such thing as a healthy tan; a tan is a sign of sun damage. ALWAYS put sunscreen on your child before going outside. Make a fun game out of it. … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Sun Protection for Your Children

Pro’s and Con’s of Ipads, Tablets and Phones for Little Ones

Of course your toddler is drawn to a shiny, colorful screen that responds to her touch by lighting up, moving, and making noise. No doubt you’ve figured out that your iPad can magically captivate and occupy your tot during waits at the doctor’s office and long car rides. Good for you for giving her fascination real thought, but you can lose the guilt on this … Continue reading Pro’s and Con’s of Ipads, Tablets and Phones for Little Ones

Poisons Emergency Service 0861 555 777.

A New Poison Helpline for Cape Town

A new Poisons Emergency Service came into operation on 1st June 2015, which is serviced by both Tygerberg Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The individual numbers (021 931 6129 and 021 689 5227) previously used for poison emergencies by these two hospitals have been phased out. There is now a single dedicated telephone number which is operative immediately on a 24-hour basis: 0861 555 777. Poisons Information … Continue reading A New Poison Helpline for Cape Town

First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Fractures

A fracture is an injury to a bone often resulting in a clean break. Today we do not use a splint on a fracture victim, unless the injured person will have to be moved before emergency help can arrive.  Your only other goal when assisting a fracture victim is to assist in easing the pain of the injured party. Encourage the patient to position the … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Fractures