Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...


The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
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    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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The decision as to whether you will have your son circumcised is best made before his birth. Circumcision involves the removal of part of the foreskin of the penis and is usually done while mother and baby are still in hospital following the birth. Should you choose to have your baby circumcised in hospital, please inform the nursing staff following his birth so that it can be done prior to your discharge. Should you choose to circumcise your son for religious reasons, this is usually done by the appropriate person within the religious community, at the required time.


A common, non-religious, reason for circumcision is to make the son look like the father, but most children will be more concerned about not looking like their peers.


The purpose of the foreskin is to protect the penis from damage and irritation. The foreskin and glans (tip of the penis) are fused at birth and gradually separate during the first few years of the boy’s life. There is a very slight risk that uncircumcised boys will develop an infection under the foreskin, but in most cases this can be prevented with good hygiene. You cannot wash underneath the foreskin because it is not meant to retract at this age and it need only be cleaned form the outside.


After the foreskin is removed, a gauze dressing is wrapped around the tip of the penis, still allowing him to pass urine. Change nappies frequently to prevent stinging from the urine. The gauze falls off after a few days. A mild anti-bacterial cream may be applied for a few days until the penis has healed.