Baby & Child

Child Abuse Treatment

(Service)
The service aims to identify and treat children from birth to 14 years of age who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused and neglected. Children that are suspected of having been abused can be taken to a primary healthcare clinic where they will be diagnosed and counselled. The clinic sister or doctor will give the child a detailed physical examination and will also take a history. It is essential that the abused child be taken to a health facility as soon as possible. The longer the delay, the more likely the child will suffer severe emotional and psychological trauma.

Child Developmental Screening and Growth Monitoring

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Mothers/caregivers are advised to bring their newborn(s) to primary healthcare clinics for regular check-ups. Health care staff will monitor the child'sDevelopmental screening is done routinely, during clinic visits for immunisation. Screening for developmental disability occurs thrice, when the child is:

Exclusive Breastfeeding

(Public Information)
This brochure provides information to mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of their babies' lives. The pamphlet also answers some of the tricky questions about breastfeeding.

Fact Sheet on Birth Defects

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Information on what birth defects are, examples of birth defects, what can be done for people who have them and a list of contact numbers where services can be obtained in the country.

Give Your Baby the Best Start in Life – Don't Drink During Pregnancy

(Service)
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS is a common, preventable form of intellectual disability and a serious public health problem in the Western Cape. FAS affects children by slowing their physical growth and results in central nervous system abnormalities. Children are born with FAS when their mothers drink alcohol while they are pregnant. Alcohol can cause irreversible damage to the developing foetus.

Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)

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IMCI is a strategy developed by the World Health Organisation's Division of Child Health and Development and UNICEF. It has been introduced in more than 30 countries around the world to address morbidity and mortality in children under five years. The strategy focuses on the child as a whole, rather than on a single disease or condition. Sick children often arrive at primary health care facilities with a number of sicknesses and have to be managed in an integrated manner at home and at the clinic. 

New project connects expectant moms to government health services

(Public Information)
On 21 August 2014, the national Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, officially launched the MomConnect Project at the KT Motubatse Clinic in Shoshanguve, Tshwane.  

Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

(Service)
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is the most common way young children contract the virus and happens when HIV is passed from a mother to her unborn baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.  An effective Prevention of Mother to Child Transmissions (PMTCT) programme requires mothers and their babies to:

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital Poison Line

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If your baby, toddler or child has consumed, inhaled or is affected in any other way by a substance (from detergents, to plants to medication etc) that could be toxic, phone the Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape on 0861 555 777. Expert advice on the substance and its side effects will be given as well as advice on what to do.

Road to Health Card

(Public Information)
The card - a record of immunisations and growth rate - is given to mothers when their infant is born and is used to monitor the development of the child until it is five years old.

Screening for Developmental Disabilities in Pre-School Children

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Detailed guidelines for health workers on how to screen for developmental disabilities in children aged from zero to six weeks, nine months and 18 months. Information is also given on when to refer to cases up the line.

Tips for Parents Whose Child is Suffering from Diarrhoea

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Reliable information and advice on what steps to take if your child has symptoms of diarrhoea. The causes of diarrhoea are spelt out clearly to help parents.