Baby & Child
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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.
Following a healthy lifestyle while pregnant and making informed choices is important for your and your unborn child’s health. Avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco products and ensure that you and your unborn child receive all the nutrients you need to thrive.
The IMCI aims to improve the management of children at primary care level in order to reduce the number of deaths in children in developing countries.
On 21 August 2014, the national Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, officially launched the MomConnect Project at the KT Motubatse Clinic in Shoshanguve, Tshwane.
If a child or adult has consumed, inhaled or is affected in any other way by a substance (from detergents, to plants to medication etc) that could be toxic, or has been stung or bitten by a poisonous animal (scorpion, snake etc), phone the Poisons Information Helpline of the Western Cape on 0861 555 777.
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:
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.
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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.
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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.