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My overweight teenage daughter won’t exercise – how do I help her?

Sis Dolly answers some burning questions from our readers.

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How South Africa can build a child-centred health care system

It is more than 20 years since the South African constitution first guaranteed children’s “right to basic health care services”.

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31 ways you can make load-shedding easier on your family

Load-shedding and power outages are becoming part of our lives now. Read our useful tips to minimise inconvenience.

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'We fix these, and the children do well': Childhood squints can be corrected

One of the greatest tragedies would be to have your child go through the discomfort of having squints, the bullying and the emotional trauma of being "different" only to find out that they didn't have to.

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Local company creates dolls with vitiligo for kids with this rare skin condition

Dolls with vitiligo to teach children of all races to appreciate and embrace diversity.

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Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory for children

Children already cared for in kindergarten and at school or in other community facilities must provide proof of vaccination by 31 July 2021.

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What is Post-partum Thyroiditis? We've got the facts

While welcoming a new child is an exciting and joyous time for mothers, it can also be followed by some unwelcome side effects that many women need assistance in understanding.

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Women, please check for cervical cancer: This is how

Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of female cancer in South Africa.

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Screen time may be physically damaging kids' brains, study reveals

A study on the associations between screen-based media use and brain white matter integrity in preschool-aged children has a scary revelation.

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Worried about your child depending on energy drinks during exams? You should be

Children are getting more sugar from what they drink than eat, and energy drinks have been identified as the main culprit.

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A reader shares his experience growing up with a narcissistic mother

"I hope that sharing my experience helps others draw the strength that they need to change their own circumstances."

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Is using cannabis in front of children harmful or not?

What do we know today about the effects of cannabis use on the ability of mothers and fathers to respond sensitively and appropriately to the needs of their children?

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Children and trauma: when bad stuff happens

Just how much does trauma affect children, and what should we as parents do to help?

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Help! My child’s going under anesthesia and I don't know what to expect

You wouldn't be human if you didn’t have a mountain of questions. Medical professional Dr Clover-Ann Lee answers your FAQs about children and anaesthesia.

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When doctors and parents disagree on how to treat a sick child the emotional and financial costs can be huge

At the heart of such cases is a breakdown in communication between the clinicians and the family about what is in the child’s best interests – so the law intervenes when relationships fail.

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'You just have to try harder': How to recognise a narcissistic parent

The ripple effect of the parental influence becomes that much more complicated when coupled with a mental heath condition like Narcissistic personality disorder. Parent24 spoke with local Psychoanalyst Enzo Sinisi about the condition and its impact on parenting.

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Mental health conditions in children: A parent's guide

Many parents tend to blame themselves for their children’s mental health problems however, the reality is that there’s no single definitive cause.

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Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back

At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media. Now platforms are developing strategies to address anti-vaccine bots.

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Do you know how dirty your baby's cot is?

"...our beds are an ideal breeding ground for germs, housing between 4-16 different species of fungi at any one time." Read this before you drench your baby or cot mattress in bleach!

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Mom, is your backache killing you? Here's what might be the cause...

After two years of unexplained back pain, this mom found others with the same complaint – and then realised what it could be.

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Mutant sheep bred to fight lethal childhood brain diseases

Genetically modified sheep are on the front lines in the war on brain diseases.

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Parents’ drug, alcohol and tobacco use negatively impacts all areas of child well-being – new study

Given that large numbers of children may be affected by parental substance use, this is an important public health challenge. Particularly given that we know that poor well-being in childhood can impact later life too.

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'Burns are not only related to fire' - The top 10 ways to prevent burns in children according to ChildSafe

'Scalding from boiling or very hot liquids occur more frequently than fire-related burns but these injuries can be averted with extra vigilance and monitoring from parents.'

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'It’s still taboo': Parenting with a mental illness

"In her lower moments she still worries that she’s not good enough for her children, and that they’d be better off with someone else"
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