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5 experts answer: Is it okay to give children pain killers?

What is the correct protocol when it comes to pain killers and our kids? Five experts weigh in.

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QUIZ: Do you have postnatal (or antenatal) depression?

Expecting and getting a child should be one of the happiest times of your life, so why do you feel anything but? Fill in this quiz to see whether you're suffering from depression.

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Mom on her son's fight with a rare neurological condition: "A disease that makes you think you are losing your mind"

At the age of 10, Jed Kagan from Cape Town started experiencing unbearable pain that had doctors perplexed. Mom Shana explains how her son went from sufferer to hero.

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SA family with dwarfism: "Height doesn’t matter – what counts is your heart"

Rika and Stephen Lowe from Mpumalanga have one wish for their adorable children: that they learn how to make their own way in life.

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Seven-year-old dubbed superhero after undergoing five organ transplants in one operation

A seven-year-old boy has become the first child in 20 years to undergo a remarkable operation – five organs transplanted in one go.

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How Dr Ding Dong and other giggle doctors help sick children

Child psychologist and researcher Caspar Addyman says it's important to have actors, entertainers, musicians and magicians in hospitals, as "giggle doctors" reduce patients' stress and anxiety. Here's the proof that laughter is the best medicine!

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Here's why your child may be afraid of doctor's visits

It may seem pretty harmless and even necessary at the time, but research shows that forcefully holding children for medical procedures could be why kids dread the doctor's office.

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Let's talk about lice

All you need to know about getting rid of these little buggers

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4 important things to consider if you're still unsure about where you stand in the vaccination debate

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 19.5 million babies worldwide have not been vaccinated. To commemorate World Immunisation Week 2018, we list 4 ways that prevention has proven better than cure.

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8-year-old boy with a disability becomes successful wheelchair model

This young boy has been dominating the runway!

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The story of Ayaan Ahmed, Cape Town's very own 'Bubble Boy'

Ayaan Ahmed was diagnosed with SCID in 2016 and his parents were told their little one wouldn't make it past a year. Parent24 sat down with his mother, Shamaa Sheik, who shared his incredible story.

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"50 moms, 50 kids, 1 extra chromosome": moms do carpool karaoke for World Down Syndrome Day

This video went viral for all the right reasons and just in time for World Down Syndrome Day.

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Explainer: what are middle ear infections and how are they treated?

It's an all-too-common childhood illness but if left untreated (and if recurring), middle ear infections could lead to developmental delays. Here's how you can spot the painful condition and what to do about it.

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Five diseases you can catch from pets

While pets are a big part of the family, with the rabies outbreak, pet owners are encouraged to be more careful.

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Meet Aaron, the 3-year-old Cape town boy who can’t eat

Aaron was diagnosed with Interleukin-12 Receptor Defect, a rare and incurable disease that affects his immune system. He is the only child, of the few known cases worldwide, who can't consume food – at all.

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Tapping: a great way to help kids deal with anxiety

The Tapping Solution Foundation explains that by tapping particular points on your body while talking through something that might be causing you to feel anxious, you can restore balance in your body and mind.

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What happened to Asperger’s syndrome?

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term "Asperger’s syndrome", grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term "Autism Spectrum Disorder" (ASD). Here an expert explains why the change was made and how it will impact families.

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Rabies outbreak – 5 ways to keep your children safe

There has been a spike of rabies in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, here is how you can make sure your family is safe.

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Pretoria mom feels her son received "inadequate medical care" after he showed symptoms of listeriosis

"Why did they make it so difficult and cause us so much trauma? My son was made to suffer for longer than necessary due to negligence on the part of the trauma doctor. The public needs to be made aware of the inadequate medical care out there!"

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What parents and pregnant women must know about listeria

The recent outbreak of listeriosis is the most severe since the 1970s, with 172 deaths reported. But some may be more at risk than others. Here's what the National Institute of Communicable Diseases has to say about protecting your loved ones.

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How witnessing violence can harm your child's mental health

Children who report high levels of exposure to violence, either as witness or victim, report the highest levels of depression, anger and anxiety.

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Struggling with an anxious child? Here's help

Anxiety is a normal emotion, but for some kids it can become a problem. Here’s advice on how to help your child cope .

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Mom fights to get cruel tweet of her disabled daughter removed

“We have to deal with so many challenges, but because of her my life is better."
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