My Child & I : The Coughing Child

One of the most common reasons for concerned parents visiting the doctor is a coughing child. Coughs are one of the most frequently encountered symptoms in the primary care setting and when seen in a child can be a source of great anxiety. We’ll try to address some common causes of cough here as well as present some remedies that may be of use. What is a cough? Simply put, a cough is a reflexive action that tries to expel irritants out of the lungs. It does this by creating a rapid burst of exhaled air. Coughs are triggered by airway...

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My Child & I: Vaccination – Part IV

In Parts I, II and III, we’ve learnt about vaccines, how they work and what vaccine series and boosters are. In this section, we’re going to look more in detail regarding the particular vaccines you should be giving your child. Part IV: Vaccine Recommendations  & the Law How do I know what vaccines I should get for my child? Identifying what vaccines should be given to your child can be a major challenge indeed. Recommendations for vaccines change from year to year, and vaccines against new diseases are being developed all...

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My Child & I: Vaccination – Part III

In Part I of this series, we discussed the basic workings of vaccines, while in Part II we described the differences between the different types of vaccine available and how it can affect your child’s vaccination. Here we shall learn a bit more about vaccination series and boosters. Dont forget to read Part IV for more information. Part III: Vaccine series & boosters What is a vaccine series? In Part I of this series, we had mentioned how vaccines try to lock the immune response into the long-term memory cells of the immune system....

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My Child & I: Vaccination – Part II

In Part I of this series, we discussed the basic workings of vaccines. Here we will talk about the different types of vaccines available and how this affects your child. Don’t forget to read Parts III & IV for more information. Part II: Vaccine types & series As we have mentioned in Part I of the series, vaccines are medical products given to immunise the body against specific diseases. This is to prevent serious, often life-threatening complications that may accompany certain infections. A tribute to the success of the vaccine...

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My Child & I: Vaccination – Part I

Welcome to the first article in a new series, designed to give you a little more information regarding vaccinations. We hope to clarify some common doubts as well as give you a clearer picture as to why vaccines are important for the well being of you and your loved ones. Don’t miss Parts II, III & IV for more information. Part I: The Basics Vaccinations are a common rite of passage for the new parent and child. During the first few years of your child’s life, a trip to the doctor’s for their shots is often one of the...

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