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South Africa’s children aren’t getting the mental health care they need

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has received increased scientific, clinical and public attention over the past few decades. It’s the most common psychiatric disorder in children...

A case of shyness

I’ve just been told my son is a selective mute. This is the opinion of one of the teachers at his school – and one...

3 ways to date yourself & why it’s so important

When people asked me what I did for my birthday last year, I told them I spent it alone. They were a bit taken...

Hearing & speech development – what’s the connection?

It is a well-known fact that the relationship between hearing and speech development is critical in the early years of a child’s life. Hearing...

2 dads & a baby: A story of surrogacy

Like any young couple who love each other, Aaron* and Jesse* wanted to have a child. Being gay, there were obvious physical limitations when...

Having your cake & eating it

Himself has had to put up with a fair amount of what I’ll term “quirky” behaviour since I’ve fallen pregnant (definitely not before then!)...

How to help him be a hands-on dad

By default, mothers are expected to be hands-on, and so we are. Even the term ‘hands-on dad’ is questionable as there isn’t really a...

The value of exercise

As a paediatrician, I am disturbed by the new terms being used in reference to young children. These include such things as digital dementia,...
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