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Autumn 2022 | Issue 2






FAMILY page 9


Choosing the perfect


Great Autumn care

Good hair days with Born Again's

hair care advice

Adjust your skincare routine to

ensure moisturised and healthy skin





Advice and tips

for you and your

family's wellbeing


Be inspired by

Poetry's Autumn


page 76

Autumn best buys for mom

World oral health day












Autumn 2022 | Issue 2













Deidre Van Staden,

Hendrik Van Staden

Shelley Swartz


Dr Anisa Vahed,

Paediatrics and Child

Health Specialist,

Lauren Franzie,

Functional Fertility Coach



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42 Complementary


Insight and tips from four

Registered Dietitians.

46 Weaning:

Guidelines 101

Dr Vahed shares her knowledge

on this subject, from nutrition

principles to tips about how your

child can enjoy their food to the




The importance of

oral hygiene

during pregnancy

How gum disease in pregnant

women can pose a risk to their

newborn babies.


Child development

How relationships and

play affect child development and

an encouragement to parents to

care for themselves too.


Toddler schedules

during lockdown

Dr Vahed offers advice on keeping

a healthy routine while ensuring

your toddler is stimulated.


Reducing your kid's

pandemic stress

As the pandemic continues to

wreak havoc on families, routines

and self-care have collapsed. The

authors offer some advice.




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The art of being


How to choose the perfect

moisturiser for your skin..


Seven Autumn

Skincare tips for

happy skin

Look radiant this autumn..


Good hair days

Born Again hair care

brand shares some

knowledge about good hair


Best buys


Tiny tots oral


World Oral Health Day

is 20 March and we share

some oral best buys.


Baby products

A few popular and

clever buys for your baby.




Food for Easter


Yvonne's pickled fish

This recipe is a tried and

tested winner from a Capetonian



Delicious fish curry

For those who do not

enjoy pickled fish or who do not

celebrate Easter, we offer this


Health + Wellness


Seven Benefits of green tea

This tea is reputed to have many

medicinal properties. Find out about all it's



Natural remedies for

everyday illness

Natures solutions for some common










Celeb Pregnancies

Which celebs gave birth

and announced their bun in

the oven.


What's on

The line-up of what's

happening in the Mother City

during March and early April.





This issue's



Dr Anisa Vahed

Dr Vahed attained her MBChB from Stellenbosch

University in 2009. She has a Diploma in Child Health

from The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa as

well as Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Life

Support certificates. Dr Anisa Vahed completed her

specialisation in Paediatrics & Child Health in 2019

with University of Cape Town where she spent most of

her time working in Red Cross Children’s Hospital, as

well as Groote Schuur Hospital Neonatal Unit and New

Somerset Hospital.

As we welcome a new season, we also welcome the second issue of our

inspiring and informative mommy lifestyle mag. From two moms

on a mission to bring you peace of mind on your journey through

motherhood, we have put together, along with our wonderful

contributing writers some inspiring and thought-provoking topics for the everyday


Topics range from delicious recipes through to beauty tips as we transition

from summer skin routines to autumn skin routines. While having good skin is all

good and well, we as parents go through unexpected, life changing situations and

find ourselves in need of help; which brings me to baby Gracelyn Green. She's a

brave little girl fighting cancer in the hopes that she will find a donor to save her


All this being said, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy our autumn issue of

Motherly Love.

Thank you to our contributing writers and clients for allowing us the

opportunity to bring forth our second issue for all our valued readers.

Also, a big thank you to my designer Elme, keep flipping the pages – you’ll see

what I mean (smiley face).

Lauren Franze

Lauren is a Fertility Coach, Integrative Health

Practitioner and Founder of Functional Fertility

International. Lauren specializes in Fertility and

Women’s Wellness in her online practice. She is based

in Cape Town where she lives with her husband and


At Functional Fertility, we believe in the body's ability to

heal itself. We help women get to the root cause of their

fertility struggle and empower them in their health and


From the Motherly Love team

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in 2022

What's on,

Cape Town

After a long period of having to strictly social

distance, we are all grateful to be able to attend

events again (safely of course!).

Here is a line-up of what's happening in

the Mother City during March and early April:

Baby No. 2 is on the way for

Quentin Tarantino! The 58-year-old

film director and his wife Daniella are

expecting their second child together,

his rep confirmed to PEOPLE.

We rely on the internet for most of our news

these days and pregnancy announcements

are always well received amidst the

overwhelming other news we mostly find


Here are a few happy news snippets to remind us that

in a world of fast food, instant search results and busy

schedules, people will always pause to enjoy baby

news, baby pictures and baby videos. Let's celebrate

the everlasting phenomena of love, union and growing


Rihanna is officially

a mom-to-be! The

beauty mogul and

partner A$AP Rocky are

expecting their first child

together. The couple

confirmed the baby news

while strolling in New

York City.

Kylie Jenner

gave birth to

baby No.2 with

Travis Scott in

February 2022.

Michael Buble and

Luisana Lopilato are

pregnant! Michael's

post on instagram

confirmed it all with

him saying "oops, We

did it again".


When: 19 March 2022 | Where: City centre | Cost: R10 per


Five performance hubs each put on five 30-minute shows.


When: 13 March 2022 | Cost: General Entry - R 650;

International Entries - R 1200

Experience the spirit and excitement of South Africa’s most

beautiful cycling event! The 44th edition of the Cape Town

Cycle Tour is scheduled to take place on 13 March 2022.


When: 9 April 2022 | Where: Newlands

A marathon with global appeal is the Two Oceans Marathon.

Hosted in the beautiful seaside city of Cape Town, the

Two Oceans marathon attracts some 20 000 participants

who willingly taken on 56 kilometres of open road and

challenging mountain climbs. An interesting feature of the

route of Two Oceans Marathon, is as the name indicates, it

passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline

- the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. It is therefore as stunning

as it is challenging.


When: 9 to 10 April 2022 | Where: Sunningdale Sports

Complex, Blouberg

2 days of Easter Magic.

• Local craft & traders

• Easter chocolates & essentials

• Food & drink

• Home industy & bakes

• Kids easter egg hunt & play

• Games & competitions

Local Traders, Handmade and homemade items. Delicious

food and awesome shopping at all budgets. We always have

something for everyone.

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GUMMY vitamins

By turning our

vitamins into

gummies that are a

naturally flavoured

tasty treat, NeoVita

aims to make

wellness fun and


NeoVita was created as a result of a gap in the market found

in the vitamin and supplement world.

NeoVita’s aim is to put a fun twist on the usual,

mundane way of taking tasteless vitamins by doing away

with capsules needing to be swelled with water. By turning our

vitamins into gummies that are a naturally flavoured tasty treat,

NeoVita aims to make wellness fun and rewarding. This provides

a niche product that differentiates itself from other vitamin

products on the current market. With our team of pharmacists and

nutritionists, we’ve formulated the perfect balance of vitamins,

minerals and botanicals in the yummiest form. Our binding agent is

Pectin therefore all of our gummies are Halaal and vegetarian, some

are even Vegan by containing vitamin D2 instead of D3. There are no

added preservatives or hormones.

hair & skin

Lucious Hair

in Blueberry Blues/

Strawberry Splash flavour and

Radiant Skin in Passion Fruit Pop

flavour. Glamour Boost Collagen+

with Hylaronic Acid added to it in

Peachy Pink flavour

Luscious Hair is specifically formulated to assist

with hair growth, hair strength, hair loss as well

as the prevention of early greying. Biotin assists

with metabolizing protein and fasts to promote

healthy hair, skin and nails. Vitamins C promotes

hair growth. Vitamin D stimulates hair follicles.

Folic Acid reduces hair loss and may assist in

premature greying.

Radiant Skin is formulated to assist in keeping

sin healthy and hydrated. It also assists with

problematic and sensitive skin.

Glamour Boost Collagen+ is formulated to

improve skin elasticity and hydration, minimises

fine lines and wrinkles as wellas assist with bone

and joint health. Marine collagen consists mostly

of type 1 collagen which is the most efficiently

absorbed by the body. Our collagen has

hyaluronic acid added to it which assists with

retaining moisture in skin cells keeping it moist

and plump.

health & wellness


MutiVit in Peach Fusion

flavour, Mens’s MultiVit in

Orange Bliss flavour, Immunity

in Lemon Squeeze flavour and

Probi-Tum Probiotic in Apple Amaze


Daily Women’s Multivit contains vitamins B,

C, D & E to assist with the body’s essential

activities. It also contains Almla which is an

antioxidant that assists in improving skin tone,

boosting the immune system and detoxing the

body. Cranberry may assist in the prevention

of UTI’s, promotes hearth health and improves

blood sugar levels. Folic acid assists in producing

and maintaining new cells.

Daily Men’s Multivit contains A, B, C, D & E

to assist with the body’s essential activities.

Lycopene assists with sun protection and may

improve heart health. CO-Q10 has antioxidant

properties and assists with high blood

pressure. Zinc boosts the immune system and

decreases inflammation.

Probi-tum Probiotic contains 1 billion probiotic

cultures for gut health. It prevents tummy boating,

assists with acid reflux and heart burn.

Probi-tum assists with the treatment of IBS and

may boost immunity and balance gut flora.

Incredible Immunity is packed with the right

botanicals to boost the immune system and

assist with symptom relief. Elderberry assists

with clod and flu symptoms and may aid in

allergy relief. Echinacea has beneficial effects

on the immune system and may reduce inflammation.

Ivy leaf assists with the relief from

coughing and congestion, it may also assist

in breaking down mucus. Vitamins C assists in

strengthening the body’s natural defences.



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How to choose the perfect

moisturiser for your skin.

New generation skincare is smart,

well-tested and researched, aimed at

improving your skin concerns through

using the right active ingredients. Looking like

a glazed donut before bed is the new skincare

‘must-do’ with the idea of applying active

ingredients on your skin at night letting them

seep into your pores overnight leaving you

glowing in the morning when you rise. Which is

true – but you can get this by using one or even

two products instead of your entire skincare

vanity. It’s time to practice smart skincare.

A moisturiser by definition is used on

the skin to prevent dryness. Then – how do you

filter through the million different moisturisers

on the market and choose the best one for your

skin? The answer is simple – know your skin

type and skin concerns. Once you know this,

its as easy as hop skip and jump right onto the

perfect formulation of moisturiser for you!


There are two active ingredients you need in your moisturiser – Ceramide

and Raspberry Extract. Here’s the tea on these two smart ingredients:

Raspberry Extract – yes you heard right! Extract from

the raspberry plant has been studied and shown to promote

skin hydration and cell protection as well as provide antioxidant

protection when used in skincare. The red extract

from the raspberry plant prevents cells from losing excessive

water, therefore providing anti-ageing properties and dryness

prevention. It can also alleviate direct photodamage to the

skin caused by UVB exposure in turn also protecting against

inflammatory responses. Another skincare fundamental that is

lightweight, moisturising, suitable for skin types and can be used

day or night. Apply before your SPF and after your serums.

Shop the 1% Raspberry Extract moisturiser at


Ceramides are a class of fatty acids called lipids. They're naturally found

in skin cells and make up about 40 to 50 percent of the outer layer of

your skin (epidermis). Ceramides are important for retaining your skin's

moisture and preventing the entry of germs into your body. Ceramides are

produced naturally by the body in the sebaceous glands but sometimes our

body can run short of them – especially as we age. Therefore, we need this

ingredient in our creams and moisturisers to help pick us up where needed.

It’s a skincare fundamental and suitable for all skin types. Shop the Ultra

Hydrating 1% Ceramide Cream at fundamentals-skincare.co.za

A ceramide cream can be used in the morning but is recommended

for night use after your serums as a last step in your skincare routine.

Remember to cleanse, tone and apply those serums before moisturising.

“ Smart skincare is vegan, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, cosmeceutical grade and a fraction of the

price with absolutely no compromise on formulation and ingredient quality. Skincare is for everyone

and should be inclusive. The trick to effective skincare is knowing what type of skin you have and

then using the correct products, with the correct ingredients and formulations to accurately treat your

skin concerns that is also friendly to your specific skin type. When visiting the Fundamentals Skincare

website you will have access to a skincare questionnaire that helps you figure out your skin type and

further help is available through the Free consultation booking form. Its all about giving your skin the

essentials it needs for good health ”

-Tumi Lehutso at Fundamentals Skincare -

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happy skin

Look radiant this autumn.


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When the seasons are changing, some

women may feel very uncomfortable

and many skin problems might occur.

In this article, are some tips on how to

care for your skin this Autumn.

Reduce the frequency

of exfoliating

In summer, most of us

do exfoliation one or two

times a week. In autumn

you should reduce the

frequency of doing so and

I suggest at most you can

do it once a week. This is

because our skin is much

more sensitive in autumn

and spring than in other


Clean your face with

gentle cleanser

Before we start this issue,

the first thing we should

figure out is why we

have to clean our faces.

It is necessary to remove

redundant oil and wastes

while it's important to

leave enough natural oil

to moisturize the skin.

Meanwhile, our skin

produces oil according to

the temperature - when it's

hotter, the skin produces

more oil and when it's

cooler, it produces less oil.

In autumn, it

becomes much cooler and

in the morning you should

choose a gentle cleanser

instead of the one you

have been using for all the

summer days. Cleansers

with less foams or no

foams will gently remove

the dirt and redundant

oil while leave a soft and

tender touch.

You need protection

In autumn, your skin

needs more protection.

In summer, we often use

hydrating gel or fresh

lotion but in autumn, we

should consider changing

skincare products.

Try to find some

soothing products; they

can help your skin calm

down and bring enough

water to your skin.

On the other hand, you

can't ignore sun screen

in this season. Actually

every girl should apply sun

Your skin has a memory. In ten,

twenty, thirty years from now, your

skin will show the results of how it

was treated today. So treat it kindly &

with respect ”

- Jana Elston -

screen everyday no matter

it's summer or winter.

Note: sunlight is the

most essential fact which

makes your skin grow old,

so please form the habit of

applying sun screen every


Prepare a bottle of

hydrating spray in

your office

Air conditioner brings us

cool wind and meanwhile

it takes away the water in

our skin.

A bottle of hydrating

spray will be useful in your

office. When you feel dry

and uncomfortable, this

spray will immediately

sooth the skin. However,

after you apply the spray,

please drain the redundant

spray with facial tissue or

you will lose more water.

Keep a happy mood

Actually, the most essential

fact which influences your

skin is your own mood

and pressure. When you

feel down or are under

stress, you body will

automatically help you

to discharge the toxins

and that's why acne and

freckles appear. ■



NeoVita’s aim is to put a fun twist on the

usual, mundane way of taking tasteless

vitamins by doing away with capsules

needing to be swallowed with water. By

turning our vitamins into gummies that

are a naturally flavoured tasty treat,

NeoVita aims to make wellness fun and


With our team of pharmacists and

nutritionists, we’ve formulated the

perfect balance of vitamins, minerals

and botanicals that work in conjunction

to each other

All of NeoVita’s products are Halaal,

vegetarian and some are vegan. There

are no preservatives or hormones added,

therefore, they are pregnancy and

breastfeeding safe. However it is

recommended to consult your GP.


Luscious Hair is specifically formulated

to assist with hair growth, hair strength,

hair loss as well as the prevention of

early greying. Biotin assists with

metabolizing protein and fats to

promote healthy hair, skin and nails.

Vitamin C promotes hair growth.

Vitamin D stimulates hair follicles. Folic

Acid reduces hair loss and may assist in

premature greying.

Radiant Skin is formulated to assist in

keeping skin healthy and hydrated. It

also assists with problematic and

sensitive skin. Perilla is rich in

omega 3’s and antioxidants that may

assist problematic skin.

Grape seed boosts the efficiency of skin’s

vitamin E and C that may assist with skin

hydration. Vitamin A supports the

maintenance of healthy skin and its

healing process. Zinc assists with skin

inflammation and flare ups.

Glamour Boost Collagen+ is formulated

to improve skin elasticity and hydration,

minimises fine lines. It wrinkles as well as

assist with bone and joint health. Marine

collagen consists mostly of type 1 collagen

which is most efficiently

absorbed by the body.

Our collagen has hyaluronic acid added

to it which assists with retaining

moisture in skin cells keeping it plump.

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Born Again hair

care brand shares

knowledge with us

about good hair

practices that protects

your hair's structure.

Daily grooming practices

like washing, brushing,

and styling can cause

damage to your hair and

leave it looking frizzy, broken, and


To better understand why this

happens, you’ll need to know more

about your hair’s structure.

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The ends of your hair don't

get as dirty as your scalp.

Because your scalp produces

oil, it's what truly needs to get


• CUTICLE. The cuticle is the tough,

The best way to work shampoo thoroughly into

protective outer layer of your hair.

your hair and not have a bear of a time rinsing

it out is to start with properly saturated hair.

Washing, styling, and coloring your hair can

This means don't hop in the shower and

damage the cuticle, making it unable to protect

immediately start applying your product!

the central parts of the hair shaft.

Instead, give strands a few minutes to

washed. ” This causes you to lose some of the

completely soak through first. Once you've

fibrous proteins that make up your hair's cortex,

completely wet your hair, then you can apply

making your hair thin, fragile and prone to

the product and start to shampoo.



• MEDULLA. This is the soft, central part of the

hair shaft. Interestingly, thick haircontains large

amounts of medulla, while fine hair has almost


• CORTEX. This is the thickest layer of your

hair. It contains lots of fibrousproteins and the

pigment that gives your hair its color.


• Comb your hair with a soft-bristled brush

before getting into the shower to get rid of any

knots and hair product residue.

• Saturate Your Hair Before You Start Hair

Washing Routine


• One of the best ways to boost shine after

cleansing is to make sure you totally rinse out

your shampoo and conditioner. Having residue

from either product leftover on your hair makes

your hair look duller and can even lead to

buildup and a greasy look.


The best way to be able to rinse it all out?

Don't apply so much. If you opt for a handful of

shampoo with each wash, you're overdoing it.

For both, aim to use an amount that's

the size of a quarter and adjust reasonably

depending on the length of your hair.



• Conditioner near your roots isn't a bad thing,

as long as you properly rinse it out afterward.

• Apply conditioner on your mid-lengths and

ends first, and any extra should then be worked

upwards. To rinse out conditioner all the

way, you may need to get a littlecloser to your

showerhead or rinse out under the bath tap. A

stronger flow of water helps thoroughly remove

conditioner residue. ■





Coconut Oil — Coconut oil could help you grow your hair

longer by:

• moisturizing your hair and reducing breakage

• protecting your hair from protein loss and damage when


• protecting your hair from environmental damage like wind,

sun, and smoke

It calms irritation, fights fungal infection, treats split ends,

adds lustre, assists itchy scalp and damaged hair.

Coconut oil is predominantly made up of a mediumchain

fatty acid called lauric acid. This gives coconut oil a

long, straight structure, which is more easily absorbed deep

into the hair shaft.

Rosemary Oil — The oil’s health uses range from

antioxidant benefits and anti-inflammation to memory

enhancement and more.

In recent years, there have been claims that the oil may

be great for hair growth. Some say it could even prevent hair

loss, pointing to Mediterranean cultures’ use of rosemary in

hair rinses to promote hair growth for hundreds of years as

supporting evidence. The idea that rosemary oil encourages

hair growth may come from the rosemary’s basic health

benefits. The plant in essential oil form is said to:

• have anti-inflammatory properties

• promote nerve growth

• improve circulation

Like peppermint essential oil (also used to promote hair

growth), rosemary essential oil strengthens circulation. As a result, it

could prevent hair follicles from being starved of blood supply, dying

off, and leading to hair loss.

Beyond stimulating hair growth, rosemary essential oil is used to

prevent premature graying and dandruff. It may also help dry or itchy


According to some scientific evidence, rosemary may benefit

nerve tissue.

Carnosic acid, an active ingredient in the plant, healed tissue

and nerve damage in one study. This ability to heal nerve endings

may rejuvenate nerves in the scalp too, in turn possibly restoring hair

growth. Rosemary essential oil increases the growth of new hair by


Rosemary has been used by many to promote hair growth

successfully. Using rosemaryessential oil could very well do the same for


Science and personal experience together both strongly suggest

the essential oil doesprotect against hair loss, particularly that related to

male or female pattern baldness. It may even be effective for alopecia.

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Autumn is here and with

changing seasons come changing

skin-care routines. Motherly

Love has put together some great

products for you to try.

Bioderma Pigmentbio Foaming

Cream Exfoliating cleanser for

brighened skin right from the shower.

Gently cleanses the skin. Eliminates

colour irregularities and surface

impurities to restore the complexion’s

radiance. Promotes the disappearance

of hyperpigmentation spots and marks

while keeping them from reappearing.

Leaves the skin comfortable. Very good

tolerance - Creamy foam texture - Soap

free - Can be used as a mask.



Bright Boost Gel

Cream 50ml is formulated with

Neoglucosamine, AHAs and PHAs to

help activate the skin’s renewal process to

target dark spots and uneven skin tone, revealing

smoother, brighter and more radiant skin. It also

helps to improve the appearance of dark spots and

uneven skin tone while also promoting the formation of

collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. This Gel Cream

boosts surface cell turnover by 10x, revealing brighter, more

even toned skin in just 1 week! Available at Click Stores

radiant glow

drenched skin


Day Cream for

Dry & Dehydrated skin

50ml is a natural and organic

day cream which nourishes and

protects dry and dehydrated skin.

The creamy consistency is easily

absorbed and has a nurturing

fragrance. www.pradiance.


Help your skin fight against time using Mineraline Time It! Day Cream. The

base for our unique formula are UNIPROSYN PS-18 UNIPROTECT PT-3

active agents, developed after years of research on skin regeneration and proven

to reverse the signs of ageing by reducing the depth of wrinkles and restoring

skin’s elasticity. Our Time It! Day Cream will also deeply hydrate your skin with

the nourishing benefits of Aloe Vera and Shea Butter. Use daily for youthful,

glowing skin. Exclusively Available at Dis-Chem Stores

The Sukin Blemish Control Kit is

a four-step regime to calm and clear

your complexion. Synergising blemishfighting,

purifying ingredients, the

skin-refining collection is perfect for

achieving a smooth, healthy-looking

visage that feels refreshed and rebalanced.

Vegan. Cruelty free. Free from

parabens, silicones, sulphates, mineral

oil, phthalates, synthetic fragrances,

petrolatum and harsh detergents. www.


Lanolab multi-use balm is best known to soothe chapped

and dry lips. It’s locally made and 100% natural with no added

fragrance. The hero ingredient, lanolin locks in moisture while

the papaya extract is packed with anti-inflammatory properties,

which is why Lanolab assists with soothing everything from

dry lips; minor skin irritations and rashes; chafing;

sunburn; cracked nipples and nappy rash.


Ideal for the hands,

face, and body

this Nivea Soft

Moisturising Cream is

a wonderful addition to

your skincare routine.

The light formula is

made with Vitamin E

and jojoba oil to keep

your skin feeling soft

and nourished. Highly

effective at revitalising

the skin, this cream

quickly absorbs into the

skin and makes it feel



lovely pout


Bees Lip Balm

for just a hint of color

and 8 hours of moisture. The

Botanical Waxes in these softly

tinted balms will take your lips to

lovely in one pretty swipe. They

come in a range of 8 naturally

flattering shades. www.


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and family

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The importance of

Oral hygiene

during pregnancy

How gum disease in pregnant women can pose a risk to their

newborn babies.

Women who




infections and suffer from

bleeding gums when they

are pregnant have a greater

chance of delivering their

babies preterm if they

don’t treat the infection.

Up to 70% of women

develop inflammation of

the gums, or gingivitis,

during their pregnancy. It’s

commonly referred to as

pregnancy gingivitis.

This is due to the

changes in a mother’s

hormone levels during

pregnancy. This promotes

an inflammatory response

which increases the risk

of developing periodontal

disease. Periodontal

diseases are infections of

the structures around the

teeth including the gums,

ligaments, and bone. They

may cause bleeding of the

gums and in severe cases,

loss of teeth.

The challenge is

that not many mothers

seek dental treatment for

bleeding gums during

pregnancy. And antenatal

clinics pay little, if any,

attention to the mother’s

oral health status. As a

result, this complication

often goes undetected.

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Our research

shows that


a rapid pointof-care

test into routine

antenatal examinations

could help diagnose

periodontal disease.

The test is simple and

inexpensive and is widely

used as a diagnostic test

for periodontal disease.

If the test is set

up before the patient is

examined, it can deliver

a result by the time her

examination is complete.

This would alert antenatal

health care providers

of the risk of adverse

pregnancy outcomes.

Mothers can then be

referred to a dental clinic

for prompt treatment to

reduce their risk.

Premature babies

Across the world, about

6.9 million babies die due

to prematurity. Many as a

result of their birth weight

being low. In the US about

7% of babies are born with

a low birth weight while

in the UK, this figure sits

at 6%.

But in Africa up to

12% of babies are born

with a low birth weight.

In South Africa neonatal

deaths account for about

40% of all deaths in

children under the age

of 5. In Angola and the

Central African Republic,

close to 100 babies in every

1000 die within the first

four weeks of birth. These

are the highest known

rates of infant death in the

world. This compares to

the UK and the US where

only seven in every 1000

infants die within the first

four weeks of life.

Studies have linked

babies born prematurely

with a low birth weight to

their mothers’ smoking

habits, and her ethnicity.

Other factors have also

played a role such as the

mother’s age, whether

she previously delivered a

baby that had a low birth

weight, whether she had

pregnancy complications

and the type of delivery

she had.

Some research

found a link between

periodontal disease

and adverse pregnancy

outcomes but other

studies couldn’t establish

a conclusive link. None of

these studies were in the

developing world.

But our research in

South Africa and Rwanda

has found a link between

mothers with periodontal

disease that deliver

underweight preterm

babies. Our study was

the first in Africa to link

periodontal disease to preterm


What we found

As part of our research

we did two studies. One

focused on pregnant

women during their

antenatal visits to maternal

obstetric units in Kwazulu-

Natal. The other looked

at mothers admitted to

labour wards in Rwanda’s

Butare Hospital.

One study showed

there was a strong

likelihood that there would

be an adverse pregnancy

outcome when a mother

was clinically diagnosed

with periodontal disease.

Those who didn’t have

periodontal disease were

more likely to have normal

pregnancy outcomes.

The other study

focused on the specifics

of the bacteria associated

with periodontal disease.

In the immune

system there are two

sets of proteins called

cytokines, which regulate

the body’s response to

an inflammation. There

are pro-inflammatory

cytokines and antiinflammatory


In normal full term

pregnancies, proteins that

encourage inflammation

in the body are regulated

by those that dismiss

the inflammation.

This prevents the

body developing an

inflammation and

rejecting the fetus.

But our studies

confirmed that when a

woman had periodontal

disease there was an

imbalance in these

proteins which could

create an inflammation

in the woman’s body and

induce preterm labour.

Changing testing


The earlier periodontal

disease is diagnosed in

pregnant women, the

less of a chance it has of

having an impact on their


Surveys into

practice behaviours of

obstetricians in other

countries show there’s

growing awareness of the

link between periodontal

disease and adverse

pregnancy outcomes.

But not enough is

being done to forge the

collaboration between

the antenatal health care

providers and oral health

care professionals.

Obstetricians argue

that they have no time to

perform oral examinations

during antenatal

consultations. And, they

argue, these would be

better performed by oral

health care workers. ■






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first years

the 5

‘Development’ means changes in your child’s physical growth.

It’s also the changes in your child’s social, emotional,

behaviour, thinking and communication skills.

All of these areas of development are linked, and each

depends on and influences the others.

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34 35 BABIES

In the first five years

of life, experiences

and relationships

stimulate children’s

development, creating

millions of connections

in their brains. In fact

children’s brains develop

connections faster in the

first five years than at any

other time in their lives.

This is the time when the

foundations for learning,

health and behaviour

throughout life are laid



the foundation of

child development

Children’s relationships

affect all areas and stages

of their development.

In fact, relationships are

the foundation of child



relationships, your child

learns vital information

about their world. For

example, your child learns

whether the world is

safe and secure, whether

they’re loved, who loves

them, what happens when

they cry or laugh, and

much more.

Your child

also learns by seeing

relationships among other

people – for example,

by seeing how you

behave with other family

members. This learning

is the foundation for the

development of your

child’s communication,

Lots of time spent

playing, talking, listening

and interacting with you

helps your child learn key

life skills. ”

behaviour, social and other


PLAY: how child

development and

learning happen

In the early years, play

is children’s main way of

learning and developing.

Play is fun for

your child. It also gives

your child opportunities

to explore, observe,

experiment and solve

problems. Your child will

need your support and

encouragement to do this.

But it’s important to aim

for a balance between

supporting your child

and letting your child try

things on their own and

sometimes make mistakes.

Finding out for themselves

about how the world

works is a big part of your

child’s learning.

Lots of time spent

playing, talking, listening

and interacting with you

helps your child learn

key life skills. These skills

include communicating,

thinking, solving

problems, moving and

being with other people

and children.

Other things

that shape child


Your child’s genes

and other factors like

healthy eating, physical

activity, health and the

neighbourhood you live

in also influence your

child’s development and


Healthy eating

Healthy food gives your

child the energy and

nutrients they need to

grow and develop. It also

helps develop their sense

of taste. Healthy family

food and eating patterns in

the early years can set up

healthy eating habits for


Physical activity

Being physically active

is vital to your child’s

health. It gets your child

moving, develops motor

skills, helps your child

think and gives your

child an opportunity to

explore their world. So

your child needs plenty of

opportunities for active

play, both inside and



Minor childhood

illnesses like colds, ear

aches and gastroenteritis

generally won’t have

any long-term effects

on development. But

disability, developmental

delay and chronic or longterm

conditions can affect

development. Health and

disability professionals can

help you understand your

child’s condition and how

it affects development.

Neighbourhood and local


Your child’s development

is supported by positive

relationships with friends

and neighbours, and

access to playgrounds,

parks, shops and local

services like child care,

playgroups, kindergartens,

schools, health centres and




differences among


In general, development

happens in the same order

in most children, but

skills might develop at

different ages or times. For

example, children usually

learn to stand, and then

they learn to walk. But this

development can happen

any time between 8 and 18


So if you’re

wondering whether your

child’s development is on

track, just remember that

development happens

over time. Differences

among children are usually

nothing to worry about.

Looking after yourself physically, mentally

and emotionally will help your child grow and

thrive. ”

Being a parent

Whether you’re a parent,

grandparent, kinship carer

or foster parent raising

a child, you’re always

learning. It’s OK to feel

confident about what

you know. And it’s also

OK to admit you don’t

know something and ask

questions or get help.

When you’re focusing on

looking after a baby or

child, you might forget

or run out of time to look

after yourself. Looking

after yourself physically,

mentally and emotionally

will help your child grow

and thrive. ■

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little one's

little one's
















Some tips to try to keep a

healthy routine; making

sure your toddler still

gets the stimulation they



Being a mom to a toddler can

be a time of absolute chaos.

Now add a pandemic and

second and third waves and

the stress of being stuck at home.

Everyone’s schedule has gotten

disrupted. Parents & caregivers of

children of any age are having a tough

time to understand all their own

emotions, now they have to manage

being stuck at home and keeping

everyone busy and happy. Choosing

whether your child should be at

school or home all depends on how

you feel you can manage to work from

home and keep your toddler under

control at the same time.

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• Wake up, get dressed

and have breakfast at the

normal time.

• Have dedicated

areas of work at home

— this includes your

own workspace so your

toddlers play dough or

paint don’t spill on to

your laptop.



limits is still

very important

— don’t push

out time for

sleep, physical


reading and

family time ”






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• Set dedicated times

during the day for

activities — this may

seem very simple, but

don’t get stuck in having

too many activities

planned for the day.

• Allocate different days

with different types of

stimulation. If your child

was attending a creche

contact the teacher and

find out about their

schedules, you can use

this as a guideline for your


• Setting limits is still

very important — don’t

push out time for sleep,

physical activity, reading

and family time. Stick

with normal bedtime

routines as much as

possible to make sure

your little one gets enough


• Schedule time for

nutritious snacks and get

them helping out making

these snacks.

• Younger children’s

concentration span

don’t last longer than 20

minutes. Sometimes by

changing up activities this

can distract them longer.

Don’t get upset if they get

distracted too quickly, it’s


• Don’t get frustrated if

your child doesn’t want

to do any activities — we

all have those days and

sometimes emotions can

make us feel overwhelmed

especially being stuck at

home. It can be worse for

a child that doesn’t have

the vocabulary. So, stay

calm and just accept that

today wasn’t that day and

have backup plans. It’s

important to not fight

with them over any single

thing, this can make them

feel just as frustrated as

you and they won’t learn

how to deal with their


• Try getting the kids

involved in chores around

the house like vacuuming,

polishing and washing

the dishes. Washing up

their toys can help with

making sure everything is

disinfected and clean.

• Worrying about too

much screen time? Try

not have the tv on all

day and only make their

devices available for

certain times of the day. It

can be difficult especially

during lockdown and

no school and you really

need to attend the zoom

meeting, so you give

your child the iPad for an

extra hour. It’s important

to choose good quality

content with wonderful

apps that are now

available for free to get

your childs imagination


• Use recycled goods to

help with getting that

imagination going —

build a fort or a robot

from all the wine and

Takealot boxes. Use

toilet paper rolls to make

binoculars and origami

paper plates into different

animals. Now is the time

to embrace your hidden

Pinterest account and

do some DIY crafts. It’s

a great way to have some

constructive bonding time.

• Use social media for

connection — chat to

moms from your childs

playgroup and try get the

kids to catch up over video

calls. Sometimes a helpful

call or video message from

their teacher can help with

some bad behaviour issues

your having.

Now is the time to Stay

strong Together. Don’t

isolate yourself. Chat

to other parents with

children of similar ageyou’ll

soon realise you are

all in the same situation

and feeling exactly the

same. Sometimes a

different perspective can

help with managing our

daily struggles. ■

Dr. Anisa Vahed is

an expert in general

paediatrics. She

works closely with a

multidisciplinary team of

professionals to provide

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Insights and tips from four Registered Dietitians about

complementary feeding for your baby.



exclusively for the

first six months

of a baby’s life is

the most natural way to

feed your baby. However,

what comes next is also

important because of the

extraordinary growth and

development that takes

place in the first 1000 days

of an infant’s life.

After six months

of age, breastmilk is no

longer sufficient as the

only food source. For

example, there’s not

enough iron and zinc

in breastmilk to meet a

baby’s growing needs

for these micro-nutrients

after the age of six months.

Mothers are definitely

encouraged to continue

breastfeeding, but also

advised to introduce

small amounts of soft,

nutrient-dense foods as

complementary feeding.

Estelle Strydom,

registered dietitian and

ADSA spokesperson (The

Association for Dietetics in

South Africa) says, “A 2018

review of complementary

feeding practices in South

Africa revealed that the

diets of many older infants

do not meet the criteria

for a minimally acceptable

diet. In addition, it was

reported that many babies

between six months and

one year are regularly

given processed meats,

soft drinks, sweets and

salty crisps, which are all

nutrient-poor foods that

are not suitable for babies.”

Furthermore, Professor

Lize Havemann-Nel,

registered dietitian and

researcher in the Centre

of Excellence for Nutrition

at North-West University,

also points out that your

baby’s nutrition is a vital

part of a foundation for

a healthy life. There’s

no other time when a

child grows and develops

faster; it’s both a window

of opportunity to set

your child on the path to

good health, and a time

of great vulnerability.

Malnutrition, in all its

forms, from underweight

and overweight to the

nutritional deficiencies

that cause lasting damage,

can be avoided through

optimal complementary



Havemann-Nel says, “It’s

important to get the timing

right by introducing

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complementary foods

from six months

onwards. It’s also vital

to know what foods are

appropriate so that you

are providing your little

one with a variety of

nutrient-dense meals

and avoiding harmful

practices. The other goal

of complementary feeding

is to set your baby up to

try new foods so that as

they grow they transition

to eating nutrient-dense

family foods, which makes

life much easier for parents

and caregivers.”

Registered Dietitian,

Mbali Mapholi

emphasises the

importance of parents’

awareness of the accepted

complementary feeding

guidelines. She says,

“Parents and caregivers

need to understand what

nutrient-dense foods are

suitable for their babies.

The transition from only

breastmilk to suitable

complementary foods,

along with continued

breastfeeding, works well

if the food offered to baby

is soft and easy to digest,

which is why the first solid

foods are usually pureed

and mashed. We start out

with mashed, soft foods,

and as they develop,

the food becomes more

textured and soft finger

foods can be offered.”

An important

guideline is that meat,

fish, chicken and eggs

should be offered daily.

Mbali says, “These foods

are high in protein which

is essential for growth

and development. They

also contain important

vitamins and minerals

that support the immune

system and healthy body

functioning. Eating these

foods every day prevents

deficiencies of important

nutrients such as iron.

Plant protein sources

such as soya, beans, peas

and lentils are affordable

and are also important

to include in the diet


Another important

nutrition guideline is

making dark green leafy

vegetables and orangecoloured

fruit and veg

available daily to your

baby. Mbali says, “Spinach

is easy for us to grow in

our gardens or in pots so

that we can harvest the

leaves we need each day,

while the plant keeps on

growing and providing

more. Vegetables such

as butternut and carrots,

and fruits such as citrus,

paw-paw and mangoes are

good sources of vitamins

A and C that help to

maintain your baby’s

good health. It works out

well to buy seasonal fruit

and veg because it’s more


For a toddler

between 12 and 36

months, you need to

provide five small meals

per day with starchy foods

in most meals. Dairy such

as milk, maas and yoghurt

For a toddler between 12 and 36

months, you need to provide five

small meals per day with starchy

foods in most meals. ”

should be consumed

every day – 500ml is

recommended so that

your child gets sufficient

calcium intake for strong

bones and healthy teeth.

There’s also a list of

nutrient-poor foods that

parents and caregivers

need to stay clear of:

• Avoid tea and coffee as

these drinks contain


• Avoid sugary drinks and

juices which are high in


• Avoid highly processed

and high fat foods

• Avoid salty foods

Registered dietitian

Carey Haupt says, “Under

12 months of age, a

baby’s kidneys are not yet

fully developed. These

types of unsuitable foods

can put strain on the

kidneys. Foods that are

high in sugar and fat can

lead to overweight and

childhood obesity, which

is an increasing problem

in South Africa. Use

herbs for flavour instead

of adding salt. Substitute

clean water in place of

juices and soft drinks that

are high in sugar and can

damage new teeth.”


this introduction of

complementary foods,

mothers should be

supported in continuing

to breastfeed. Parents

can start with offering

their child a pureed

meal (traditional

complementary feeding)

or soft finger foods (baby

led weaning).

Carey says, “It

makes good sense at this

very young age to let

your baby play with their

food. Picking up a stem of

broccoli enables them to

look, feel, smell and taste.

By letting them explore

and interact with new

foods, you may avoid picky

eating later on.” ■

ADSA has released a

series of three short,

informative videos about

complementary feeding

for South African parents

and caregivers. Join the

ADSA dietitian team to

learn more about the

nutrients that babies

require after six months

of age; get tips on how

to make complementary

feeding easy for you, and

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Introducing your baby to new foods can feel like a big

responsibility, but the good news is it really is a lot easier

than you might think. Deciding which foods to put in front

of your child and how to combine them draws a great

deal on the flavour combinations we enjoy as adults, and

thankfully the techniques needed to get the food on the table

are equally as simple.


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Until 6 months of

age milk feeds

are a priority

and solids are

a supplement. After this

solid feeds become more

important and should

be offered before milk

feeds. Watch out for signs

of readiness between 4-6

months. These includeshowing


at your food, more

frequent night waking due

to hunger or decreasing

periods between day feeds

due to hunger.

Do expect milk

intake to decrease as food

volume increases. If your

baby doesn’t want to eat

one day think about why

this could be – are they

teething, tired, unwell, full

up from big milk feeds?

Always respect your baby’s

appetite and don’t push

them – they’ll probably

be back on their food the

following day.

Each baby is

different so there are no set

rules and certainly not one

right way of approaching

introducing solids. This

is merely a guideline until

you find your feet.

Weaning begins with

single fruit or vegetable

purées. When you do

introduce them, do so

one at a time and in small

amounts so that you can

notice and pinpoint any

adverse reactions. Firstly

try foods you know your

baby is fine with, then

leave three days before

you try the next new food.

Gradually introducing


• Choose foods as close to nature as possible – so minimal processing,

additives or added ingredients. Pretend you are living off the land –

what would you have access to and use these as starter foods.

• Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains as unrefined as


• Don’t be afraid of protein foods like eggs, groundnuts, fish and other

animal meats. Early exposure (between 5-7 months of age) to these

protein-rich foods can actually decrease the risk of allergy to these


foods in this way makes it

easier to identify adverse


Start in the

morning when your

baby is not tired and

grumpy preferably after

the first nap of the day.

Start by offering 1 to 3

teaspoons of vegetable

or fruit and increase the

volume per meal, if the

baby finishes it. Appetites

vary considerably from

meal to meal and to other

babies, so be careful not

to compare with the next

child or try to force your

baby to eat more/finish the


Let your baby

play with their food and

generally explore what

they’re eating. A lot more

may come out than goes

in but this is all part of the

process. They may reject

certain flavours initially

but babies may need to try

foods over and over again

before they accept them,

so don’t be disheartened.

You’re laying the

groundwork for a broad

palate later on.

Once your little

one has got the hang of

eating some solids you

can start to get more

creative. Think about

flavour combinations often

found in soups or simple

comfort food dishes. You

can start to add meat and

fish as well as eggs and

dairy as long as there are

no allergy issues. Speak to

your Health Practitioner

if you’re concerned about

any food allergy.

Even if you’re not

hungry, or in a rush,

always try to sit and eat

something with your baby

at each meal as they learn

from what they see. You

don’t have to eat a lot,

and it doesn’t have to be

the same food – though

research shows the same

colour food as theirs can

be helpful!

We all belong to a culture

and our own households

have a culture. Culture

determines many things

and especially when it

comes to food preferences.

It might be the way food is

chosen and prepared. The

way food is eaten and what

foods are avoided all have

an influence from culture.

Food preference also plays

a role. So introducing your

baby to solids is a delicate

dance between cultural

norms, personal choices

and good nutrition.

* Sharing food is one

of life’s pleasures. Join

your baby in their new

adventures with food.

Try not to worry too

much what or how much

actually goes into their

mouth. Experiment with

combinations – some

work better than others,

but there is no right or

wrong as they all offer

different flavours and


nutrients. If you give

them plenty of choice and

variety, the rest will take

care of itself, sometimes

sooner, sometimes

later. Ultimately, you’re

preparing your baby to

eat with you throughout

their childhood and to be

comfortable and confident

to explore the world of

food for themselves. This

is just the beginning. ■

Introducing your baby to solids

is a delicate dance between cultural

norms, personal choices and good

nutrition. ”

Try to resist keeping little hands away from the bowl as

your baby will love to explore the food through touching

and playing with it (as messy as it may be!)

Offer finger foods alongside spoon-fed meals

wherever possible, as self-feeding will help develop your

baby’s dexterity/ fine motor skills, as well as the muscles

they need for chewing. Get your baby used to the idea of a

cup from six months by letting them play with it outside of

mealtimes – when it is empty!

When spoon-feeding your baby have two spoons to

hand – one for baby and one for you. Let them practice

feeding themselves, and whilst they are having a go with

their spoon be ready to load up the next, then swap!

It’s very normal for babies to refuse foods that

they have enjoyed eating before. This can be extremely

frustrating but whatever you do don’t give up trying – keep

on offering refused foods as the repeated exposure will pay

off eventually.

We all belong to a culture and our own households

have a culture. Culture determines many things and

especially when it comes to food preferences. It might be

the way food is chosen and prepared. The way food is eaten

and what foods are avoided all have an influence from

culture. Food preference also plays a role. So introducing

your baby to solids is a delicate dance between cultural

norms, personal choices and good nutrition.

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Head, shoulders

knees 'n toes

The importance of routine

check-ups with your Paediatrician



is a period

of life with

rapid growth

and development. When

it comes to helping your

child to live a happy,

healthy life, yearly checkups

are crucial. Many

parents avoid taking their

children to the doctor if

they aren’t sick, which

actually causes problems in

the long run. The younger

the child the more visits

they require when their

younger. Bringing your

child in for regular exams

helps doctors to understand

what is normal for

your child, so that illnesses

can be diagnosed easily.

Yearly check-ups

offer a wide range of

benefits, including

protecting your child

from illnesses, spotting

developmental problems

early, and tracking your

child’s growth. During

well checks, parents will

also have the opportunity

to talk with their child’s

doctor about eating and

sleeping patterns, so that

they can get tips that could

improve their child’s daily

routine. Annual check-ups

are essential preventive

medical care appointments

that parents should make

a point never to miss.

Although some

parents assume that well

checks aren’t really

necessary, the fact of the

matter is that well checks

are designed to keep your

child healthy. Here is what

to expect when you bring

your child in for a well


Head-To-Toe Physical


Your child’s paediatrician

will conduct a thorough

head to toe examination

of your child. Your child’s

ears, heart, lungs, skin,

and eyes will be checked

during their well exam.

If you have raised concerns

about their health, the

doctor will carefully evaluate

those areas of your

child’s body to check for

problems. This examination

includes a development

assessment to screen

for any problems and make

sure your child is achieving

their developmental milestones

at each stage.


Your child will

also be weighed

and measured during

the appointment

to determine their body

mass index (BMI). These

measurements are used to

determine if your child is a

healthy height and weight,

and to see if they are

following a normal growth

curve. The importance of

the Road to Health Book

will assist your paediatrician

in assessing if your

child is growing appropriately

to their growth curve.


Your child’s health is

a team effort between

parents and their doctors,

which is why the first thing

your child’s paediatrician

will do is talk with you

about your concerns.

Doctors will ask if you

have any questions about

their growth or concerns

about their health, sleep

and diet.


One of the most crucial

things that will happen

during your child’s well

check is immunizations.

Immunizations are

essential for safeguarding

your child from a long list

of serious childhood diseases,

including mumps,

measles, polio, rotavirus,

and many others. If you

have questions about vaccinations,

we encourage you

to discuss them with your

child’s paediatrician.

Well checks are not

only essential for your

child’s health, but they also

give your kid the chance

to interact with doctors

and nurses when they

aren’t feeling sick. For this

reason, parents who bring

children in for well checks

often report a happier,

healthier child who aren’t

nervous around doctors

and nurses.

If you are wondering

when your child is due for

their next well exam, don’t

hesitate to contact your

paediatrician. They would

be more than happy to

look up past appointments,

set up an appointment,

and explain your child’s

vaccination schedule. ■






to reduce your kid's

pandemic stress

Parents are dealing with huge demands on their time and energy.

Children may not be attending school or involved in regular

activities. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on families,

routines have collapsed, patience is wearing thin and self-care is

a distant memory.


This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

Read the original article at TheConversation.com

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Decades of

research have

taught us

that adversity

during childhood has

damaging effects on

health and development.

Many studies have shown

that kids who have

faced abuse, neglect and

family conflict struggle

forming friendships,

have academic difficulties

and face physical and

mental health problems

in adolescence and



developmental scientists

have identified ways to

help children survive and

thrive during times of

adversity. The beneficial

effects of protective and

nurturing experiences

are powerful antidotes to

stress and adversity and

prepare children to cope

with hard times for years

to come.

Families worried

about possible long-term

effects of pandemicrelated

disruption can

learn from these proven

strategies. Here are 10

ways parents can foster

children’s resilience

during challenging times.

1. Connect with one


Make time to talk,

listen and play without

distractions. Be sure

children know they are

loved unconditionally.

This can include taking

breaks to check in during


benefit from relationships

with other grown-ups, like

grandparents and teachers. ”

the day when learning and

working at home, having

a special bedtime routine

that includes talking

about the day, taking

walks together, or playing

favorite games. Making

the effort to connect helps

children know they’re

valued and creates a sense

of security.

2. Support children’s


Think about ways

for children to play

together outdoors, talk

via technology or play a

video game virtually with

friends. Some families

are creating safe zones or

bubbles, where they allow

children to pick a close

friend or two whose family

is practicing recommended

coronavirus precautions

that they can interact with

more closely. Maintaining

friendships gives children

opportunities to learn

from peers and reduces

stress, providing support

and acceptance.

3. Find ways children

can help others

Talk about how others are

also struggling. Encourage

them to donate toys

they’ve outgrown, save

money for a special cause

or help a neighbor with

errands like shopping,

bringing in mail, doing

yardwork or dog-walking.

When you do things for

others in the community,

include your children and

talk about why you do it.

This helps children learn

about the needs of others

and cultivates empathy.

4. Help children stay

involved in clubs or


Some groups that work

well during a pandemic

include outdoor Scouting,

Zoom clubs and other

special-interest clubs such

as outdoor sports, fishing,

hiking or biking. Being

part of a group helps

children feel a sense of

belonging and promotes

identity development. It

can also help build morals

and values and even

promote academic success.

5. Stay in touch with

important adults

Children benefit from

relationships with

other grown-ups, like

grandparents and teachers.

They can be another

source of support and

someone to talk to about

problems or successes.

They’re particularly

important when parents

are unavailable due to

work or other obligations.

Help kids stay connected

through Zoom, email,

phone calls, FaceTime

and special activities like

outdoor events. Some

social media groups have

targeted programs to link

children with others to

play games or chat.

6. Keep up with


Boredom is a parent’s

worst enemy. Having

an enjoyable hobby is

rewarding for kids; it

provides engaging leisure

time and opportunities

to master something.

Such activities provide

connections with others,

can teach discipline and

how to manage one’s

emotions and behavior,

and promote self-esteem.

Explore art, music,

science projects, writing,

chess and other hobbies

that develop physical,

artistic and intellectual

skills while providing

hours of enjoyment.

7. Be physically active

Make exercise a part of

family routines. Take

walks or ride bikes,

play active video games

like Wii, go to the park,

stretch or do yoga

together. Exercise has

many of the same benefits

as hobbies. It also helps

children handle the

physical effects of stress

on the body and improves

mood and mental health.

8. Create routines

Routines are a powerful

nonverbal signal to

children’s brains that they

are safe and that life is

predictable. Keeping a

routine can reduce the

number of conflicts, and

children know what to

do and expect during

different points of the day.

Create and display

(together, ideally) daily

or weekly calendars with

words or pictures that

remind children when

learning, playing, resting,

sleeping and eating

activities occur. Invent

little rituals that comfort as

well as accomplish goals,

especially at bedtime: read,

tell stories, sing a special

song, say a prayer or list

loved ones. Such activities

ensure better sleep than

allowing children to drift

off watching a video.

Children may push back

if they’ve gotten used to

less structure during the

day, but most will welcome

knowing what to


9. Keep



for learning


involvement in

schooling varies

widely duringthe

pandemic, with

some hardly affected and

others learning entirely at

home. Virtual schooling

requires parents to be

more involved than before

– monitoring assignments,

checking in during the day

and seeking help when

children are struggling.

While schoolwork

is indeed important, not

all learning takes place

in class. Involve children

in opportunities to learn

during everyday tasks such

as cooking (measuring,

timing), gardening,

shopping (figuring sales

prices, adding), and games

(cards, dominoes, board

games) that build memory

and thinking skills. Read

with your child every day.

Depending on the level of

the book, you can read to

your child or take turns

reading pages.

10. Maintain a healthy

and safe home

In addition to maintaining

COVID-19 precautions,

make nutritious meals,

declutter and organize

toys, games, hobby

supplies and learning

materials. Find ways

Make exercise

a part of family

routines. It helps

children handle

physical effects of

stress on the body ”

to involve children

in preparing meals,

organizing their

work and play

spaces, cleaning up

after activities, and

sharing in conversations

about family rules. Chaos

and clutter are the enemies

of calm. Creating safe

and orderly spaces helps

children manage stress.

Eating healthy foods

together benefits physical

and mental health.

Parenting in the time

of coronavirus

Many parents naturally

do the things listed above.

However, with increased

stress and demands on

time, these activities are

difficult to maintain. Now

is a good time to pick a few

of these strategies and get

back on track.

Every family is

different, and what’s

appropriate differs by

children’s ages, whether

infants and toddlers,

school-age children or

teens and young adults.

But adjusted for age and

circumstances, these triedand-true

techniques can

help youngsters make it

through tough times and

come out the other side

OK. ■

Amanda Sheffield Morris

is a professor of human

development and family

science at Oklahoma State


Jennifer Hays-Grudo is

a professor of psychiatry

and behavioral sciences

at Oklahoma State


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5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

As parents, one

of your top

priorities is

the safety and

well-being of your children.

With all the potential

pitfalls of day-to-day life,

however, navigating the

risks can be difficult.

These everyday safety

tips can help you navigate

everything from car seat

safety to baby-proofing and

safe sleep, keeping your

child out of harm’s way as

much as possible from birth

through his or her toddler


Car Seat Safety

• Always use a valid

(typically less than 6 years

old), federally approved car

seat in motor vehicles.

• Ensure the seat is properly

installed. Refer to the

instruction manual with

any questions.

• If you use an infant

carrier, strap your child

in on the floor, never a

counter or tabletop.

• For at least the first two

years of your child’s life, the

car seat should be rearfacing.

• The safest location for a

car seat is in the middle of

the back seat.

Choking Prevention

• Avoid giving your child

nuts, popcorn, hard

candies, hot dogs and raw

fruits and vegetables, such

as grapes or carrots, that

may present a choking


• Never prop up a bottle

and leave your baby


• Inspect toys often to

ensure they’re not broken

and do not have small

pieces that could easily

become detached.

• Be cautious of strings and

buttons on clothing.

Safe Sleep

• The safest place for your

baby to sleep is on his or

her back, which reduces

the risk for Sudden Infant

Death Syndrome (SIDS).

• Avoid placing anything in

the crib or bassinet

that may suffocate your

child, such as pillows,

blankets or bumpers.

• Keep your child’s room

at a moderate temperature

and dress him or her

appropriately to avoid


• Never leave your baby

alone on a bed, couch,

changing table, swing or

infant seat.

Water Safety

• Test the temperature of

bath water before setting

your baby in the tub.

• Never leave your baby

unattended in the


• Keep toilet lids down

and consider installing

toilet lid locks.


• Install smoke and carbon

monoxide detectors on

every level of your home

and in every sleeping area.

• Secure cords on blinds

and drapes out of reach.

• Keep sharp objects, such

as knives, scissors and

tools, and other hazardous

items, like coins, beads and

pins, in a secure place out

of baby’s reach.

• Store cleaning products

and medications in locked

cabinets. Never store

potentially toxic substances

in containers that could be

mistaken for food or drink.

• Cover all electrical


• Cushion hard edges and

sharp corners of furniture

and decor.

• Secure cords to electrical

items along baseboards

using electrical tape.

• Attach heavy or tall

furniture to the wall and

avoid placing items that

could fall, like electronics

or lamps, on top of dressers

or shelves.

• Install safety gates with

straight, vertical slats

securely in front of all

stairwells. ■

Find more tips and ideas

to keep your children safe

at home and on the go, at



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sleep quality

Here's what to do

and what to avoid.




If you have difficulty

getting a good night’s

sleep, you’re not

alone. Some degree of

insomnia is reported in as

many as 30% of all adults.

The reality is though,

that sleep is a critical

ingredient for our health

and wellness – both

mentally and emotionally.

Poor sleep quality

and too little sleep are

associated with several

health issues and put

you at greater risk of

developing certain

lifestyle-related diseases.

On the other hand, good,

solid sleep improves

pretty much every

function in the body,

reduces the impact of

stress and slows down the

aging process.

Here are 8 ways you

can improve the

quality and amount

of Sleep:

Develop a sleep


Start getting ready for bed

at the same time every

night. Follow a simple

bedtime routine that helps

you wind down from the

day and begins to prepare

you for rest. Ways to do

this are to avoid using

your phone and other

electronics for at least 2

hours before turning in.

Try having a nice relaxing

bath with essential oils

such as lavender or ylangylang.

Turn the lights

down in your bathroom

and bedroom so they’re

not as bright.

Keep your bedroom


Sleep quality is

improved in a slightly

cool environment. An

overly warm room can

artificially keep your body

temperature higher which

can interfere with your

ability to fall asleep and

stay asleep. You’ll have

to play around with the

temperature to find what

works for you, but usually

somewhere around 20-

22°C is ideal.

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol may help you fall

asleep, but sleep quality is

compromised. Research

shows that alcohol makes

sleep less restful and you’ll

wake up more often during

the night, even if you don’t

remember it. Women are

also more affected than


Darken the room

Ideally, you want to be

sleeping in as close to

a pitch-black room as

possible. Use black-out

curtains and blinds to

prevent light entering

the room, and remove all

sources of light within

the room such as digital

alarm-clocks, stand-by

‘eyes’ on TVs etc. If you

sleep with your phone or

tablet close by, make sure

it is placed face down so

it does not disturb you

during the night.

Get at least 7-9 hours

in, every night

Research shows that

sleeping less than 6 hours

a night is associated

with a number of health

risks such as increased

blood pressure, Insulin

resistance, weight gain,

anxiety and depression.

Ensure you get

enough vitamin

B6, calcium and


Vitamin B6 is needed to

synthesize melatonin,

which is vital to sleep.

Calcium deficiency has

been shown to increase

the amount of time it takes

to fall asleep. Magnesium

intake is associated with

the ability to stay asleep.

How is your Mattress?

Even the best quality

mattresses lose their

supportive capacity over

time. Make sure that

you are caring for your

mattress in whichever

way the manufacturer

recommends; and consider

replacing it at least every

10 years.

Avoid exercising

within 3 hours of


While exercise is a

fantastic way to improve

the quality of sleep, studies

have shown that exercising

in the late afternoon and

evening can interfere with

your ability to fall asleep.

Try to plan exercise in the

morning or around lunch

time if possible. ■

Lauren is a Fertility

Coach, Integrative Health

Practitioner and Founder

of Functional Fertility

International. Lauren

specializes in Fertility

and Women’s Wellness in

her online practice. She is

based in Cape Town where

she lives with her husband

and daughter.



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7 Benefits of

green tea

Green tea, made from the

plant Camellia Sinensis,

originated in China but

now its production is

spread across the globe.

But it’s more than just a

tea because it has many

medicinal properties.

Various studies have

proven several of its health

benefits, ranging from

better digestion to helping

with Alzheimer’s.

It is one of the less

processed teas of the

world because of which

it has antioxidants and

polyphenols, which help

to keep us healthy in many

ways. We all know that.

But do you know the exact

benefits of green tea? No?

Let’s find out.

There are many

green tea brands available

in the market, but to

find out which is the best

among all is quite hectic.

Although the benefits of

drinking green tea are the

same, the thing that really

matters is the quality.


Helps improve

brain function

Green tea is more than

just a beverage to keep

you hydrated, it also helps

improve brain function.

That’s because of the

amount of caffeine present

in this tea.

It doesn’t contain

as much caffeine as coffee

does but just enough to

keep its benefits. And that’s

not the only compound it

has. There’s a compound

called L-theanine in

it along with amino.

All three of them work

together to help your

neurons function better.


May help burn fat

Green tea may

increase the metabolic

rate of your body and help

the fat burn faster. Several

studies have shown that

this type of tea increases

calorie burning rate while

some show increase in

fat oxidation. Other

studies show several of the

benefits but don’t mention

anything about fat

burning, so it might also

depend on an individual’s

body functions as well.

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Helps protect

against cancer

Oxidative damage can lead

to chronic inflammation

in turn leading to chronic

diseases like cancer. But

as mentioned above,

green tea is abundant

in antioxidants. These

antioxidants help to shield

your body against cancer.

Research shows drinking

green tea might reduce the

risk of cancers like breast

cancer, prostate cancer,

colorectal cancer, etc. since

the people who drink it

regularly are less likely to

develop several types of



It has also been proven

to help with diseases

like Alzheimer's and

Parkinson's by increasing

the capacity of our brain

functions ”

Helps against


It helps in digestion by

making it better, plus helps

with the neurons in your

brain through autoxidation

which keeps your blood

and body healthy. When

your body is healthy from

the inside, it tends to look

healthy from the outside.

The antioxidants

help protect your skin’s

collagen from sun damage

and other aging signs. Also

the antioxidant named

ECGC present in green

tea also helps in reducing

wrinkles by increasing cell

turnover, which makes you

look younger as well.


Helps prevents

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is caused

by insulin resistance or

the inability to produce it

in the first place. Several

studies show that green

tea improves insulin

sensitivity and reduces

blood sugar levels, which

helps reduce your risks of

getting type 2 diabetes.

A study consisting of

Japanese individuals stated

that green tea drinkers had

almost 42% less risk of

getting type 2 diabetes.



Helps reduce


When it comes to heartrelated

diseases, they’re

the leading cause of death

worldwide. Diseases

like stroke and other

heart diseases are mostly

because of the cholesterol

instability in our body.

And several studies

prove green tea to be

one of the solutions.

It improves your total

cholesterol levels and

LDL cholesterol levels

along with increasing

antioxidant capacity of

the blood which reduces

your risk of dying from

a stroke or any other

cardiovascular disease.


Increases memory

As we grow old, the

memory becomes a major

issue for us. We tend to

forget stuff easily. It can

be natural or because

of diseases. But several

studies state that green

tea increases the cognitive

functions of the brain,

hence proving to be a good

treatment for memory

issues and disorders like

dementia. It has also

been proven to help with

diseases like Alzheimer’s

and Parkinson’s by

increasing the capacity of

our brain functions.

There are several

other benefits of green

tea aside from these 7 like

improving skin conditions,

improving arthritis, and

preventing dental cavities

along with chronic fatigue.

And these are only the

ones that have been

studied. There are several

more studies happening

to find out all the possible

usage. So, we suggest

that you start drinking it

regularly to keep yourself

healthy and protect

yourself against several

diseases. ■


Daily Women’s Multivit contains

vitamins B, C, D & E to assist with the

body’s essential activities. It also

contains Amla which is an antioxidant

that assists in improving skin tone,

boosting the immune system and

detoxing the body.

Cranberry may assist in the prevention

of UTI’S, promote heart health and

improve blood sugar levels. Folic Acid

assists in producing and maintaining

new cells.

Daily Men’s Multivit contains vitamins

A, B, C, D & E to assist with the body’s

essential activities. Lycopene assists with

sun protection and may improve his

heart health.

CO-Q10 has antioxidant properties and

assists with high blood pressure. Zinc

boosts his immune system and

decreases inflammation.

Probi-Tum Probiotic contains 1 billion

probiotic cultures for gut health. It

prevents tummy bloating, assists with

acid reflux and heart burn. Probi-Tum

assists with the treatment of IBS and

balances gut flora which may boost


Incredible Immunity is packed with the

right botanicals to boost the immune

system and assist with symptom relief.

Elderberry assists with cold and flu

symptoms and may aid in allergy relief.

Echinacea has beneficial effects on the

immune system and may reduce


Ivy leaf assists with the relief from

coughing and congestion, it may also

assist in breaking down mucus.

Vitamin C assists in strengthening the

body’s natural defences.


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for everyday illness


solutions for

some common




For nighttime relief, try drinking

a cup of soothing chamomile

tea half an hour to an hour

before bed. Chamomile tea

is widely recognized for its

calming properties, and it

promotes deep sleep. It also

fights inflammation and helps

balance acidity levels in

the stomach to maintain a

healthy gut.

Green Tea


This spice has been hyped as

being able to help with a variety

of conditions from arthritis to fatty

liver. There is some early research to

support this. Other claims, such as

healing ulcers and helping with skin

rashes after radiation are lacking

proof. If you try it, don’t overdo it: High

doses can cause digestive problems.


It’s been used for thousands

of years in Asian medicine

to treat stomachaches,

diarrhea, and nausea, and

studies show that it works

for nausea and vomiting.

There’s some evidence

that it might help with

menstrual cramps, too. But

it’s not necessarily good for

everyone. Some people get

tummy trouble, heartburn,

diarrhea, and gas because

of it, and it may affect how

some medications work. So

talk to your doctor, and use

it with care.


Some studies show that people

who eat more garlic are less likely to

get certain types of cancer (garlic

supplements don’t seem to have the

same effect). It also may lower blood

cholesterol and blood pressure levels,

but it doesn’t seem to help that much.

This comforting drink

does more than keep you

awake and alert. It’s a great

source of some powerful

antioxidants that can protect

your cells from damage

and help you fight disease.

It may even lower your odds

of heart disease and certain

kinds of cancers, like skin,

breast, lung, and colon.



Mint has been used for hundreds of

years as a health remedy. Peppermint oil

might help with irritable bowel syndrome

-- a long-term condition that can cause

cramps, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and

constipation -- and it may be good

for headaches as well. More studies

are needed to see how much it helps

and why. People use the leaf for other

conditions, too, but there’s very little

evidence it helps with any of them.


A headache caused by

summer heat is cured by

consuming watermelon

juice. Just one glass a

day works wonders!

Licorice is a lesser-known home remedy for acid reflux in

this part of the world, but the natural form of the root (not

the red version sold at convenience stores) can calm

symptoms. The easiest way to benefit from this option is

to buy deglycyrrhizinated licorice root or DGL. The tablets

do not contain glycyrrhizic acid, which can be potentially

dangerous. They are available in most health food stores

and are a natural solution for ulcers.

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Pickled Fish

It's a tradition in most homes in South

Africa and we get to peek into this

Capetonian's recipe book for a

delicious dish of pickled fish



• 1kg hake or fish of choice,


• 4 large onions

• 2 cups vinegar brown or


• 1/4 cup water

• 1cup sugar

• 50gr fish pickle spice

• 2 Bay leaves

• 2Tbs car tw right curr y powder

• Salt and black pepper to taste

• 1 cup oil for frying or baking


• 1cup flour of choice to dip



Use a curry powder brand of your

choice, making sure that it is spicy,

hot or mild — according to the

taste you desire.



• Clean the fish and pat it dry.

• Add salt and black pepper to

fish and dip it into flour.

• Pour oil into a pan and allow oil

to heat well.

• Place the fish into the pan and

fry for 5 mins on each side.

Alternatively, bake your fish in

the oven until golden brown.

• Remove the fish from the pan

and place it into a deep glass



• Add sliced onions, vinegar,

water, spices, sugar and bay

leaves together and cook until

the onions are tender yet crispy.

• Pour the sauce into the glass

dish, while the sauce is still

hot. Allow the sauce to seep

inbetween the fish.

• Allow the mixture to stand for 1

to 2 days.

• Serve with a potato salad,

tossed salad or any other salad

of your choice.


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Fish curry

For those who might not celebrate Easter

or who do not enjoy pickled fish — this

delicious fish curry will warm up your

Easter weekend.


• 500g skinned & filleted hake

• Sea salt & freshly ground

black pepper, to taste

• 3tsp curry powder

• 2 garlic gloves, grated

• 1 x 2cm piece fresh ginger

peeled & grated

• 4tbsp olive oil

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 1 sweet red pepper, finely


• 1 400g canned choppped


• Fresh coriander, a handful,

chopped plus extra to


• 2 limes, juiced

• 3/4 cup coconut milk

• Steamed rice for serving


Use hot or mild curry powder as you wish,

according to your taste. Any leftover

coconut milk will remain fresh for a month in

the fridge and also freezes well.


• Cut the fish into fairly large


• Mix the fish with a little

seasoning, the curry powder,

garlic & ginger. Set aside.

• Heat 3tbsp olive oil in a large


• Add the onion & pepper &

cook gently until softened,

but still pale.

• Add the remaining oil & the


• Stir to coat well & simmer for

3 minutes.

• Add the tomatoes, coriander

& half the citrus juice.

• Simmer, uncovered for 5

minutes or until slightly


• Pour in the coconut milk &

simmer for 5 minutes or until

the fish is just cooked.

• Add the remaining citrus


• Check the seasoning.

• Garnish with coriander &

serve with the rice.

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The South African Bone

Marrow Registry (SABR)

is urging people of colour

to get tested to save the life

of 14-month-old Gracelyn

‘Gracey’ Green from


To help by becoming a donor,

contact the SABMR on 021 447

8638. Or email them at

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donations can also be made

toward the registry’s Patient

Assistance Programme via







Little Gracey was

diagnosed in August

last year with juvenile


leukaemia (JMML) – a

rare cancer of the blood

that affects young children,

and her only chance of

survival is a stem cell


Zaahier Isaacs,

Acting Head of Patient

Services for the SABMR,

said Gracey is classified as

an emergency transplant

case which means there’s

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“In most cases,

family members, especially

siblings, are generally

most suitable, but even

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are lucky enough to find

a suitable match among

their relatives. That’s why

we must cast the net wider

to the public to find the

best possible match.

“Due to the family’s

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all testing and collection

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Everything is in place.

Now we just need a donor

match,” Isaacs said.

To register as a

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free of charge.

Brave little Gracey

has already endured three

rounds of chemotherapy,

but it has been


While relatives try

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the family has had to

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On June 4, 2021,

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Gracey was only five

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The brave young

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Gracey now only

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Erasmus, and her aunt,

Lizel Solomons, who has

taken her as her own.

Erasmus said it was

hard coming to terms with

Shanique’s death, and

hearing Gracey’s diagnosis

on top of that was just too

much to bear.

The young father

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ascertain how long his

daughter would live.

“Doctors aren’t

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but our focus right now is

to find the best match. The

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her survival rate after the

procedure,” Erasmus said.

Solomons said

symptoms first appeared in

July when she noticed the

baby’s unusually swollen


She immediately

followed her gut and took

Gracey to a doctor, an

ambulance was dispatched,

and they were rushed

to Red Cross Memorial

Children’s Hospital.

Solomons said

she knew something was

terribly wrong.

“A series of tests

showed that Gracey had

an enlarged spleen, liver

and lymph nodes, which

eventually led to a JMML

diagnosis. It happens when

certain white blood cells,

Days before she was six

months old, Gracey lost her

mother, 20-year-old Shanique

Green in a house fire.

called monocytes and

myelocytes, don’t mature

as they should. This can

either happen suddenly

or can be associated with

other genetic disorders in

some children. In Gracey’s

case, it’s linked to the


“Since the diagnosis,

she’s been on several

chemotherapy drugs to

slow the spread of cancer

cells and has undergone

chemo without any

improvement, so now our

only hope is a stem cell

transplant,” Solomons said.

Gracey started

her chemotherapy in

November, but in between,

the young girl has been

hospitalised several times

due to infections, growing

ulcers and blood ulcers.

The brave little

girl even spent her first

birthday and New Year’s in


“According to her

doctors, she has pain all

the time. Her body aches,

and she might not always

cry because her brain has

already been wired to cope

with the pain.

Solomons, who is

also a mother to a young

boy, is pleading with

members of the public to

assist in getting Gracey

the help she needs by

registering as a donor.

“My plea is

to everyone in our

community to help find

a donor for our little

angel. There’s a match

waiting for Gracey, but

time is running out. We

need every single person

who can, to register as a

donor. If anyone deserves

a second chance, Gracey


According to

the SABMR, people of

colour are heavily underrepresented

in the registry,

and it is therefore much

more difficult for patients

with a diverse ethnic

heritage to find a matching


Isaacs says Gracey’s

chance of finding a match

is about one in 100 000,

but the SABMR remains


“The likelihood

of people from mixed

ethnic backgrounds

finding a successful match

is a mere 37% compared

to patients from European

descent whose chances are


“The procedure to

donate stem cells is noninvasive

and takes less

than a few minutes to sign

up on our website: https://

sabmr.co.za/. Anyone in

good health, between

the ages of 16 and 45 can

register,” he said.

Cape Town

residents and those in

surrounding areas are

encouraged to sign up to

help save Gracey’s life. ■

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