The best medical aid for families in SA

Finding the best medical aid for families is something that requires a lot of research and comparison. But if you feel like you’re in over your head, we’re here to lend you a helping hand. Take a look at our roundup of the best health care insurance options for you and your family.   Best medical aid for families – which ones are the cheapest? When you take a look at the premiums payable, FedHealth comes in as the medical aid that offers the best value for families. When you consider overall health and longevity at a solvency level, membership growth, and net healthcare results, Discovery is the best medical aid for families in SA. Now, more than ever, families are looking at the price but also considering what they’re forfeiting for a lower premium.   Even though we have a wide variety of service providers, here are the five options for best medical aid for families: Discovery FedHealth Medshield Momentum Bonitas   How to choos…
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Mall piercings are not okay, and here’s why

A lot of parents turn to the quick and easy mall piercings option when it comes to their daughter’s piercings. Most of us had our ears pierces in the mall when we were kids, but apparently, it’s really not safe. Let’s take a look at why you need to get it done by a professional instead of a nasty old gun.   The problem with mall piercings Most mall piercings are done with a piercing gun, which works much the same as an office stapler. A stud is placed in the gun, and the trigger is pulled to push the earring through the ear lobe using blunt force. With a piercing gun, the ear isn’t really pierced at all, but rather punctured. Which hurts. A lot.   Aside from the obvious issue with pain, a piercing gun is much less sterile than needles used in professional piercing parlours.   Couple that with the fact that most mall piercings are done by barely-trained staff and you face a bunch of hygiene risks, misplaced piercings, and a major possibility of in…
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Most common allergic conditions in kids

From household chemicals to dust mites and food, allergic conditions in kids are caused by a variety of factors. In this post, we’ll be taking a quick look at 4 of the most common allergies, and what causes them, so you have a better idea of how to treat them.   The four most common allergic conditions in kids Asthma Asthma is a respiratory condition where the airways of the lungs are inflamed. Most asthma sufferers have sensitive airways that get inflamed when they’re exposed to triggers like pollen and dust. When the airways are irritated, sticky mucus forms inside them, causing them to narrow down. Depending on the severity of the attack, symptoms may vary. They’re also worse during certain seasons and times of the day.   Common symptoms: Coughing Wheezing Chest tightness Shortness of breath Limitation of activities   Dermatitis Atopic eczema (also known as dermatitis) is an itchy, allergic skin rash characterised by pink patc…
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All about adult vaccines

Vaccines are not just for babies, although most people tend to forget that. Adult vaccines are super important as they help prevent the spread of infectious and potentially deadly diseases. As adults, we benefit greatly from booster vaccines that enhance the effect of immunisations we had during our childhood years. Recently developed vaccines can also prevent or decrease the severity of ailments likely to be encountered later on in life. So what are these adult vaccines we’re talking about? Read on to find out!   Adult vaccines most of us need in our lives HPV The Human Papillomavirus vaccine is suitable for women between the ages of 11 and 27. It protects against the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections out there. Meningococcal vaccine The Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against organisms that cause meningitis. Infants and pre-teens usually get this vaccine. During the early adult years, yo…
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Everything you need to know about dental trauma in kids

Everyday slips, falls and scraped knees are a fact of childhood that most parents are too familiar with. But it can be hard to determine whether or not an injury warrants actual medical attention. And in the case of dental trauma, it’s really easy to miss. But dental trauma injuries impact a kid’s confidence if they have a tooth knocked out. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 16% to 40% of kids between the ages of six and twelve get dental injuries each year. Roughly 50% of all kids have some sort of dental trauma injury during their childhood years.   Advice on dealing with dental trauma in kids Chipped or broken teeth Minor injuries like chipped, broken and cracked teeth require a visit to the dentist as soon as possible. Depending on how bad the injury is, treatment may include anything from bonding t extraction.   Loose teeth If your kid has a loose or wobbly tooth following a dental trauma injury, it’s always best to have it checked o…
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Bacteria hotspots in your home

You probably know how your toilet is one of the biggest bacteria hotspots in your home, but it isn’t the only germ-packed space in your nest. If you’re somewhat of a germophobe, this article will probably rub you in all the wrong ways. But still, you need to know what’s lurking in your home. Here’s a quick guide to areas in your home that crawl with bacteria and other harmful microbes you never knew were hiding out there!   A roundup of the biggest bacteria hotspots in your home The kitchen sink This is one of the worst breeding spots for household germs. Pathogens have a feast when there is leftover food in the plates after a family meal. Sinks serve as illness-causing bacteria like E.coli and salmonella.   Dishcloths You expose your dish sponges and rags to all the bacteria and germs lurking in your kitchen on a daily basis. These materials are porous and usually wet, making them the ideal habitat for germs.   Toothbrushes You use these things t…
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How to prevent tooth decay in kids

There’s arguably nothing cuter than a kid’s toothy smile. But that precious smile can easily be turned upside down by cavities. So how can parents prevent tooth decay in kids? Here’s some advice on how to prevent cavities before they take over your kid’s beautiful smile.   What causes tooth decay in kids? Although proper brushing and flossing will help prevent cavities, decay can be caused by a variety of factors. These include: Food Lollipops and toffees aren’t the only tooth decay culprits. Anything your kid eats can basically lead to tooth decay. Kids that graze more frequently are also obviously more prone to developing cavities than kids who don’t.   Beverages Soft drinks, juices, sports drinks and even milk can all cause cavities. When kids frequently contain drinks (other than water), they teeth become coated in those drinks. This results in acid-producing bacteria settling in the grooves and pits of your kiddo’s teeth. Eventually, it will lead to c…
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Water safety tips for new swimmers

With South Africa’s great year-round weather, it’s almost commonplace for families to spend most of their time in the pool. Among kids aged 1-4, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death. The fact of the matter is that water safety tips for new swimmers are grossly underrated, and not nearly enough people take it seriously. In this post, we’ll take a quick look at some of the basics.   Basic water safety tips for new swimmers Don’t just “play it cool” when entering the water Your kid needs to stick to a protocol before entering the pool. This will teach our child that the pool isn’t for spontaneous use and has to be approached in the right way. This can also help reduce the chances of your kid going for a “quick dip” without you knowing about it.   Your kid can’t decide when to enter the pool Give your kid a verbal cue he needs to listen out for before he can go into the pool. You need this as an additional barrier of entry. Jumping into the pool re…
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Choosing a new medical aid for your family

It can be tough choosing a new medical aid. And since the contributions can take up a good chunk of your salary every month, it’s essential that you invest in the best. But how do you know your choice is the right one? Here’s what you need to consider.   Tips and tricks for choosing a new medical aid Decide between full cover and a hospital plan If you can afford day-to-day medical expenses and medical visits, a hospital plan might be all you need. They’re much more affordable and provide you with all the in-hospital benefits you could ever need. They’re not exactly great for families, but it’s something you’ll have to decide as a unit.   Assess your health Do you or any member of your family have chronic health conditions? If so, you definitely need full medical cover instead of a hospital plan. If you’re generally healthy but have dental or eye problems, make sure you pick a scheme that covers you for these conditions.   Consider your finances C…
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Soothing the symptoms of chickenpox

When your kid falls victim to the crazy itching, it’s normal to want to do anything that will help with soothing the symptoms of chickenpox. Each year, more than 3.5 million kids are affected by the disease, but it’s a virus that has to naturally run its course. That also means that it can last anywhere from five to ten days. And that short period can feel like a lifetime for kids and their parents. In this article, we’ll be giving you some practical advice on how to make life a little easier for your kiddo id he or she has chickenpox.   Tips and tricks for soothing the symptoms of chickenpox Go for acetaminophen The chickenpox virus has typical virus symptoms such as headaches, fever, fatigue and muscle aches. If your kid is in discomfort, give them some Tylenol according to the dosage information on the bottle. Don’t give them anti-inflammatory painkiller like ibuprofen though as it can make your kid very sick.   Try soaks to reduce itching Soothing the s…
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