Lonette De Vries, a registered occupational therapist in Robertson, has been kind enough to suggest a few developmental exercises you can do with your baby in the first few months of life. Have fun!
Routine follow-up visits
Follow-up visits of high risk infants and children with chronic diseases are individualised. Routine follow-up of your healthy baby, infant, toddler or child is recommended at the following ages:
6 Months (especially for first-time parents)
Yearly after age 2
The idea behind routine follow-up visits is to see the children when they are well and capable of being screened for developmental problems. Time is spent on the little things. Advice on nutrition, supplementation, prevention of common childhood problems and immunization is provided. A quick systemic examination is performed and all measurements are assessed. Time to bring in the little list of questions you have compiled over the last few months!
If your baby is jaundiced, be sure to know when your paediatrician would like you to have the jaundice test to be repeated. In general, if the jaundice test was done on the day of discharge from hospital, it is recommended to have it repeated within the next 48 hours. It is also recommended to repeat testing if your baby is still jaundiced after 2 weeks.
Feeding And General Baby Care
If you experience any feeding difficulties or if you have any questions regarding routine care of your baby, please contact Sr Anelle Greyling on 083 564 6722 for feeding advice and support.
Regular Weighing Of Your Baby
It is recommended that you have your baby weighed regularly in the first few weeks – weekly initially for the first 2–4 weeks and then biweekly thereafter.
If Dr Stander attended to your baby after his or her birth in hospital, you will be contacted to arrange a follow-up visit at the practice within 5 days of discharge from hospital, as well as an appointment for a routine check-up at 6 weeks, usually arranged for the same day you have a check-up with your obstetrician.
Routine immunizations are done at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks in the first few months of your baby’s life. This is irrespective of whether your baby was born prematurely or at term. The practice will arrange for your baby’s immunizations at our in-house immunization clinic, Kleinding Kliniek.
It is recommended to have your baby’s hearing tested after birth. The hearing test can be arranged with the following audiologists in Worcester :
Elda Van Dijk 082 331 8889 (66 Fairbairn Street)
Ula Rabie 023 347 4176 (30 Russell Street)
Helmien Van Rooyen 072 179 8486
If you have any further questions or experience any problem not addressed above, be sure to give the practice a call – we will gladly assist you.
Office hours 08h00-16h30 023 342 2333
After hours 079 294 3199