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Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant or breastfeeding can cause a lot of harm to your baby

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:52 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Alchohol can hurt your baby's brain and cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

A child with FAS is brain damaged for life. There is no cure for FAS. Your child will have big problems with learning and will not be able to live a normal life.

It is never too late to stop drinking, even if you are already pregnant.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Talk to your health care worker or doctor about giving up alcohol.

Breast is best! Breast milk contains nutrients – it helps newborns fight infection and develops their immune systems

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:51 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

There is a less than 1% chance of transmitting HIV via breastfeeding while on ARVs.

Formula feeding is another feeding option. Although formula feeding will eliminate the risk of transmitting HIV via feeding, it also places the baby at risk of developing other serious life threatening infections.

Feeding infants pre-chewed food (food which you have partially chewed in your mouth) is not recommended.

Opportunity knocks for UCT student’s scholarship to Yale

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:33 -- 01451452
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Despite having a busy schedule and going through a rigourous selection process, Babatunde’s never ending determination resulted in him being chosen as UCT’s Fox Fellow for 2018/19.
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TB is a lung infection and is spread by coughing

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:12 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

TB usually harms the lungs, but can also spread to the brain and cause meningitis. The tummy, bones and lymph nodes can also be harmed by TB.

TB is very common in Cape Town. You can catch TB by breathing in someone else's cough.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You can avoid catching TB if you stay away from people who are coughing and might have TB, especially if they are not on TB treatment.

If you are HIV-positive you are more likely to catch TB

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:10 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Being HIV-positive makes your immune system weak. The immune system is the part of your body that fights infections such as TB.

You are more likely to catch TB if you are HIV-positive, because your body's defenses are not working.

Also, TB can spread more easily from your lungs to the rest of your body if you have are HIV-positive. This can cause TB in your brain (meningitis) and also TB of in your bones and lymph nodes.

It is very important to take all your TB medicine, even if you have to take it for a long time

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:10 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

If you are being treated for the first time for TB, your treatment will last for six months.

If you are being treated for the second time for TB, your treatment will last for eight months.

This may seem like a long time, but to be cured from TB you must take the TB treatment for the right amount of time.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Take all of your TB medication. Do not stop taking your TB medication.

Breast is best! Breast milk contains nutrients – it helps newborns fight infection and develops their immune systems

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:08 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

There is a less than 1% chance of transmitting HIV via breastfeeding while on ARVs.

Formula feeding is another feeding option. Although formula feeding will eliminate the risk of transmitting HIV via feeding, it also places the baby at risk of developing other serious life threatening infections.

Feeding infants pre-chewed food (food which you have partially chewed in your mouth) is not recommended.

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