Breathing symptoms: the subtle signs to watch for

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Mother checking temperature and breathing of her sick child

Over the last few weeks my family has been battling the usual “change of season” colds, viruses, heavy breathing and coughs. The fluctuating temperatures can be a trigger for young, sensitive airways and for those with Asthma.  All too often in my career I have seen people miss the early and sometimes subtle breathing symptoms that indicate the severity of their asthma/illness. If this happens then they tire quickly, breathing worsens and a worrying hospital … Read More

The WHAT of burn first aid

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burn prevention

I have recently had a little run of accidently burning myself…. Once on the grill and once on the iron.  I can hear you saying perhaps you shouldn’t cook, and definitely don’t iron!! But in all seriousness, it made me think of the many patients that I have seen over the years that have not applied appropriate first aid to a burn and then ended up with painful blistering and sometimes infection. It also made … Read More

Childhood scrapes and grazes: what is the right first aid?

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The holiday season is here!!  The weather is warm, kids are playing, the bikes, scooters and skates are out….  some might even be learning to ride a bike for the first time.  Unless you wrap them in cottonwool, wounds, grazes and scrapes are a part of childhood that can’t be avoided.  Instead, it’s best to keep up to date with the best way to manage them. Over the years the first aid advice for wound … Read More

Drowning: prevention is the BEST first aid

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drowning prevention

Our children had their first swim of the season in our pool yesterday which means summer is just around the corner (woohoo)! I know that water safety is always important, but at this time of the year is always a little bit more on my mind. Sadly 280 people drowned in Australian water during the period 2015-2016. Last summer 14 children died in backyard swimming pools. So, it’s no wonder water safety is on my … Read More