Allergies: your whirlwind tour

KarynAllergy, Childhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Food allergy. Allergic food on wooden background.

In Australia, over half a million people have a diagnosed food allergy. We have one of the highest rates of food allergies with an astounding 1 in 10 babies born developing food allergies. The medical research into this area is promising, but currently our best defence to help protect people with allergies is through raise community awareness and understanding.  As a Nurse, a First Aid Trainer and a Mother of a child with multiple food allergies … Read More

First aid: when is the right time to teach children

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Kids doing resuscitation training on medical dummy during first aid course

Parents often ask me when they should start teaching their children first aid.  Everyone that knows me, knows that I believe that first aid is a fundamental life skill.  As I look at how my children (aged 7 and 9 years) remain calm and help when their friends are hurt, I realise that I subtly started “teaching” them from a very early age.  Remaining calm when someone is hurt or injured can be hard to … Read More

Breathing symptoms: the subtle signs to watch for

KarynChildhood, children, emergency, Parents, prevention, Sickness

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

KarynBurns, First Aid, injuries, prevention

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