Drowning: prevention is the BEST first aid

Karyndrowning, prevention, water safety

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

Ambulances: why are we so hesitant to call them?

Karyncommunity, emergency, First Aid

In my capacity as a Nurse and First Aid Trainer, I have been noticing something worrying within the community. It may not be a new trend, but it is certainly one that could cost lives….   I am faced with this hesitation/reluctance several times a month in my capacity as a nurse in the community. I have seen the uncertainty amongst people when I have attended incidents within the community. I even hear the reluctance … Read More

First Aid Myths… Fact or Fiction??

KarynFirst Aid

First aid: fact or fiction?

At most of my first aid or parent first aid courses an old wives’ tale or remedy comes up.  They often cause a chuckle and often someone will absolutely swear by them.  We all have those “first aid cures” that we were bought up on…. I remember my mother putting something blue form the laundry on my bee stings.  I can’t even tell you what it was but she swore by it.  Whilst I am … Read More

Inside the mind of an Allergy Mum : Part 2

KarynAllergy, Parents

All most children want is to be included, and a child with allergies is no different. I was desperate for my son to not be excluded from things due to his allergies. Luckily, this problem hasn’t arisen, I suspect because in today’s society allergies are so common and because I work hard to be approachable and open to other parents about his allergies. The first year or 2 of parties were stressful. And that was … Read More

Inside the mind of an Allergy Mum. Part 1

KarynAllergy, Parents

Food allergies

Most days of the week the inside of a Mother’s head is a scary place to be! The inside of an Allergy Mum’s head is no less scary, but it tends to have a constant theme running through it FOOD and keeping safe around it!!!! The society that we live in socialises with food, celebrates with food, gathers around food and that makes life a daily/weekly logistical challenge for a parent of a child with … Read More