Children & Severe Food Allergies: A Parent’s Survival Guide

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

Has your child been diagnosed with a severe food allergy?

Dear New Allergy Parent, Has your child just been diagnosed with a peanut allergy? Or another severe food allergy to dairy, eggs, soy or nuts? I bet you’re feeling overwhelmed right now, and probably a little scared too. Or a lot. Do you feel desperate for resources on what to do as a food allergy parent? Most likely, you’ve already Googled “What do I do if my child has a food allergy?”. Because, anaphylaxis takes … Read More

What is Croup: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

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

Feeling panicked because your child is terrified with a harsh, barking cough and you’re worried they’ll soon struggle to breathe? It’s definitely not fun at all. Croup can be scary for both you and your child, so it’s important that you feel confident knowing how to identify it and manage it. While I thought I was done with the dreaded bark of Croup, I woke up with a fright the other night to my 8 … Read More

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) Demystified

KarynAED, Childhood, children, community, Defibrillator, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

AED CPR

When most of us think of defibrillators, we think of what we have seen in dramatised medical programs.  We imagine the word “CLEAR” and a loud noise as the patient jumps. So, it’s no wonder that I frequently see hesitation, concern, and even fear from people in a first aid course around using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Once people understand how an AED works and how important it is, I start to see that … Read More

First Aid: Australian Spider Bites

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

Redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti, on white background

I don’t know about you, but lately I have been noticing spiders on the move around my house. First aid for spider bites is a common topic that I get asked about. So, I thought I would write a brief blog on what the recommended first aid is for Australian Spiders in case you have had an increase in spiders at your house too…. Awareness of where spiders live is an important aspect of prevention so that … Read More

After a minor head injury: the rest and recovery period

KarynChildhood, children, community, emergency, First Aid, injuries, Injury, Parents, prevention, Sports

Head Injury

At the start of the footy season I wrote a blog about head injuries and concussion.  At that point I could already tell that head injuries were likely to feature in our season this year. The boys in my son’s U10 footy team were playing with a new intensity and full tackling had started…fast forward a couple of months and our team have had several minor head injuries. So, head injuries are quite topical with … Read More