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

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