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

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

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