Asthma: Most common symptoms, triggers & mistakes

KarynAsthma, Asthma First Aid, Childhood, children, community, Cough, First Aid, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Manage Asthma with Head2Toe First Aid

Quick Facts on Asthma in Australia With 1 in 9 Australians (2.7 million people), affected by asthma, there’s a strong chance that someone within your family or close circle is living with the daily burdens of this condition.   For the head2toe family, my daughter Aimee is our asthma kid, and when her triggers include laughing – you can imagine that prevention & management is absolutely vital for us! Continuing to look at the statistics, … Read More

Why Handwashing and Self-care is Powerful and Timeless

KarynChildhood, children, community, Cough, Parents, prevention, Sickness

Why Handwashing Saves Lives!

Fundamentals Save Lives in COVID-19 & Beyond I’ve been amazed at how washing your hands ‘properly’ for 20 seconds has come as news to a lot of people! Because as a Nurse, handwashing is the absolute foundation of our work and of infection control. I still remember my first day in the demo ward at Uni. I proudly went up the elevator in my brand new uniform excited about what life-saving skills I would learn.  … 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

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