childhood

Sports Head Injury

Sports and head injuries: what you need to know

Winter sport is well and truly under way. For many of you (myself included) that means contact sport time of the year. This year my son is playing U10 AFL and proper tackling is upon us (eek). With the increase in age and size I have really noticed a step up in the amount and force of the contact (those tackles are packing a punch) and I know this will continue for years to come. As First Aid …

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Food allergy. Allergic food on wooden background.

Allergies: your whirlwind tour

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 …

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Kids doing resuscitation training on medical dummy during first aid course

First aid: when is the right time to teach children

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.  I want to share with you how this came about and how …

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Mother checking temperature and breathing of her sick child

Breathing symptoms: the subtle signs to watch for

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 …

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Childhood scrapes and grazes: what is the right first aid?

The holiday season is here!!  The weather is warm, kids are playing, the bikes, scooters and skates are out….  some might even be learning to ride a bike for the first time.  Unless you wrap them in cottonwool, wounds, grazes and scrapes are a part of childhood that can’t be avoided.  Instead, it’s best to keep up to date with the best way to manage them. Over the years the first aid advice for wound …

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