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Has your child ever fallen from a height in the playground? Or sustained injuries from falling off the top bunk or out of a tree? Crashed their bike? Or even had a rough tackle at footy? What was your first reaction? Because if you’re like most parents with a child who is hurt and crying – you want to scoop them up to comfort them and make sure they’re ok. Picking up your child could ... Read More

The post Childhood Falls & Injuries: STOP before you Scoop! appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

The post Children & Severe Food Allergies: A Parent’s Survival Guide appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

The post What is Croup: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

The post Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) Demystified appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

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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

The post After a minor head injury: the rest and recovery period appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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 ... Read More

The post Sports and head injuries: what you need to know appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

The post Allergies: your whirlwind tour appeared first on Head2toe First Aid.

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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

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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

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