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Party Planning

How to plan your kids’ birthday party at home

2020 has drastically changed the way we celebrate. But if this year has taught us anything, it’s that the show must go on, even if that means staying indoors. We still need to celebrate the milestones, both big and small, but now it’s about finding new ways to do it. So if you’re upset your little one won’t get the birthday party they (or you) had hoped, we’ve got some fun DIY ideas, from decorations to games for kids of...

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Signs & Symptoms

How to treat and take care of bites and stings

Living in Australia we all know they’re around, those creepy-crawlies, slithery, stinging creatures that inhabit the planet with us. We are fortunate enough to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, it is inevitable that our paths will cross.  Biting/stinging insects may join us on the family picnic. Jellyfish lurk in the waves during a day at the beach. A brown snake may happen to pass through the tables of a child’s birthday party (a first-hand experience). While...

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first aid

Treating burns and scalds

Children are curious. They learn by play and exploring the world. This is a wonderful way to grow and develop, however, the problem is that your children lack the ability to understand danger and consequence. For example, investigating the hot cup of tea you just left on the coffee table will most likely not end well. Equally fascinating is the way you straighten your hair, and children always want to mimic what we do, just...

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Signs & Symptoms

Understanding your child’s fevers

Fever is incredibly common in children. Having an understanding of why children (and adults) can develop a fever is important. There are many myths about fever, the number one being that a fever is the actual illness. Fever is not the illness, it is the body’s natural response when we get an infection (eg. a virus or bacteria). Our bodies are incredibly smart. Many viruses and bacteria cannot survive in a ‘hot’ environment, so our...

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Signs & Symptoms

Button batteries – do you know the dangers? 

“Inside the battery compartment of mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, remote keyless entry, flameless candles, singing greeting cards and other electronics, maybe a very powerful coin-sized button battery. When swallowed, these batteries can get stuck in the throat and cause severe burns. Small children often have easy access to these devices, and many parents do not know there is a risk.” http://thebatterycontrolled.com.au  Attached is an image of a button battery left on a piece...

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Signs & Symptoms

Drowning prevention

When the warm weather arrives, it is second nature for us to get the kids into the great outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Parks, beaches, pools, or even just the sprinkler in the backyard, water is an integral part of the quintessential Australian summer.  We must remain vigilant around water, especially when there are little ones around. In children aged 0-4 years, accidental falls into water is the leading activity prior to drowning for this...

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Signs & Symptoms

Crush injuries/amputations

Children are quick. Quick at being in the way, quick to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but sometimes not quick enough to move their fingers out of the way of the fast-closing car doors, sliding doors or other objects that can trap their little fingers. Children up to the age of six are most likely to injure their fingers at home, while children 6-14 years of age will more commonly injure...

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Allergies & Intolerances

Anaphylaxis and allergy

Having a child diagnosed with a potentially severe allergy can be scary. It is important however to understand that you’re not alone and there are some great resources and support available. Kids can be allergic to a wide range of things; including medicine, foods, insect stings, latex, pollen and dust mites.  Common allergy-causing foods include: Sesame Peanut Tree nuts Cow’s milk Soy Shellfish Egg Fish Wheat It is important to be able to recognise the...

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