Sarah Hunstead, paediatric nurse, author and founder of CPR Kids, takes you through the First Aid for snake and spider bites.Read More
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This is where we will share our children's health opinion pieces, advice, tips and tricks, resources and so much more. Check back here frequently for the latest baby and child health news and insight from us!
There have been 10 recent Listeria cases reported, traced back to rockmelon. All affected were elderly with underlying medical conditions.
NSW Health states that "Listeria is an illness usually caused by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis is a serious disease in pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. Infection is treated with antibiotics."Read More
In 2014, 837,000 Australian children were cared for by their grandparents during a week when parents were working. Grandparent childcare was most popular for children under the age of 3 years.Read More
Time to get 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.Read More
An article from Nicole Ovens, Operations Manager at CPR Kids
"Caring for babies, children and families is what I had grown into my adult life doing. It was second nature to me. An intrinsic part of me that seemed as natural as breathing. You would think then, at the age of 40 and pregnant, I would know it all, but, I have a confession to make, I didn't, and the closer it came to birthing the more I realised that. "
Nobody needs to be reminded what an enormous responsibility becoming a parent is. I remember so well what it was like for me when I was having my first baby. My thoughts were occupied totally with the growing life within me...those thoughts were the very same that many of you have experienced or are feeling now as you move towards parenthood. The imagination can run rampant especially when coupled with pregnancy hormones.
t seems like yesterday when I was the Divisional Manager of Obstetrics at a large metropolitan area health service. I had been in the nursing profession since I was 17 years old. I had extensive experience as a midwife, and as well, was an experienced paediatric and neonatal intensive care nurse. Caring for babies, children and families is what I had grown into my adult life doing. It was second nature to me. An intrinsic part of me that seemed as natural as breathing. You would think then, at the age of 40 and pregnant, I would know it all, but, I have a confession to make, I didn't, and the closer it came to birthing the more I realised that. What also became evident was that the people around me who would potentially be caring for my baby in my absence didn't know either.
Choking, head injury, broken bones, oh my!
I remember one of the things that used to worry me enormously was the introduction of solids to my little one and the possibility of her choking. You might be feeling that way too. I was also seriously concerned about my toddler climbing and as time passed and her mobility increased I became even more anxious as she negotiated the play equipment soaring to heights that defied her age. The risk of head injury and broken bones was certainly on the radar and I wondered how I would respond if faced with these emergencies. Another worrying thought was the contradictory information about fever and the dilemma that caused me. When should I worry and should I be taking my child to the doctor because of that.
The more things change, the more they stay the same
On a professional level, when I speak to parents and carers today, I realise that not much has changed over the years regarding the fears that haunt them. There is an exception though today and that is the opportunity for parents and carers to gain education, knowledge and empowerment. There is no reason for anyone to feel insecure and fearful anymore. Learn how to respond calmly and confidently in an emergency. At CPR Kids, we understand those insecurities and we would love to support you in gaining the skills and knowledge that will save a child's life.
To find the class that is right for you, please visit: https://www.cprkids.com.au/classes/
"I shook the hand of the medical superintendent and he said to me: ‘Oh, by the way, I don’t know if anybody’s told you, but you’ll be treating the burns patients" That statement would shape the rest of Pegg’s medical career. He would go on to create Queensland’s only specialist burns centres ”Read More
As a qualified nutritionist with young children, this really is a hot topic for me. I had a fair idea of what ingredients were in "gummies" and what they looked like but thought it would be a good idea to buy them myself...Read More
On average, one child dies each week in Australia as a result of preventable drowning. (Kidsafe NSW). This needs to change.
For this reason, we are proud to announce that CPR Kids has partnered with Westpac to create the Rescue Rashie, where the CPR instructions are quickly and readily available on the vest.
Whilst all Australians should know CPR, the Rescue Rashie is designed to be an invaluable addition to hands-on CPR training. Even if you know CPR, the Rescue Rashie serves as readily-available, immediate reminder of the steps.
The CPR instructions are printed onto the Rescue Rashie using sublimation printing which means that they won’t scratch off or fade in the sun. The instructions are designed for any child between 1-8 years old, so even if a child in a Rescue Rashie isn’t the one in trouble, it can be unzipped and the instructions followed easily.
Sarah Hunstead, CPR Kids founding director said "We are thrilled to partner with Westpac on the Rescue Rashie initiative. We know that CPR absolutely saves lives. Whilst hands-on CPR training remains invaluable, the addition of a Rescue Rashie where CPR instructions are written right on the vest, will be a great reminder of the CPR steps should a child be in trouble.
The CPR instructions align with the Australian Resuscitation Council Basic Life Support (CPR) guidelines - every child should wear one".
We’re getting Rescue Rashie ready before next summer hits. We’re inviting parents to register their interest in being one of the first to get one at rescuerashie.com.au and we’re committed to begin distributing them from summer.
About CPR Kids:
CPR Kids was founded in 2012 by Paediatric Emergency Nurse and mother of two – Sarah Hunstead. CPR Kids has a range of services from in-home CPR and First Aid classes and baby-specific first aid classes in selected maternity hospitals to corporate wellbeing programs and education programs encompassing the recognition of a sick child, as well as injury prevention and response.
CPR Kids also provides classes to the clients of Not- For -Profit organisations bringing this essential knowledge to those who otherwise may not have access to these life-saving skills.
About Westpac and the Rescue Rashie project:
Westpac has a long history of saving Australian lives through the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. As they mark out their 200th year as Australia’s oldest company, they wanted to create something that would help save Australian lives for years to come. The Rescue Rashie takes the lifesaving instructions on CPR signs and puts them right onto a child’s rash vest, exactly where they need to be.
Reference: KidSafe NSW http://www.kidsafensw.org/water-safety/