first aid

Child HealthParenting
March 20, 2019

My child is choking! What do I do?!

Kids are always on an adventure of self-discovery, experimenting with everything in their path. But what happens when the adventure turns into a nightmare, and your child starts choking?

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Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

10 ways to use baking soda as a remedy

You probably use baking soda at home for cleaning and baking. Good news: it has health perks too! Cool down heartburn Heartburn is that painful burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread up into your throat. It starts when acid rises into your oesophagus (the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth). This can happen if you eat too much, feel stressed or eat spicy foods. Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid. - Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and sip slowly. - Keep…

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Tests & investigations
September 18, 2018

Do I need an X-ray for my ankle sprain?

You're carrying your groceries up the stairs when BAM! You miss a step, tumble down the steps, and feel a shooting pain up your ankle.  Is it a sprain? Or worse, a fracture? Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries. They can be very painful, and make you wonder if something might be cracked. Most of the minor ankle sprains don’t need X-rays or surgical treatment, but with more serious injuries, there can be fractures of the bones of the ankle as well as the foot. Here is a quick way to figure out if you need an…

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Heart & Blood Vessels
January 8, 2018

Is it a panic attack – or a heart attack?

Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, fear of losing control or of dying. Sound familiar? These are some of the typical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack. So how do you know the difference!? Panic attack Heart attack Symptoms usually peak after 10 mins. The pain lasts more than 5 minutes and the pain doesn’t affect the breathing.   Pain is concentrated in the chest, and fluctuates: rising & falling.   People describe the pain during a heart attack as constricting. The intensity of the pain can change. As a rule, the pain appears in the center of the chest and can move downward along the left arm and along the back. The pain…

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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
November 9, 2017

Save a life this summer with these first aid tips

The holidays make for fun times, but all that merriment, alcohol and lowered inhibitions can lead to scary situations. This may not give you a qualification as a paramedic, but these tips can help you be a little more prepared for an emergency. If someone’s having a convulsion Lay the person on the ground, away from dangerous objects. Don't try to restrain them. Loosen their clothing if necessary. Never place anything in their mouth! When it’s over, keep them on their side with their head down to allow easy breathing and prevent choking. If someone’s having an asthma attack An…

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Child HealthParenting
July 3, 2017

“Help! My child got injured!”

It’s the law of parenting: Your child is playing and you take your eyes off him for two seconds to answer your phone. Like clockwork; he falls, trips, bangs his hand against the wall and all hell breaks loose. With children around, “oops” moments’ happen frequently and often, in the blink of an eye. It’s perfectly normal and happens to most parents. Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive, and this curiosity often sends them flying off the rails, or diving into a bush. Here’s a guide to treating those cuts and bruises, because we all know – they are inevitable!…

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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
April 17, 2017

Help for hardware mishaps

Hurt yourself doing handy work around the house? Don’t panic. Hardware mishaps are common, affecting over 200 000 DIY enthusiasts every year! Fortunately, they can be easily treated. The basics of first aid can make all the difference. Here’s how to handle common DIY injuries: Splinters Shards of wood, metal and glass can make their way under your skin and cause infection. To prevent this, fragments need to be removed – even if you don’t feel any pain. What to do: Gently clean the area around the splinter with warm water and mild soap. Using tweezers, grasp the splinter as…

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