Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Mastitis

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Colic

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Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...

Strap-in-the-Future

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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
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    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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When to call an Ambulance or rush off to ER

ambulanceAs parents, it is natural to want to protect our children from harm. In the case of a serious injury or the onset of illness, the first few moments are the most critical.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics an emergency exists if you feel your child could die or suffer from permanent harm if medical professionals do not treat them immediately. The key to effectively coping with an emergency, is to be prepared and to remain calm, so that you know what to do, or not to do, and are able to make a decision to act.

The following medical emergencies require a trip to the ER:
  • Breathing difficulties, such as rapid or labored breathing
  • A cut or break in the skin that is bleeding profusely and won't stop
  • A fever with neck stiffness
  • A rapid heartbeat that won't slow down
  • Severe bleeding or trauma to the head
  • A fever with a rapidly spreading rash
  • Changes in behaviour after the suspected ingestion of a poisonous substance or another medication
  • In older children, changes in mental status, such as confusion, not making sense, being disoriented, unusual sleepiness, or difficult to arouse

Call an ambulance immediately if:
Your child is having trouble breathing and is turning blue
Your child has been involved in a car accident and is unconscious or seriously injured
Your child has lost consciousness and is not responsive
Your child might have a neck or spine injury
Your child has a head injury and has lost consciousness, is vomiting persistently, or is not responding normally
Your child has significant uncontrolled bleeding
Your child has a possible poisoning, is unresponsive or not responding normally, or is experiencing breathing difficulties. For expert advice call the Poisoning Information Centre on 021 689 5227.