Back to school checklist to review your child’s health and safety

The start of a new school term presents a good opportunity to have conversations with your children about important topics regarding health and safety. With summer on the way we recommend using the following checklist to guide you and your family towards good health and injury prevention.

 

Safety

• For children to be safe at home it’s important that harmful medications are placed in a locked cupboard and that access to basic first aid information including emergencies numbers are readily available.

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Things that go bump in the night

Despite our best efforts, kids still seem to manage to find ways to bump their heads. The vast majority of these injuries are not serious and cause no long-term effects but sometimes a knock to the head can be so serious that it damages the brain. When your child hits their head it can be difficult to tell whether they need to be taken to hospital or if they can safely stay at home with you.

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Ways to stay healthy at work

In our modern day life office work is very common with employees spending an increasing amount of time sitting at desks. Sedentary behaviours such as sitting at a work desk or reclining watching television result in no physical activity or energy expenditure with research establishing that prolonged sitting poses significant risks to the health of workers. Sedentary behaviour is behaviour such as sitting or reclining which when done for extended periods during the day have been shown to increase the risk of multiple preventable health conditions and have a secondary negative effect on the workplace.

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Diabetes, sugar and your health

Diabetes is a worldwide chronic health condition that affects over 400 million people and which has doubled in incidence in those over the age of 18 years. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 diabetes predominantly affects children and teenagers because their pancreas does not produce insulin where Type 2 diabetes affects adults because their body is unable to use the insulin it produces effectively. Insulin is a hormone in the body, which helps sugar (glucose) to be absorbed by the body’s cells.

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Prescribe me a tracker

Wearable electronic devices are the ‘it’ item in fitness and health. Calorie counter? Step tracker? Sleep monitor? Is there anything these wearables can’t track, measure or count for the every day fitness of an individual? The media is full of ambassadors and athletes preaching their love for these wrist gadgets. So, should we follow them?

 

The modern fitness tracker varies in price, with higher-end devices allowing options such as GPS route tracking,

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Urinary Tract Infections

Have you ever felt like you are passing razor blades when going to the toilet? Or found your urine to be blood stained? Or feel as if no matter how many times you go to the toilet you are unable to completely empty your bladder? You’re not alone.  Both women and men can both suffer from urinary tract infections (UTI) however they are more common in women with one in 2 women compared to one in 20 men contracting a UTI in their lifetime.

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Are you up to date with the latest Food Pyramid changes ?

Nutrition is an integral part of your wellbeing. Check it out to make sure you’re eating the right quantities of the right food.

– eat a diet rich in vegetables, lean meat, fish and chicken
– avoid saturated fats and processed foods
– reduce sugar and salt intake

 

Part of staying well and reducing chronic disease involves eating a varied balanced diet rich in whole foods.

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Who says you can’t do that with Telemedicine and medical apps?

“You can’t do that by Telemedicine!”
Summary:
• Telemedicine is being increasingly used worldwide because of its numerous advantages, primarily easier access to highly qualified physicians.
• Appendicitis is unlikely in a child with abdominal pain who is still active and running around.
• My Emergency Dr helps distinguish between patients who need to go to the emergency department and those who can stay at home and/or be followed up by a GP.

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Common cold information and treatment. How can a medical app work for me?

This has been a tough winter for illness! It seems that nearly everyone has the sniffles, not least our little ones.  But what is the common cold?  How is it spread?  How do you treat it?  And when should you take your child to see the doctor? When can you use a medical app?

Symptoms and Definition of Common Cold

The common cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat. 

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