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Sarah Hunstead – Founder of CPR Kids – is a paediatric emergency nurse or ‘saving angel’ and mother of two. She joined Emma Walsh, Director of Parents@Work, for a discussion about how we can support children during Winter in regards to health and safety.  CPR Kids empowers parents and carers of children with the lifesaving skills of baby and child first aid and ‘recognition of the sick child’. The work they do revolves around Prevention, Recognition, Response to sick and injured children.

Children are more susceptible to illness, especially during Winter, as they have smaller airways and lungs so even a small amount of congestion can result in a health issue quite quickly, in comparison to an adult. They also don’t have the immunity strength of an adult.

Sarah highlighted that all children will end up with a fever at some point, most children present at hospital with breathing problems and burns are a common injury in wintertime with the increase of heater use.

Using audio and visual cues Sarah took us through how to support children with these issues from the home, what the red flags are when to get medical help:

  • The common cold
  • Mild breathing infections for baby and older children
  • Fevers
  • Burns
  • Allergies

Sarah also did some great Myth busting on the call. A couple of our favourites were:

You’ll catch a cold if you go out with no shoes. False!
  • If you and your kids are healthy and well you don’t need to sanitise – it’s only needed when your family is sick. No bleach necessary!
  • Soap and water – hand washing – is one of the best things to kill bugs.
  • Don’t share food or utensils when sick.
Antibiotics help a cold.  False!
  • Antibiotics only help bacterial infections – they can’t help colds. Viruses live inside the cells so the antibiotics can’t get to them.
  • Reserve antibiotics for when you need them as smart bacteria have evolved and are turning into super bugs… which is when you really need them.
  • If it’s a ‘just-in-case’ response from the doctor think about getting another opinion.
Fever is the illness and you must bring it down.  False!
  • There is zero evidence to say that a high fever damages the brain or seizures.
  • Fevers support your body to heal.

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