Baby on board- flying with your baby

  With the Christmas season almost upon us, many families are preparing for their annual break. In many cases these breaks involve flying. I was listening to the early morning radio station where air travel with babies and small children was the topic for the show. Of course you always get people on opposite ends of the spectrum calling in. …

All you need to know about head injuries

Head injuries are common in children and studies have shown that roughly 500 000 children land up in the ER due to some kind of head injury annually. Accidents do unfortunately happen, especially when babies start walking or children take part in physical activities.   I am an avid supporter of physical activity for children. It is a vital part …

How you hold your child can be harmful to them

Safety is one of the first things parents are concerned about when a baby is on its way. Ensuring you have completed a CPR course, have a good car seat, have secured the pool, locked up the medicines, gated the stairs and so on are all really important. But there is one thing you probably aren’t aware of when dealing …

Out with the old, in with the new

Father with newborn baby

A new baby ushers in the new in every sense of the word. New routine, new responsibilities, new roles, and a whole new way of thinking. When we talk about new, what is more exciting and more daunting than being handed a little, wriggling bundle and being told: “it’s all yours”?   I often watch the expression on parents’ faces …

Child safety inside and outside the home

Understanding safety issues at home: Research shows that the majority of visits to emergency centres are as a result of an injury or accident at home. Those children most at risk are under the age of five years with accidental poisoning, choking and drowning being the major risk factors. As parents we aspire to protect our children but these curious …

First Aid Kits

What would childhood be if it didn’t come with bumps, cuts and bruises? These are all part and parcel of exploring the world, learning to ride a bicycle, trying out skate-boards and climbing rocks and trees. We have all been there ourselves and will be there again with our own children so the question is “What should I have in …