Anxiety Disorders, Signs, Symptoms and Causes

Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions. That’s partly because everyone experiences stress and worry. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, with different symptoms. But they all share one common trait — prolonged, intense anxiety that is out of proportion to the present situation and affects a person’s daily life and happiness. Symptoms of an anxiety disorder can … Continue reading Anxiety Disorders, Signs, Symptoms and Causes

What is Anxiety and When is it Normal?

What Is Anxiety? Anxiety is really just a form of stress. It can be experienced in many different ways — physically, emotionally, and in the way people view the world around them. Anxiety hugely relates to worrying about what might happen — worrying about things going wrong or feeling like you’re in some kind of danger. Anxiety is a natural human reaction, and it serves … Continue reading What is Anxiety and When is it Normal?

Pro’s and Con’s of Ipads, Tablets and Phones for Little Ones

Of course your toddler is drawn to a shiny, colorful screen that responds to her touch by lighting up, moving, and making noise. No doubt you’ve figured out that your iPad can magically captivate and occupy your tot during waits at the doctor’s office and long car rides. Good for you for giving her fascination real thought, but you can lose the guilt on this … Continue reading Pro’s and Con’s of Ipads, Tablets and Phones for Little Ones

Poisons Emergency Service 0861 555 777.

A New Poison Helpline for Cape Town

A new Poisons Emergency Service came into operation on 1st June 2015, which is serviced by both Tygerberg Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The individual numbers (021 931 6129 and 021 689 5227) previously used for poison emergencies by these two hospitals have been phased out. There is now a single dedicated telephone number which is operative immediately on a 24-hour basis: 0861 555 777. Poisons Information … Continue reading A New Poison Helpline for Cape Town

First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Fractures

A fracture is an injury to a bone often resulting in a clean break. Today we do not use a splint on a fracture victim, unless the injured person will have to be moved before emergency help can arrive.  Your only other goal when assisting a fracture victim is to assist in easing the pain of the injured party. Encourage the patient to position the … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Fractures

First Aid Basics: How to Treat Fever Convulsions

Fever convulsions are similar to epileptic fits. They occur mainly in children under the age of 7 years old.  The convulsions are not caused by high body temperatures but the rapid increase in temperature. They can occur at even low temperatures of around 39 degrees. While fever convulsions appear serious they generally are not. The child will require protection from objects that could hurt him … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Treat Fever Convulsions

First Aid Basics: How to Treat Epilepsy

When a person is having an epileptic fit allow him or her to move freely, do not restrain the person. This cannot be reiterated enough. Never restrain an epileptic from cramping. Do not burn material under the patients nose, as this leads to smoke inhalation and poisoning.  Protect the person by removing all the objects which could cause harm and cushioning the head with pillows. Do not insert … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Treat Epilepsy