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

What Should Be on Your Food Labels?

In 2010 the hard fought battle for food labeling regulations finally became law, with the introduction of regulation R146. As a consumer, its important to know your rights. You have the right to know that a product that does not have the following information on the label should. You have the right to inquire should this information not be displayed. You have the right to … Continue reading What Should Be on Your Food Labels?

Language Development: How to read to infants

Language Development: How to Read to Toddlers

Before reading a book to a child, try to find time to read it yourself. Familiarise yourself with the story and content. Think about how you can possibly add some acting. Do a little dance, if appropriate. Perhaps act the story for them, sock puppets can add tonnes of fun. Reading is about having fun and learning together. This way you can also spot things in … Continue reading Language Development: How to Read to Toddlers

Introducing ‘Brands Africa’

As you know, at ChildCareSA, we are big on quality over quantity. We believe in maintaining the highest standards through our vetting processes. We are passionate about child safety standards and have been instrumental fore runners in bringing South Africa’s professional private childcare requirements up to par with international standards. In keeping with this spirit, it’s our absolute pleasure to introduce to you Brands Africa. … Continue reading Introducing ‘Brands Africa’

What Does the Term ‘Organic’ Really Mean?

Organic, it’s a term thrown around like a tennis ball at times. We find the term labelling clothing, fruits, vegetable, meats, wines and more. We know it’s better than a non organic product, but do we know why and what ‘organic’ actually implies? When we are referring to livestock that is certified organic; we are referring to animals who have been raised ‘free range’, and have been … Continue reading What Does the Term ‘Organic’ Really Mean?

What’s in a Free Range Egg?

Battery farmed eggs are eggs produced by chickens kept in ‘battery cages’. These are cages that confine the chicken to a tiny space which allows very little movement, they generally do not even allow space for the bird to turn. Considering that chickens, generally thought of as ‘bird-brains’, have been proven to be intelligent creatures, capable of grasping complex mental concepts including ‘cause and effect’ … Continue reading What’s in a Free Range Egg?

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

10 Facts About GMO’s in South Africa

South Africa is the world’s eighth largest producer of genetically modified organisms. No other African country grows GM crops on a commercial basis. Estimates vary, but the general consensus is that 40% of our maize crop, 60% of our soya, and 80% of our cotton are GM varieties. We import GM maize and soya from Argentina and the USA mainly for animal feed. GM and non-GM crops are … Continue reading 10 Facts About GMO’s in South Africa

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

First Aid Basics: What is Epilepsy?

All too often people completely misunderstand and irrationally fear epilepsy. Epilepsy is not a disease. It is a condition caused by a chemical and electrical imbalance in the brain. People have the ability to deal with a number of  stimuli which trigger electric impulses to our brain, for example light, heat etc. In a nut shell each person cerebral stimuli threshold is unique and allow … Continue reading First Aid Basics: What is Epilepsy?

First Aid Basics: How to deal with poisoning via the skin

Poisoning via the skin may happen in a number of ways. It could happen as a result of corrosion, chemical contact, animal bites and stings, or the injection of drugs. When it is chemical, the first step is to check the patients vital signs, once these are established, you should try to clean the affected areas with as much running water as possible. The injuries … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to deal with poisoning via the skin

First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Poisoning Via the Respiratory Tract

When a patient has been poisoned by gas or fumes it is imperative that you consider your own safety first and to carefully assess the scene before any rescue attempts are made. When the patient is removed from the danger zone,  check their vital signs and the patient must be treated accordingly. Call rescue services immediately. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Poisoning Via the Respiratory Tract

First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Poisoning via the Digestive Tract

It is important to carefully assess both the patient and the scene of the accident. Searching for evidence, asking the patient for information and smelling the patients breath are just a few ways to get an indication of what was swallowed. There are 3 main types. 1. If it is a corrosive substance such as bleach, window cleaner or Domestos, etc the affected person should … Continue reading First Aid Basics: How to Deal with Poisoning via the Digestive Tract