Tagged with Child Safety

A new Poison helpline for Cape Town

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 … Continue reading

What should be on your food labels?

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 … Continue reading

Introducing ‘Brands Africa’

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, … Continue reading

What does the term ‘organic’ really mean?

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 … Continue reading

What’s in a free range egg?

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, … Continue reading

First Aid Basics: How to treat Fever Convulsions

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 … Continue reading

10 facts about GMO’s in South Africa

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 … Continue reading

First Aid Basics: How to treat epilepsy

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 … Continue reading

First Aid Basics: What is 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 … Continue reading