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Water Safety for Children

You can never take any chances when it comes to your children. Drowning is a very real threat that deserves far more attention than it receives. Just one little mistake can have huge repercussions. For this reason we have developed a Water Safety for Children infographic, which details potential hazards and how to avoid them.

Perhaps one of the most shocking facts is just how little depth is required to take a life. A small child can drown in less than two centimetres of water; and of the 28 children under 15 who drowned in 2008; seven were under five and drowned in the bathtub. This figure proves just how important it is to remain vigilant at all times, even in your own household.

But death isn't the only danger. Each year more than 170 children under 15 are admitted to hospital after nearly drowning. Many of these unfortunate individuals suffer from serious long-term health issues, such as brain damage and hypothermia, and could be more susceptible to seizures, strokes and heart attacks after the prolonged period of oxygen loss.

It's never too early to start teaching your children good safety habits. Getting swimming lessons can be an excellent starting point and will help your children build confidence in and around water, which is without a doubt one of the most effective safety precautions. Some swimming academies and leisure centres will even run specialist classes for new-borns.

When it comes to water safety, there's absolutely no room for error. Make just one mistake and you'll have to live with the consequences for the rest of your life. To truly understand the dangers your children face in and around water, and to learn about the appropriate preventative measures, read our Water Safety for Children infographic.

 

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    Gender: Female

    Question:

    ive got a blood test in a couple of weeks and im scared coz I've been told they inject into ur vein, could you tell me what they really do because im dreading it :/

    Answer:

    A blood test is a very routine test, and the person doing it will be very proficient. A very thin needle is inserted into a vein, usually in the bend of your arm where veins are prominent, and a small amount of blood is taken out.  It can be uncomfortable but not really painful; the thought of it is worse than the reality. 

    It is possible to have some numbing cream put on beforehand. This takes about 20-40 minutes to work, so sometimes it is better to get it over with quickly than get even more anxious while waiting for the cream to work!

  • Age: 14
    Gender: Female

    Question:

    ive had a bladder problem for over half of my life, and its got worse. ive just managed to get some medication for it, would i be on them for long?

    Answer:

    As you have had this condition for most of your life you probably have a specialist or your doctor who sees you regularly. If this is the case its probably best to speak with them as they will have good picture of the history. Having said that we would be very happy to talk through your condition and treatment and help clarify any questions or concerns you may have. Naturally we would need more information which would best shared in a private consultation. If you are local please drop in to one of our clinics or if you are further away give us a call and we can talk on the phone.

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