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Watch Out For The Duck Fleas!

What are ‘duck fleas’? ‘Duck fleas’ (or ‘puces de canard’ in French) are actually a relatively common problem that can result from swimming in Lac Leman. They can lead to an itchy skin rash known as ‘swimmers itch’ or ‘swimmers dermatitis’. Swimmer’s itch is not…

First Aid For Schools

Dr Penny and Dr Michelle have just returned from an excellent First Aid training session for the teachers and staff of the International School of Monts-de-Corsier. They were talking about how to deal with the common illnesses and injuries that the staff are likely to…

Vacations And Avoidance

So it’s that time of year when many of us are counting the weeks, or even days, till our summer holiday. Whether you are exploring locally or travelling to exotic climes, be prepared, be safe and be sure not to return with anything more than…

What Should I Do If My Child Is Unwell?

In my capacity as one of the Medical Directors of HealthFirst, this week I was asked to write something for the Moms-in-Vaud yahoo group blog about how to access emergency medical care for children in the Vaud/Geneva area. I thought that I would also share…

Nips From Nippers?

Welcome back to the HeathFirst Blog! Its been several weeks since we have posted a new blog. The HealthFirst Team have been very busy not only delivering First Aid Courses and Parenting Conferences but also developing an exciting new Health Promotion project that will be…

HealthFirst First Aid Kit Goes On Sale!

HealthFirst is very pleased to announce that our HealthFirst First Aid Kit goes on sale today! Finding the right First Aid Kit can be difficult and time consuming. At HealthFirst, we have worked hard to put together a First Aid Kit to meet your needs…

Frost Bite

Jack Frost has certainly been visiting Switzerland in the past few days.  Its a beautiful Arctic-white land out there but along with this, comes the challenge of keeping our faces, fingers and toes warm enough. These are the parts of our (and our children’s) bodies that…

Happy New Year!

From all the team at HealthFirst, we wish you a very happy and healthy New Year. Its going to be an exciting and busy one for us and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our new courses. We will be providing more…

Accidental Poisoning…

Tis the season for celebrations – family visiting, Christmas drinks, decorating the house and general merriment.  It’s a time when we relax and the children run a little freer perhaps. It is also the season when we see an increase in accidental poisonings in children.  A…