Blog & Podcasts

My Child Is Having A Seizure!

Six out of 100 children will have a seizure due to a high temperature before they are six. Would you know what to do if your child, or a child around you, has a seizure? Would you know what NOT to do? Listen to Erica’s…

Finding A Good GP In Geneva

With the traditional ‘direct specialist access’ system of healthcare in Geneva, it can be hard to find a good, caring, English speaking General Practitioner – who can treat the whole person and the whole family. We, at HealthFirst, believe having a generalist who takes care…

Painkillers And Fever Fighters

As most of us are struggling with coughs, colds and other winter afflictions, many of us turn to pills and potions to help us through the days and nights. The two main medications that can help are: (1) paracetamol – also known as acetaminophen in…

A Is For Allergies

Allergies – mild, moderate and severe reactions – are increasing in the developed world. It is a concern, not just for ourselves and our children but also when we are looking after other people’s children. Whilst training parents, teachers and carers during our First Aid…

Learning CPR

Yesterday, Dr Penny trained 8 teenagers from an international school in Geneva. It was a session full of serious concepts like how to recognise someone having a heart attack, how to make that important call to alert the emergency services (in English and in French)….

Sleep Is More Precious Than Gold

Any parent, any shift worker will agree with this! Although we associate sleep problems more with babies, it can be a challenge getting our older ones to sleep too. Take a listen to child psychotherapist, Rachel Melville-Thomas, as she helps you understand what is going…

What Should I Put On A Burn?

When the skin is burnt (by a hot liquid, hot vapour, a chemical, friction etc), the skin may be open, weeping or charred. After adequately cooling the area of injury with cool running water, it is important to put the right type of dressing on…

E Is For Ear Infections

With the wind whipping up and the cold mornings truely here, so do the middle ear infections. These infections can caused by a virus or bacteria and are called otitis media, in medical terms. Often the bacteria or viruses travel up the tube from the…

Mountain First Aid Course – Geneva

Could you help someone who broke their leg whilst you were skiing together? Do you know what number to call for Mountain Rescue in Switzerland? When do you need to worry about a head injury? Come and find the answers to these questions and many…

N Is For Nosebleeds

One of the downsides of living in such a beautiful mountainous country as Switzerland is that the air can dry out the inside of the nose.  This can make us, and our children, more vulnerable to nosebleeds. Do you know what you should do if…