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Coughs And Sneezes Spread Diseases…

New shoes, schoolbags, uniforms and stationery are now purchased and your family is starting to settle back in to their usual routine after the summer break. But this routine can easily be rudely interrupted by one of your kids picking up an infection and then…

HealthFirst Launch Courses In Canton Bern

Dr Michelle and Dr Penny were at Expat Expo in Bern yesterday launching HealthFirst’s first courses and seminars to be delivered in the canton of Bern, starting in October 2012. They met many interested people from Bern’s International Community and look forward to meeting and…

HealthFirst Back After Summer Break

We’re back and delivering training again after our Summer break. This week we have been busy training teachers in First Aid to equip them with the knowledge and skills to deal with emergencies that may arise during the school day. Here are some teachers at…

Tummy Aches

They can appear suddenly at 3am, or maybe gradually in the middle of the supermarket, or perhaps just as you are rushing out the door to get to school on time. So what can cause a tummy ache in a child? Think about what organs…

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…