Latest update on Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Please do not rely on this newsletter for the very latest information. We simply wanted to share the Australian government’s update (Feb 3, 2020) with our members as it may be of concern for some families. Please go to the official site for the most up to date info. All of the information below was taken directly from the Australian Department of Health website.

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Do you know how to clear an obstruction from your toddler’s airway?

X-ray shows the risk of toddlers choking on grapes.

Here is a timely reminder about choking hazards “Grapes are the third most common cause of food-related fatal choking incidents after hot dogs and sweets, according to Dr Cooper’s paper.”

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What is the emergency service number in Australia?

Most people would know that Triple Zero (000) is Australia’s primary emergency service number and should be used if urgent emergency assistance is required from either police, fire, or ambulance services. These calls are free from all kinds of phone. However, did you know that Australia also has two secondary emergency service numbers that only work with particular technologies?

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Fevers and your baby

Fever is a common childhood illness accounting for almost 20% of the paediatric presentations to local Emergency Departments (ED). A recent study (Feb 2019), of almost two thousand children who presented with fever to an ED, found that most cases were not urgent (68%), 53% were aged between 13 – 24 months, and the months of June, July and August are the worst time of year. When interviewed, many parents chose to take their babies and toddlers to hospital out of concern that any fever may escalate to the more severe complications of fever such as seizures, brain damage or death (rare).

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