Author: Louise Wheeler

Why you should cut grapes to avoid a child choking risk

Doctors are reminding parents and carers to avoid giving whole grapes to children because they pose a major choking risk. Believe it or not, grapes were recently named as the third most common cause of food choking deaths. Research found that only hotdogs and sweets are bigger choking hazards. While most parents know that young children shouldn’t be given foods such as whole nuts, doctors are concerned that many are still unaware of the dangers posed by the fruit. Their small size and round shape means it is easy for them to completely block the airways. To make matters...

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Essex Independent School Open Days 2017/18

Independent schools are always happy to receive visits from prospective parents and students. Visit a schools in person in vital to determine the suitability of the school for your child. Here’s our list of upcoming Essex independent school Open Days for the September 2018 intake. Alleyn Court Preparatory School (Co-ed, Church of England affiliation) Friday 6 October 2017 Wakering Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS3 0PW Let us prick your curiosity! Take this opportunity to visit us and explore the school, guided by our Yr6 children. Discover how we prepare children so well for the variety of secondary schools available in...

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Spotting heat exhaustion and heatstroke symptoms

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are potentially serious conditions that can occur during warmer weather. Babies and young children are particularly at risk. Here’s how to spot and treat the early symptoms. What is heat exhaustion? Heat exhaustion is caused by a combination of exposure to heat and dehydration. It occurs when levels of water and salt levels in the body start to drop. The earliest signs of heat exhaustion is a body temperature of 37-40°C (98.6-104°F). Other indications include faintness, sweaty and clammy pale skin, shallow breathing and a weakened pulse. Treat heat exhaustion by: Moving your baby to...

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Keeping babies cool in hot weather

Keeping babies cool and comfortable during the summer can be tricky. Whether you’re spending time outdoors or just relaxing at home, here’s how to keep your infant safe and hydrated in hot weather. Staying hydrated To prevent dehydration, babies should be provided with extra fluids. Exclusively breastfed babies do not need extra drinks of water, but they may need to breastfeed more frequently than usual. Bottle fed babies and those on solids can be offered cooled boiled water throughout the day. Their usual milk feeds should be given first, then water top-ups. Keeping babies cool during the day Dress...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Looking for Father’s Day gift ideas? This year Father’s Day lands on Sunday 18th June and we’ve hunted around for our favourite presents to suit different budgets and tastes. Whether your dad is the outdoors type or a laid-back homebody, we hope you’ll find the perfect gift idea for him. The XL Man Box This extra-large gift box by Ross and Ross Food comes with a warning: it’s only for the hungriest and hardiest men in your life. Each box includes a manly banquet of tasty treats that come straight from the Cotswolds – bottles of ale and larger,...

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