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The benefits of using a child-friendly harness



Customers ask me a lot  whether they should purchase a harness for their child – and if other people might think that they are treating their child like a dog.

My opinion on this matter – I belief times has change- as much as we would love our children to run around in shopping malls and other busy areas, the world is unsafe for little children now.

 A lost child is a vulnerable child! And if you use a harness in the correct way it could help you as parent to keep your little one safe in busy areas and it helps the child to walk in a safe distance from you.

All our harness are equipped with leashes that can be removed in seconds- with other words if you are in a quieter area you can remove the leash part and your child can run/walk freely on their own.




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Poisoning can be divided into four types:
swallowed poisons
inhaled poisons
absorbed poisons (through the skin or mucous membranes)
injected poisons

Swallowed poisons
Common poisons include medication, paraffin, poisonous plants and cleaning agents.

Get help immediately if:

  • Your child is unconscious or not breathing.
  • There are any signs of poisoning. Contact your local Poison Information Centre.

Nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting. Difficulty breathing, coughing of blood, may or may not turn blue, lethargy and convulsion. There may be burn marks in or around the mouth.

Home treatment
If your child is not breathing, do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but first check for poisonous material around the mouth. Wash the area around the her mouth and if necessary, use a barrier device.

Establish the following:

  • what poison was taken; the amount; how the poison entered the body; when the poison was taken. Phone the Poison Information Centre and ask for instructions of what to do.
  • Keep a sample of what your child has taken, even if it is an empty container or leaves of a poisonous plant.
  • Never try to induce vomiting as this could cause further damage. Some poisons, especially corrosive substances can cause further damage during vomiting.
  • Do not give fluid, including Syrup of Ipecac, or activated charcoal unless told to do so by the Poison Information Centre.

Inhaled poisons
Common sources are carbon monoxide and gas used for heating.

Get help immediately if:
He is unconscious or not breathing.
There are any signs of poisoning. Contact your local Poison Information Centre. Have the following information: your child’s age and approximate weight, the time the poisoning occurred and the type of poison inhaled.

Irritated eyes, nose, throat or lungs. Coughing, headache, shortness of breath or dizziness.

Home treatment

  • Remove your child from the source of the poison to fresh air.
  • If the he is unconscious, call emergency services immediately.
  • If breathing has stopped, apply mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Call the Poison Information Centre and ask for instructions of what to do.

Absorbed poisons
Common sources include pesticides and poisonous plants.

Get help immediately if:
Your child is unconscious or not breathing.
There are any signs of poisoning. Contact your local Poison Information Centre.
Have the following information: her age and approximate weight, the time the poisoning occurred and the container of the poisonous substance.

Redding of the skin, blisters, swelling or burns.

Home treatment

  • Flush the affected area thoroughly with cool clean water.
  • Remove any clothing that has been in contact with the poison – be careful not to touch it.
  • Wash the area carefully with soap and water.
  • If there is poison in the eye, rinse the eye with cool water for 20 minutes.
  • Keep a sample of the poisonous substance, even if it is an empty container.
  • Call the Poison Information Centre.

Injected poisons
Poisons can be injected through a hollow needle or needle-like device such as a snake’s fangs.

Get help immediately if:

  • Your child is unconscious or not breathing.
  • There are any signs of poisoning. Contact your local Poison Information Centre. Have the following information: victim’s age and approximate weight, the time the poisoning occurred and the type of poisonous substance.
  • Your child has been bitten by a snake.

Irritation around the point of entry. Snake bites can be identified by marks on the skin.

Home treatment
Delay the spread of the poison to the rest of the body by letting the person lie down keeping the affected limb below the heart.

Prevention of poisoning

  • Use child-resistant caps on all containers of poisonous substances and lock away.
  • Check your garden and remove all poisonous plants.
  • Don’t remove products from their original packaging.
  • Dispose of outdated medications.
  • Avoid taking medication in front of children as they may imitate you.
  • Turn the light on when giving or taking medicine.
  • Turn on the fan and open windows when using chemical products.
  • Wear protective clothing (gloves, long pants, long sleeves, socks, shoes) when spraying pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Never mix household and chemical products together. A poisonous gas may be created when mixing chemicals.
  • Do not burn fuels or charcoal or use petrol-powered engines in confined spaces such as garages.
  • Check your house for lead-based paints.
  • Ask visitors to keep their medication or other poisonous substances well out of reach of children.
  • Keep a bottle of Syrup of Ipecac activated charcoal in your first aid kit but only use it if told to do so by the Poison Information Centre.

Poison Information Centres in South Africa

Western Cape:
Red Cross Children’s Hospital (021) 658 5111
Groote Schuur Emergency Unit (021) 404 4450
Tygerberg Information Centre (021) 931 6129

Eastern Cape:
Frere Hospital (043) 709 1111
Cecilia Makiwane (043) 708 2111
Livingston Hospital (041) 405 9111
Provincial Hospital (041) 392 3911

Orange Free State:
Universitas Hospital (051) 405 3503 / 405 3506/07

Jhb General Hospital (011) 488 4911
Medical Rescue International (011) 911 8688
ARWYP Emergency Service (011) 922 1164

Kwa-Zulu Natal:
St Augustine’s Hospital 0800 333 444 / (031) 21 1221

Common poisonous plants in South Africa

  • Syringa
  • Erythrina (lucky bean)
  • Castor oil plant
  • Chincherinchee
  • Foxglove
  • Stinkblaar/Jimson weed
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Oleander
  • Acokanthera
  • Fungi (don’t handle any fungi, especially mushroom and toadstools, unless you have knowledge about fungi)

Source : Parent24

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Hallo all,  our topic for this month is one that a lot of parents will find helpful.  Please visit our site for the best article on this subject called “layers of water safety”…we will try to keep you inform about this subject and include educational material for yourself and your children!  Link : http://www.kindersafe.co.za/Topic%20of%20the%20month%20-%20Feb.html

Our best seller Ear Band -Its

One of our products that I find extremely useful for children with ear problems are our Putty Buddies and Ear bandits!  My seuntjie het “grommets” en omdat hy ‘n spraakprobleem het is dit baie belangrik dat sy ore so funksioneel as moontlik bly.  Francois gaan  swem   NOOIT sonder  sy “ear plugs’ nie en dit werk 100% om sy ore droog en watervry te hou!

Keep water out!

Our special this month: A pair of Ear Band-Its for only R150.00 ~ normal price R250.00. 

 Ek was so gelukkig  om ‘n  swemskool in Amerika wat gesluit het se voorraad oor te koop @ ‘n goedkoper prys en ek wil graag  hierdie besparing vir julle gee.  Koop gerus ‘n paar – dit is die BESTE op die mark!!

Veilig swem!



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Our topic this month is BULLIES – and while deciding which safety tip to give you this week -I had a little personal crisis with my nine year old daugther at her new school today.

She loves her new school but one boy in her class is calling her names and with his actions/words are really hurting her.

Wat sê mens vir jou kind?? Ek gaan  ASAP met die juffrou praat  dat sy vir Mia op ‘n ander plek in die klas plaas en ek het mooi met Mia gepraat oor wat die beste plan van aksie is.

Ek kom ook toe af op Kidpower(www.kidpower.org)  se Bullies tips – en een het my regtig opgeval- omdat dit geld vir haar en vir my! Lees bietjie….

Filtering hurtful words.

Mean words are like trash. If we take them in our bodies, we can feel bad. Help kids imagine catching mean words so they don’t go inside.

We can throw the mean words away. The idea of a screen around their hearts and minds often helps older kids let in the words that help them grow, learn, and have fun while keeping

 out the words that break them down.

And then I discovered another excellent blog and exercise that you can do with your kids:

Talking to your Child about Hatred and Prejudice

When life hands you a lemon, peel it
We often think that teaching our children about Diversity is a long and difficult task. However as the following exercise shows, it can be as simple as peeling a lemon:
Gather a group of young children and give them lemons, one lemon for each child. Tell them to `get to know your lemon.” The children will examine their lemons-smell them, touch them, throw them in the air, and roll them around. After a few minutes, take the lemons back and collect them in a big basket. Next, ask the children to find their lemons from among the bunch. Remarkably, most recognize their lemons at once. Some will even get protective of them.
Next, ask the children to describe how they recognized their lemons. The responses are always varied. “My lemon was a big lemon,” one might say. “My lemon was a perfect lemon,” says another. And another, “My lemon had dents and bruises.” This launches the discussion about how people are like that-different sizes, different shapes, different shades of color, different “dents and bruises.”
After exploring those ideas, collect the lemons again. This time, peel the lemons and return them to the basket without their protective skin. Now tell the children to again find their lemon. Presented with this quandary, the children’s reactions are always precious. “But the lemons all look the same!” they’ll exclaim. This opens the door to a discussion of how people, much like the lemons, are pretty much the same on the inside.
While it may take only 15 minutes and a bowl of lemons to teach young children about diversity, it takes a conscious effort and a lifetime of attention to ensure that lesson is remembered. As parents and teachers, we must provide that commitment.


Sterkte vir die res van die skool week!



When life hands you lemons

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Stop Bullying Now is a new web site that tackles all forms of bullying and provides helpful tools and suggestions on how both kids and adults can address bullying and help make a difference.


 Stop Bullying Now is effectively two sites in one. Each section can be reached through the tabs that appear on every page: “What Kids Can Do” and “What Adults Can Do”. The kids’ site includes explanations of the different types of bullying and how kids can respond to certain bullying situations.

There are also twelve “webisodes”, featuring the animated cast of fictional Springdale Middle School, and lots of games and puzzles that are both entertaining and informative as they teach students to recognize the various bullying signs.

The adults section includes resources for both parents and educators that help with bullying awareness, prevention and intervention.

There is also an excellent section on cyberbullying, which provides more information on how this takes place and who’s at risk. There are common sense tips on how to prevent cyberbullying, as well as suggestions on what to do if your child is affected.
Besoek asseblief hierdie uitstekende webtuiste vir hulp.

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