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Aches, Pains, Rashes and Nosebleeds...

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Everything You Should Know!

With winter well on it’s way out the backdoor and summer on our front doorstep, our kids will spend much more time outside.

Horseplay and wild running always leads to bruises, nose bleeds and funny rashes from allergic reactions.

In this blog we will cover all three issues in one go!

Nose Bleeds

When your little one comes crying with a bloody nose, don’t panic! Have your child sit or stand up to reduce the blood pressure in the veins of their nose, so the bleeding slows down. Let them lean forward and spit most of the blood out of their mouths and gently pinch their nose shut near the tip either with a tissue or a clean wash cloth. Use your thumb and your index finger to keep it closed. Remind your little one to breathe through their mouth and if there is any blood in their throat to keep spitting it out. Apply constant pressure for at least ten minutes, but be sure to hold their nose gently. Blood usually scares toddlers, so keep on assuring them that everything is going to be just fine!

Things to Avoid:

  • Never tilt your Buddy’s head back, this forces the blood down their throat and could cause vomiting.
  • Don’t put cotton wool in the nose. It can stick as the blood dries and cause the wound to open again by injuring the new blood clots that formed to congeal the blood.
  • If the nose starts bleeding again, let your child blow their nose to remove any blood clots and repeat the previous steps mentioned.
  • If a nosebleed does not stop, call your doctor immediately. Especially if their nose begins to bleed after a fall or a blow to the head!

Preventing Bloody Noses:

If the air in your home is very dry, your Buddy might get a bloody nose when they are sleeping, so use a humidifier in the room at night. A tiny bit of Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly inside the nose can also help relieve dryness. Some kids pick their noses and long, sharp finger nails can also hurt the nostrils, so keep those nails trimmed short!


A rash is an allergic reaction to bug bites, the sun, plants or grass and food.  A common skin rash can be identified by swollen, red patches or itchy bumps. Usually a rash only lasts for a day or two.

Here are a Few Tips to Relieve the Itchiness:

  • Use a cool, damp washcloth and apply an anti-itch ointment, cream or lotion.
  • Keep your Buddy’s nails trimmed so when they do scratch the affected area, it is not irritated or scratched open.
  • Run a bath of hot water and let your little one soak in it. Do not rub the affected area with a sponge or a washcloth, just gently apply soap on the skin with your hands and rinse off.
  • Try to stay away from fragrant or scented soaps and creams.
  • Try to identify what is triggering the allergic reaction. Once you know the reason, you can prevent your Buddy from coming into contact with the culprit causing the itch!

NOTE: If your Buddy has the rash for longer than a week, has trouble swallowing, breathing, a racing pulse or shortness of breath, go to the hospital or call your doctor immediately!


Here is what you should know if you suspect your Buddy might have a head injury. Look for symptoms like headaches, dizziness, sleeping too much or too little and blurred vision. If your little one did knock their head and they do complain of any symptoms we just mentioned, go and see a doctor as soon as possible! It is very important that a child gets medical care immediately as well as monitoring their progress for at least a month after the incident. A concussion takes a minimum of 30 days to heal and it might even take longer before your Buddy is ready to return to school or their normal daily activities. An interesting fact is that girls take longer to heal than boys. The one thing to remember is to seek advice from a trained professional if you do suspect your Buddy might have a concussion. The sooner treatment starts, the better their chances of making a full recovery.


It is good for your child’s health to spend time outdoors. It has been confirmed that nature boosts one’s mood and helps with vitamin D absorption due to playing in the sunlight. It also helps to keep young bodies active and healthy. So, even though there might be bumps, bruises or scrapes, encourage your Buddy to go and have fun in the sun!

Now, another yummy recipe to try!

This is a great, easy and quick snack for hungry kids especially if you have your hands full and your time is limited.

Puffy Cheesy Toast


-4 bread — slices
-1 cup cheddar cheese — grated
-1 cup of creamy sweetcorn
-1 egg — extra large, beaten


Preheat the grill. Toast the bread on both sides until golden.

Mix the cheese, sweetcorn and egg in a small bowl.

Place the toast on a baking tray and top with the cheese mixture.

Grill for 2 – 3 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.

Serve warm, so the cheese remains oozy and stringy!

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed our latest edition. I can’t wait to share some more interesting facts and tips with you next time!

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