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Paramedic and mum reveals the six ‘important’ numbers all parents should have saved in their phone

A paramedic and mum has revealed the numbers all parents should have saved in their phone, and why they might help to save your child’s life.  

The CEO of parenting organisation Tiny Hearts Education Nikki Jurcutz, from Melbourne, said there are six ‘important’ numbers you should have readily on hand if you have young children.

The numbers include a poisons information hotline, a breastfeeding help number, after hours GP and maternal child hotline.

A paramedic and mum has revealed the numbers all parents should have saved in their phone, and why they might help to save your child’s life (Nikki Jurcutz pictured)

'There are so many amazing resources available for parents and families to use,' Nikki captioned an Instagram video detailing the numbers all parents need (pictured)

‘There are so many amazing resources available for parents and families to use,’ Nikki captioned an Instagram video detailing the numbers all parents need (pictured)

‘There are so many amazing resources available for parents and families to use,’ Nikki captioned an Instagram video.

The six numbers to save to your phone as a parent 

Poisons information hotline: 13 11 26

After hours GP hotline: 1800 022 222

Pregnancy, birth and baby hotline:  1800 882 436

National breastfeeding helpline: 1800 686 268

PANDA: 300 726 306

Maternal Child Hotline: 13 22 29

Source: Tiny Hearts Education

‘Here are a few of our favourites. If you’re an expecting or new parent, make sure you have all these numbers handy.’

The six numbers are the poisons information hotline, the after hours GP hotline, the pregnancy, birth and baby hotline, the national breastfeeding helpline, PANDA and maternal child hotline.

Nikki said the poisons information hotline can be used for information on poisons, overdoses, medicine mistakes and bites from jellyfish, snakes, spiders and insects.

While the after hours GP hotline is a godsend for speaking to a nurse after hours and talking through any symptoms your child might have.

Nikki said the pregnancy, birth and baby hotline will help with a maternal child health nurse who is available to talk about pregnancy and answer any newborn questions you might have.

The national breastfeeding helpline offers a range of advice from breastfeeding counsellors on any problems you might be having with breastfeeding.

Finally, PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia – supports the mental health of parents and families during pregnancy and in their first year of parenthood. 

The maternal child hotline can offer information, guidance and support on issues including breastfeeding, child growth and development and infant and child nutrition.

Thousands who saw the Tiny Hearts video were quick to thank the paramedic for sharing it, and said they would be saving the numbers.

‘Great post, love your work,’ one person commented.

Others shared their experience with the various services. 

‘I’ve called the Australian breastfeeding hotline and yes, they are so helpful!! Definitely a number you’ll want handy if you’re breastfeeding, or planning to and even if you’re the partner/support person of the birth person. It’s just a very helpful phone number to have,’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘I have used many of these. Thank you for sharing’. 

A third wrote: ‘I would add Mothersafe. For NSW residents 1800 647 848. Fantastic service. I called when pregnant to ask advice on safe antibiotics for a sinus infection. They were able to advise me and also urged me to get the GP to call them so they could learn some updated information. They have access to much more and also updated information compared to GP’s. Definitely a great resource!’

Nikki issued a warning to parents across Australia about the common household choking hazards

Nikki issued a warning to parents across Australia about the common household choking hazards (pictured)

Nikki issued a warning to parents across Australia about the common household choking hazards (right)

Previously, Nikki revealed the foods that cause the most choking in kids. 

Nikki explained that rounded food like grapes are the most dangerous as they are the exact size of a childs esophagus and can fully block the airway.

Nikki uploaded a video demonstrating how similar small rounded foods are in shape and size to a child’s esophagus.

‘Not all foods were created equal. Some foods pose a higher choking risk than others. Round foods are a high risk choking food and this is why,’ she captioned her informative video.

The paramedic said that rounds foods can fit perfectly in a child’s esophagus and completely block the airways.

The solution is to modify the shape of the food, and it can be modified by quartering or squashing flat.

‘Prevention is key,’ Nikki said, explaining that even if the modified fruit were to get stuck in a child’s airway there is still space for oxygen to get to the lungs.

‘If your little one does choke, and has their airway completely blocked off, you should perform choking first aid immediately.’

How to prevent choking in kids 

* Modify small round-shaped foods by quartering or squishing them flat

* If the modified fruit were to get stuck in a child’s airway there is still space for oxygen to get to the lungs

* If a child does choke and has their airway completely blocked off, you should perform choking first-aid immediately

* Never put your fingers in a child’s throat while they’re choking as your fingers could push it further down, instead, perform back blows and chest thrusts on the child

Source: Tiny Hearts Education



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