You’re dining at a restaurant with a friend when food becomes lodged in his throat. It’s clear he’s having a hard time breathing. “Are you choking?” you ask. He nods. What do you do? A rapid response on your part can save your friend's … [Read more...] about Performing the Heimlich Maneuver, and what to do when it doesn’t work
You can’t predict, but you can prepare. The very definition of emergencies is they’re sudden, unexpected and urgent. When it’s involving your child, panic can set in; but there are a few steps you can take to ensure your response is measured and … [Read more...] about 5 things you can do to prepare for an emergency involving your child
Fear of spiders is one of humanity’s most common phobias, but of the nearly 900 species of spiders in Texas, only two are considered poisonous to humans. This means most spider bites aren’t worth panicking over, but bites from black widow spiders … [Read more...] about Spider bites: When should I seek medical attention?
As a parent, it can be difficult to know whether your child needs immediate medical attention or whether it's safe to just "tough it out." So the next time you think your child broke his arm, let’s discuss how to recognize an emergency and explore … [Read more...] about What constitutes a medical emergency?
More than 50 million people in America suffer from allergies, and the physiological response varies for each person. Anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock) is a severe and sometimes fatal allergic reaction to an allergen. This reaction is most often the … [Read more...] about Allergies: Understanding Anaphylaxis
You’ve experienced it many times before. Perhaps you ate some bad pizza at lunch but you didn’t know it until the intense stomach cramps suddenly hit you. Or maybe later that evening you develop a fever and you start to vomit. These are the … [Read more...] about How to Handle Food Poisoning
So you’re working in the yard on a beautiful autumn day when you notice that you can’t seem to catch your breath. Sure, you’ve been slacking a little bit on your cardio, and you’ve been known to eat a few slices of cake after dinner, but you reassure … [Read more...] about Recognizing a Heart Attack
A seizure is not only scary for the person experiencing it, but it’s also terrifying for the people who may be witnessing the epileptic attack. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about this neurological brain disorder. Overview of Epilepsy … [Read more...] about Seizures 101: What You Need to Know
As the population continues to grow throughout the Texas triangle and communities begin to stretch out into untouched areas, encounters with venomous snakes inevitably occur. The CDC estimates that 7,000–8,000 people per year receive venomous bites … [Read more...] about Treating Snakebites in Texas
Disaster, accidents, and emergency situations aren’t predictable. Whether you're hunkering down in preparation of a hurricane, treating and transporting an injured child, or have just been t-boned by a sedan--the first step is always to try and … [Read more...] about Keeping Kids Calm During an Emergency