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"This book is long overdue. Parents are overwhelmed by choices in caring for the health of their children. Thorough and practical, this guide is invaluable for deciding on the best care, from various healing traditions to conventional scientific medicine."
-Robert Schiller, M.D., Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

"This book offers a fresh voice for parents and professionals in search of a wide-angle view of child health. Randy Neustaedter has given us a wealth of information collected from his extensive experience caring for children. Child Health Guide will be an invaluable addition to the field of Pediatrics for anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge beyond the confines of our conventional health care system."
- Stephen S. Cowan, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician

"Child Health Guide provides parents and healthcare practitioners with valuable information to keep children healthy. This book teaches us to strengthen and maintain vitality in infants and children using natural interventions. Randy Neustaedter offers a strong voice to support another way of thinking about how we raise our children."
- Lawrence B. Palevsky, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician

"Congratulations to Dr. Neustaedter on another great book! With sections on nutrition, sleep, behavior, common health problems, and more, Child Health Guide will prove an indispensable reference for parents wanting to raise their children in a more healthful, natural, and thoughtful way. While thoroughly researched and referenced, the concise presentation makes the information easy for busy parents to absorb and use right away. Dr. Neustaedter’s dedication to the betterment of our children’s health can be found on every page."
- Janet Lavatin, M.D., Pediatrician

"Child Health Guide is a comprehensive and easily accessible tool that provides new and experienced parents with a solid foundation of practical and evidence-based information that will confidently guide them through integrating traditional and alternative healthcare methods of treatments. This is a must-read for parents who want to make informed and safe healthcare choices."
- Lisa Reagan, President, Families for Natural Living

"Parents who want to raise a child with truly optimal health now have a valuable resource in Child Health Guide. This empowering book covers all aspects of holistic parenting to help parents make informed decisions. It is a great gift to parents and a refreshing contribution to a pediatric healthcare system in need of transformation."
- Jane Sheppard, Executive Director, Holistic Pediatric Association

About the Author

Dr. Randall Neustaedter has practiced holistic medicine for more than thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in child health care. He is a licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, as well as president of the Holistic Pediatric Association (, author of the The Vaccine Guide, and the father of five children. Visit his website,, to register for a free newsletter with pediatric updates.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556435649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556435645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Health Nut on January 14, 2006
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If you're someone who finds yourself inexorably drawn to living the healthy life and want the best for your child's health, you should consider buying this book. It's the most concise, accurate treatise I've seen on the subject of children's health. In fact, I intend to buy 10 copies and give them out to friends and relatives as they have kids!

Dr. Neustaedter not only covers traditional subjects like coughs, colds, ear infections, and supplements, but he also broadens the net to include assessments of water filters, safe crib mattresses to reduce SIDS, breastfeeding how-tos, Vitamin K shots at birth, etc. This is but a sampling of what's included! I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering getting pregnant (since the subject matter covers conception to pre-teen health).

What's taken 80% of my leisure time in the last 4 years to investigate on my own, he's drawn together in one handy book for you. Wish he'd published this 4 years ago :-)

BTW, who am I? I am a woman who is into all things healthy and am the lodestone for all I know IRL who want to find out what being healthy means. They've always suggested I should publish a book, but now, I don't have to - Dr. Randy's done it :-)

Lastly, the other book you should have is Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child - which includes every possible illness under the sun, and 4 or 5 alternative, home remedy, and allopathic treatments for each.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Z on October 9, 2009
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This book has RAVE reviews and I hesitate to write a slightly negative one, but here goes. I have an 18-month old. I have been in search for a holistic pediatrician in our area with no luck. After reading these reviews I thought for sure I had found a solution to my problems: A book that would give me some information on how to treat symptoms holistically. My son has had so many ear infections and I hestitate to give him antibiotics for each one, altho our current pediatrician deemed it a necessary evil. I was hoping to find other types of remedies. Same with teething. Same with other things.

As a mother of a toddler, I found no help in a book that dealt more specifically with newborns and the first 6 months of child care. There is a tiny tiny section on Toddlers. That's it. And that section was not very helpful.

In addition, most of the information is stuff I have already heard and read in other books. If you are new to holistic child rearing, then perhaps this book is for you. If you are NOT a novice, then I would say this book give just a general overview of the topics and there may be better other resources out there for you.

I was pretty disappointed and am returning the book at my own expense.

But, like I said, if you are new to this subject or if you have a new baby, then you may find this book very helpful. The title should be changed to Child Health Guide, Newborn to 6 months.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Knowledge is Power on March 24, 2006
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The Child Health Guide is hands down the best, holistic book on pregnancy & parenting that I have found yet. I'm still learning stuff that I didn't know -- stuff that helps with my 15 year old!!

The author holds a degree in Oriental Medicine and focuses on scientific information to teach you to make healthier choices for you and your family.

Here's a sampling: Plastic Toys and Phthalates; Environmental Toxins In The Home; Chemicals To Avoid In Shampoo; Why Avoid Soy?; Which Sweeteners Are (Relatively) Safe & Sweeteners To Avoid; DHA Supplementation, Cod Liver Oil Nutrient Content, Fats For Children, etc.; The Most Important Foods To Avoid; Principles Of Holistic Pediatrics For Parents; Vaccines -- Making An Informed Choice.

There is an entire section that focuses on managing acute illness, treatment at home & when to seek outside help.

There is so much more. This IS the book to get for someone looking to get pregnant and raise healthy children!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By purplelizard on January 5, 2006
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Being holistic, I've been waiting a long time for one book to bring together so much vital information for new parents, I cannot recommend this book more--read this even before you get pregnant and before other baby books!! His resources are up to date and quite vast. Randall informs you of what testing, vaccines...and steps/procedures are and are not vital in those early days of your newborn....he tells you all about the covering of newborn mattresses...foods to feed and avoid at what ages (carrots not too early!). Please be aware this is NOT a "granola" book on parenting..if you can't breast is ok...he gives you recipes for awesome infant the toxic world we live in today--this book is a must!! (his other book on vaccines is also essential reading)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Real Name on March 24, 2007
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This kind of information can be difficult to get your hands on... What plastics are safe? Do you need to filter your water and what kind is best? What about vaccines (which ones the author considers safe & when to administer) and flouride (author says avoid). What tests are necessary for the newborn? Some other topics include: newborn basics, how to co-sleep safely, and how to "wrap" a matress in food-grade plastic sheeting to reduce the incidence of SIDS.
Nutrition is covered, including allergies. For instance, did you know soy is NOT an appropriate food for babies? For parents who need to give formula there are several recipes for home-made formulas (milk-based, goatmilk-based, liver-based, and how to supplement store-bought formulas).
Other pertinant information includes teething, common childhood illnesses (colds, fevers, ear-aches, etc.) with explanations on how and when to treat with homeopathic remedies, along with chapters about each stage of childhood.
Overall, an interesting addition to your home library, good place to start and many things to think about.
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