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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316017485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316017480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. James Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors. Peter Sears, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in family practice in Nashville, TN.

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William Sears, M.D., received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He has practiced as a pediatrician for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. The Searses are the parents of eight children. Drs. Robert and James Sears are both board-certified pediatricians at the Sears Family Pediatric Practice in San Clemente, California. All four authors live in southern California. More information about the Searses can be found at www.SearsParenting.com and www.AskDrSears.com.

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It is loaded with valuable information, tips and is very easy to read.
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Pregnant, nervous, and paranoid, I found an article in Baby Talk magazine about Dr. Sears & decided to look into his books.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Johanna LoPorto on March 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to start this post by being very honest, as parents, we always want our children well and taken care of. Yet, sometimes when my son is sick, I just don't want to take him to the doctor. Franco is 20 months old and attending daycare, he is always coming down with one thing or another, so I requested The Portable Pediatrician to review as I heard it was the best tool a parent should have in their home. Simply said-this book is awesome!

Sometimes, we are not sure whether to take our child to the emergency room to wait endless hours, for something that may not be life-threatening. Well, that is where The Portable Pediatrician comes in. This book is a must have reference for every home regardless of your child's age. The Portable Pedetrician is part of the Dr. Sears Parenting Library that was recently released on February 23rd and covers everything from a common cold, ear aches, teething to learning disabilities,vaccines and so much more. This book even goes from newborn development all the way to puberty. It includes charts and little synopsis of when you should worry, seek a physician or simply try a remedy at home. The Portable Pediatrician is that basic but also that extreme, discussing common illnesses to more serious diseases.

The format of the book is easy to read and similar to an encyclopedia, with all topic listed from A-Z which I found very convenient. The information provided is practical and detailed. I have had this book for about a month now and have had the chance to put some of the advice to practice. The results were great. Please know however, this book is no way to be used to eliminate medical for your child, but simply, to be used as a helpful guide. I just love the fact that I have something to refer to when Franco is not feeling well.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MissLiss1234 on March 12, 2011
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I am a mother of three young kids--a kindergartener, preschooler and infant. I have almost all of the Sears books, so I was hesitant about getting this one. I am so glad that I did! It is loaded with valuable information, tips and is very easy to read. I looked up every illness and reason I have ever gone to the doctor's and all of them were included in this book. And who better than the Sears family to get information from?! Love it, needed it, and hope every family gets it!
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THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN is a comprehensive guide, totalling 554 pages, not including the index, covering the health of infant through preteen. Health is a gift one cannot take lightly or purchase for our children, the next best thing is having the gift of knowledge. Based on the best science, medical references and the most current information available THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN provides this for you. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book it moves fourth to chapter I titled "Four Things All Parents Must Do to Keep Their Children Healthy," from choosing the right doctor to tips on providing the best nutrition. Chapter II explains the importance of "Well-Baby" and "Well-Child Exams" from vaccines to school sports physicals and more. Chapter III lists "Pediatric Concerns and Illnesses" alphabetically, including treatment, causes, what to do, when to worry, home remedies and so much more. Chapter IV of the book "Medicine Cabinet," guides you through giving medicines to your child to allergic reactions and more. There are very helpful Dr Sears Tips throughout the book with the index at the back for quick reference.

This is a large book, don't expect to sit down and read this whole book in one sitting, for many reasons. Although the Sears authors give the reader the most important points of each illness, that a parent or caretaker can take care of, it is best to come back to the book as your child develops and the need arises. Another important thing to remember is that each child is an individual and your child may never experience some of the illnesses in this book in his lifetime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maggiej on March 27, 2011
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What a fantastic book! I also have the AAP equivalent, and this book absolutely blows it out of the water. Thanks to Dr Sears for another great addition to our library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mommy411 on December 16, 2011
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This book is useful. I purchased it along with The Baby Book and The Vaccine Book which are also good. I will say this book is more for once your child is a toddler or older.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sadies on August 8, 2011
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As one who avidly devours anything about health, I would say this book is a basic Must Read, especially if you are where I was just a few short months ago. Pregnant, nervous, and paranoid, I found an article in Baby Talk magazine about Dr. Sears & decided to look into his books. I must say, this book has really made feel much less frightened of parenthood & has given me good peace of mind. I am a firm believer in Holistic & Preventative medicine, Dr. Sears gives you all the tools you need to retain a happy, healthy child! My son is two months old now & I can rest assured that when the time comes to care for him while he is sick, I will be prepared! Until then, I practice preventing him from falling ill & I am so happy I know how!
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