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Your Child's Health: The Parents' One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development Paperback – November 29, 2005

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Emergencies:
--when to call your child's physician immediately
-what to do in case of burns, bites, stings, poisoning, choking, and injuries
Common Illnesses:
-when it's safe to treat your child at home
-step-by-step instructions on dealing with fever, infections, allergies, rashes, earaches, croup and other common ailments
Behavior Problems:
-proven strategies for colic, sleep disturbances, toilet training problems, thumbsucking, and the video game craze
-no-nonsense discipline techniques for biting, temper tantrums, sibling fighting, and school refusal
Health Promotion: From Birth Through Adolescence:
-essential advice on newborn baby care, nutrition, cholesterol testing, immunizations, and sex education
-ways of preventing spoiled children, picky eaters, overeating, tooth decay, accidents, and homework problems

About the Author

Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Director of the Sleep Disorder Clinic and Encopresis-Enuresis clinic at The Children's Hospital of Denver. He has written more than one-hundred articles for fellow pediatricians, as well as the book Pediatric Telephone Protocols and the computer software program The Pediatric Advisor, used by over four-hundred-and-fifty hospitals nationwide.

Dr. Schmitt has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award in 2004. He and his wife spend as much time as possible with their children and 6 grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised and Updated ed. edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383690
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I had my first baby in 1997, I bought A LOT of child care/medical reference books. My purchases included Dr. Spock, Dr. Sears, Penelope Leach, and Dr. Brazelton. My only keeper has been "Your Child's Health," but the version I first owned was a bit out of date. (For example, ibuprofen was still a prescription drug.) Now I am delighted that my favorite book when my kids are sick was updated in 2005. When I saw this edition, I immediately replaced my own copy and bought one for my sister who is a new mom.

Like the older edition, this book is organized in a VERY useful way. For each type of problem, there is a quick summary that leads you quickly to an understanding of what you probably should do for your child right now, tomorrow, or at your next doctor's appointment.

This book also helps to calm nervous parents. The section about fevers is a great example of this. Barton acknowledges that fevers are scary for parents. He then provides calming words, clear facts and direction about when you really need to worry.

I still find that the advice does break down when it comes to issues that I consider cultural in nature. I do not think that this author is an expert in the areas of co-sleeping, breast feeding or feeding schedules. I strongly reccomend Dr. Sears or the La Leche League for more thorough and thoughtful information on these subjects.

Despite this small weakness, I think that this is a book that every family with babies and small children MUST have.
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I've looked at a lot of child care books as both an RN and a mother of three, and this is hands down my favorite.

Your Child's Health covers illnesses and emergencies, as does his other book, Pediatric Telephone Advice, but is written in easier to understand language and also covers topics such as behavior problems and healthy development. It has so many wonderful tips that I utilized it while working as a public health nurse for questions about new baby care and problems, physical symptoms, and behavior concerns. The great thing about this book is that it has information about what you can try at home, and alerts you about when to call the doctor and when to go to the emergency room. Although other child care books try to do this, usually they are "lite" versions, and you wonder what sort of person wrote them (are they worried about getting sued if they provide too much information?).

This author speaks from a TON of experience. Just read the information about "Newborns and Mountain Travel" or "Eating Problems: Other Strategies." Then check out what to do when you have a child with "Itching, Unknown Cause (Localized)" or "Foreign Body in the Nose." Where else are you going to find information about sea urchin stings, how to remove a tick, homework problems, and sleep problems? Almost everyone will utilize the information about vomiting and diarrhea. There are simple, objective ways of determining whether you should keep your child at home, call the doctor immediately, or call within 24 hours.
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We take the calls for 20 pediatricians' offices overnight. The protocols we use to decide when a child needs to go to the ER, make an appt during office hours, or be treated by parents at home were written by this author. We often use this book to give parents additional advice for treating at home, because this book is written in a way that is very easy for parents to understand. It covers everything for illness and injury from the basics (is green poop ok?) to the unusual (what to do for a jellyfish sting). At 2 a.m. with a child who has a fever of 104, you will be glad you have this book!
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This was recommended to me by a family member who is a family doctor - OBGYN in a small town.

I found that this book is very helpful in the middle of the night when your child has "X" symptom and you don't know if you should call the pediatrician, go to the ER or wait it out. It explains different symptoms concerning a single problem (for example Vomiting) and gives you a list of things that are "normal" and you can watch child overnight and things that are serious and you should call or see a Dr. immediately.

This is such a great resource to have on hand - I have it on my iPhone and have used it many times in the middle of the night when deciding a course of treatment (water, Tylenol, ibuprofen, pedialite, crackers, bath, sleep, etc.) and whether my child's symptoms are "normal" for the condition he has (i.e., a cold, stomach flu, misc. virus, etc.)
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Best, best, best book I've ever purchased! Yes, I know that sounds extreme, but when you are a new parent and freaking out about your child's first fevers or rashes, or worried everything you are doing is ruining their sleep schedule for life, this book was a divine intervention. Our pediatrician recommended we buy a book from this author because he reportedly writes the manuals for hospitals when parents call in and talk to nurses about their child's medical issues. The book is very comprehensive about conditions, symptoms, healthy habits, feeding, trouble-shooting, etc. for all ages - newborns to teenagers. The author provides helpful suggestions about when to call your child's physician and when to go straight to the ER. It dispels lots of myths about how to treat certain conditions or symptoms (e.g., fevers, coughs) and the sections on establishing or correcting sleep routines (including info about feeding our infant) helped us have our baby sleeping through the night by the second month. Now he's 15 months old an has never needed OTC medications and still sleeps around 12 (uninterrupted) hours a night.

I have purchased this book for family and have recommended it to friends and coworkers. I bought mine for a much higher price in the big book store, but have never regretted getting it as soon as our little one had his first well-child visit. So thankful for our pediatrician's recommendation and for the book!!
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