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L.A.-based pediatrician Natterson wisely taps into parents' need for practical medical information during the first year of their child's life, providing a comprehensive, straightforward guide. The first section deals with the hospital experience, including everything parents should know about delivery, Apgar scores (which determine a newborn's health) and problems that may arise. Natterson goes on to address caring for a baby literally from head to toe, discussing each aspect of an infant's anatomy. For each topic, she includes a section on what parents can do, when a doctor needs to be involved, tests that are required, what the results mean, treatments and possible complications. Finally, Natterson covers tests and vaccines, giving basic information on when and why they're necessary. Natterson's style is parent-friendly yet professional, and she's terrific at tackling universal parenting questions that may be especially compelling during the first days and weeks of a child's life. Both veteran and parenting newcomers will find this a worthy resource, with solid advice and information (including up-to-date Web sites).
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About the Author

Cara Familian Natterson, M.D., practices medicine at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she completed her pediatric residency at the University of California at San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316739138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316739139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cara Natterson is a pediatrician, consultant, and award-winning author. She grew up in Los Angeles, dreaming of helping others. After medical school and training to be a pediatrician, she returned to her hometown where she worked as a primary care doctor. Her experiences were extraordinary and she learned first hand how difficult it can be for parents to navigate all of the information (good and bad) thrust at them. That's when Cara started writing books. At first she focused on medical issues, but over time her writing shifted to the most common fears and misconceptions about pediatric health.

Working on "The Care and Keeping of You" series has been a career highlight. With more than 4 million copies sold, these books speak directly to tweens and teens, much like Cara used to do in the office. They provide important information about growing up without creating anxiety. Today, Cara is a leading consultant and speaker in the tween health space.

Cara doesn't just know this topic, she lives it: she has a 10-year old daughter and an 8-year old son. She graduated from Harvard College and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. White on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although a small part of the book, her sections on breastfeeding are misleading and inaccurate at best. You can tell that she is strugling to make it sound like she thinks the breast is best, but is really not convinced of it herself. She makes many suggestions that can be actually detrimental to the establishment of a breastfeeding relationship, including just about any excuse to supplement with formula and sugar water. She also seriously neglects to state the advantages of breastmilk.

In the section on circumcision, she is also out of date. She suggests that circumcisions are not painful to infants less than 1 month and do not require anesthesia. This has been proven false in several studies. She also understates the risk factors and complications of circumcisions, while overstating the complications of leaving the child intact.

If you are looking for a book to repeat all the same information you have been hearing about babies for the last 20 years, this is your book. If you are looking for an accurate, upto date book on children, look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jdvma55 on April 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I keep both Newborn Head to Toe and Toddler Head to Toe on my nightstand to refer to questions I have about my 2yr old and 10mos. old. This book discusses a lot of common problems that your kids may have in a very matter of fact, non-alarmist, informative way. I have some of the other books that people have discussed in earlier reviews but, they are so bulky and dense, it takes a while to find the answer you need. This one is great for a quick reference and has been helpful for when I should call the Dr. and what questions to ask. Absolutely indispensible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnnMarie R. Harvie on February 9, 2007
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I found this to be a great compliment to my list of reliable resources. If my kids aren't bleeding or have a raging fever, I consult this book before I call the doctor's office with minor concerns. It has helped me get "smart" on infant conditions and what I can do about them. But although I like this book I woulld NEVER substitite it for a call to the doctor if I had doubts or questions.
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a straightforward guide that provides information on a vast array of topics. Written by a doctor it covers mainly practical medical facts (the kinds of things that new parents call the pediatrician about, and it actually tells you when you should be calling your doctor or not.) Also helps you figure out the basics of baby care. Includes website references too. I'd recommend a companion to this one called Gentle Baby Care by Pantley (the baby sleep guru) which covers many of the same topics in an A to Z format.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Herrin on August 3, 2004
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It's odd that the information in this book wasn't fact-checked against the medical literature or even with the pediatrician author's own professional organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics. As another reviewer noted, this book provides limited information on the biggest decision parents make regarding their baby's health, that of how to feed him or her. Unfortunately, Dr. Natterson does vulnerable new parents a disservice by presenting some outdated, inaccurate infant feeding information that serves to contradict and undermine the recommendations of both the AAP and the World Health Organization.

Infant feeding is just one aspect of the book, but because it's such a very important one, the author loses credibility.

Better baby "manuals" that are based on the scientific literature and on a baby's developmental needs (and that are also written by pediatricians, incidentally) are "The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)" and "Listening to Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn."
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By galaxyking on September 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
great gift for a new mom
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Tierney on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was profiled on the Today Show during World Breastfeeding Week and an excerpt was found at msnbc.com.

Dr. Natterson appears to mean well, but her information is inaccurate and her tone is often misleading. She identifies problems and fails to identify solutions. She has made several factual errors.

There are numerous solid reliable baby care handbooks available that do not suffer from these problems. I recommend consulting one of those. (The Baby Book by Sears, The AAP Guide, etc.)
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