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This book should be on your bookshelf!,
This review is from: Take Charge of Your Child's Health: A Parent's Guide to Recognizing Symptoms and Treating Minor Illnesses at Home (Paperback)If you enjoyed the book "How to Raise a Healthy Child...In Spite of Your Doctor" by Robert Mendelsohn, you will love this book by George Wootan. It is a natural extension of the principals Dr. Mendelsohn presents, and for good reason. Dr. Wootan encountered Dr. Mendelsohn while beginning to research and write this book, and he gave him a new perspective on the pediatrician's role in children's healthcare. He asked him how many times he ever discovered a problem during a routine evaluation that the mother did not already suspect. The answer was, "once."
"Take Charge of Your Child's Health" outlines a complete program for parents to examine their own child on a routine basis, so as to be able to identify what is normal and abnormal for that particular child. Doctors rely on the information given to them by the parents, and as such it should be accurate in order to arrive at accurate conclusions.
The book goes on to describe all the major bodily systems and explains in detail most of the problems any parent would ever encounter with their child's health. It provides simple, logical and safe methods for treating these problems at home, and gives guidelines on when outside help is absolutely necessary (which is very rare). Above all, Dr. Wootan urges parents to take a deep breath and "make a cup of tea" whenever an urgent situation arises, as a calm, clear head is truly what will save your child's life.
Another thing I really loved about this book was its thorough examination of all the childhood vaccines and vaccine-available diseases, enabling parents to make an informed decision on which vaccines they choose for their children. Dr. Wootan does a fabulous job of providing a balanced and level-headed look at this very controversial subject. Such an explanation on vaccines is extremely difficult to come by.
For parents who truly believe that they are responsible for their children's health, and are not willing to hide behind what the doctor tells them to do, Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6) by Ramiel Nagel, is another must-read.
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2011 1:12:18 PM PST
D. Krstulovich says:
Thanks for your comment. I agree, especially about vaccines. I've NEVER seen anyone do a better job of discussing childhood illnesses and their corresponding vaccines, including all the pros and cons. Wooten's intellectual generosity really helps parents to make INFORMED decisions they will feel confident about.
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