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Not as good as the first book in the series
on August 20, 2001
When my kids were younger, I relied on the first book in the American Academy of Pediatrics's series, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, when my children were ill and when I had questions about whether they were growing and developing "normally." I thought this book would be similar, but cover older kids. It doesn't! As the Amazon review above mentions, discussions of childhood illnesses and injuries are kept to a minimum. Almost any time one of my kids has a symptom or illness and I'm wondering if it is serious enough to require a visit to the doctor, the book has little or nothing to say on the subject. Instead, there are lengthy discussions of things like ADHD and learning disabilities that you might never encounter in your kids, as well as info. on taking care of your kids' emotional health. Useful information, but not what I wanted when I bought a book from the APA!