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The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent Hardcover – January 6, 2004
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Pediatrician Michel Cohen delights in offering anxious parents unconventional wisdom about children and toddlers: "less medicine is often the best medicine." Following an A to Z format, Cohen successfully skewers myths about every aspect of childcare. Using generic case kids "Lucy" and "Jimmy," and "real questions from real parents" he offers a compendium of health care information. Whether talking about behavior (bed-wetting, thumb sucking, school anxiety), symptoms (green mucus, earwax or eczema), or prevention (immunization, vitamins, toothbrushing), Cohen's approach is fresh and his tone is wise and wry--when discussing the drawbacks of medication for carsickness, he suggests that the best remedy is a plastic bag. Consistent core beliefs underline Cohen's alphabet: Doctors should not medicate all ills, antibiotics weaken natural immunity, you can't spoil your baby, but you can spoil your life. This practical, enjoyable guide is limited only by its short A-Z format--the information is so clear and valuable that parents will surely want to hear more from Dr. Cohen. --Barbara Mackoff
From Publishers Weekly
Essentially a user's guide to babies and young children, Cohen's book makes parenting sound as simple and straightforward as changing a light bulb or fixing a broken screen door. By no means comprehensive, the book provides simple and reliable information on health care for the under-12 set. Cohen, a founding member of New York's Tribeca Pediatrics, is something of a celebrity pediatrician, and his book has a slightly hip feel to it: it's done in a clean layout, with snappy sidebars featuring "real questions from real parents" and little symbols near many entries specifying what age group the advice pertains to. Naturally, some subjects get more coverage than others (e.g., the section on adopted children spans three pages, while car sickness gets a quarter of a page). This resource should come in handy as a quick reference on subjects as diverse as calcium, cavities, school anxiety and swimmer's ear.
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I read it when I was pregnant, when my son was born every doctor & nurse commented that my husband & I seemed incredibly relaxed & confident for 1st time parents. When my son refused to nurse the hospital had all sorts of recommendations & equipment to help us. I took Dr. Cohen's advice & asked my Grandmother instead. After a quite hour cuddling my son nursed like a champ.
I am most greatful for Dr. Cohen's sleep advice. My son refused to sleep after he started to teeth. I tried "no cry" and gentle sleep methods... For months.... I slept for a few hours a night. Finally I convinced my husband to lovingly place our 18 month old in his crib & walk away until morning. The first night was no fun. The next night he fell asleep after five minutes & slept the ENTIRE NIGHT!! God Bless Dr. Cohen!