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Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-9814354974
ISBN-10: 981435497X
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"Take a Deep Breath is a breath of fresh air for every parent and doctor who cares about children. Dr Nina Shapiro cuts through what we need to know, and reassuringly tells us what we dont need to worry about. A must read for every parent and grandparent."
-- Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor

"Take a Deep Breath is the ultimate go-to guide for breathing issues in childhood. Written in a clear, easy-to-read Q and A style, and divided by common issues in each age group, Dr Nina Shapiro teaches parents what they need to know, when to worry and when to relax about common health issues choking prevention and asthma, and what to do when your toddler sticks a toy up his nose!"
-- Ari Brown, Author of the 'Baby 411' book series

"Take a Deep Breath is a must read for any parent or caregiver who has ever questioned or considered a child's breathing. From the top of the nose to the bottom of the lungs, Dr Nina Shapiro, simply and practically explains when you should worry, when you can relax and what you need to know to ensure that everyone in your house breathes easier today, tonight and for the rest of their life." --Tanya Remer Altmann, Author of 'Mommy Calls: Dr Tanya Answers Parents Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers (AAP)'

"As a pediatrician, I am inundated with questions and concerns about a child's breathing. As a father, there is nothing more important than making sure my girls are healthy. Take a Deep Breath helps to answer every parent's questions about their child's breathing, and much more. New parents are often overloaded with information, but Dr Shapiro succeeds in writing a book that is straightforward and easy to read, allowing the reader to get the big picture and understand what to worry about, and more importantly, what not to worry about. Take a Deep Breath will undoubtedly set your mind at ease and help everyone breathe a little easier." --Scott W Cohen, Author of 'Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year'

"Take A Deep Breath will keep parents from hyperventilating! It is the perfect handbook of breathing written by an impeccable surgeon who is, first and foremost, a mom. If this book were required for every new parent, it would save pediatricians a lot of time and parents a lot of heartache." --Cara Natterson, Author of 'Worry Proof: A Pediatrician (and Mom) Explains Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals to Avoid to Have Safe and Healthy Children'

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"Take a Deep Breath" is a comprehensive, accessible, and indispensible guide for parents, caregivers, teachers, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers on the subject of children's breathing issues. The book provides a thorough review of breathing issues, differentiating the normal and abnormal for all ages, and at all levels of breathing passages. "Take a Deep Breath" explains all of the puzzling and oftentimes distressing breathing patterns our children have throughout development.

From the uppermost part of the breathing apparatus, the nose, to the lowermost part, the lungs, this book explains which problems are truly worrisome, and which are actually normal stages in a child's growth. "Take a Deep Breath" will enable the reader to do just that, take a deep breath, and get a better, clearer understanding about what's going on when your children breathe in and out. While pediatricians and other healthcare providers have expertise in all aspects of childhood illness, this book sheds new light on the latest research in pediatric breathing issues, sleep issues, and airway safety. Consisting of age-based sections, with location-based and problem-based chapters for each age group, each chapter also provides a 'to-do' list, offering successful preventions and treatments that can easily be done at home.

About 80 to 90% of children, at one time or another, have breathing problems. "Take a Deep Breath" will be a welcome, indispensible tool in all households with children. Day care providers, grandparents, babysitters and nannies, and parents' clubs will all benefit from this book immensely.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981435497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814354974
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danielle M. Smith VINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
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Parents often find themselves with many more questions than they originally anticipated prior to a child's birth. There are most likely very few parents who anticipated an infant with pneumonia and fewer were probably curious about whether their child at age one would snore as loud as their grandfather. Some of these situations are obviously much more severe than others, but determining when to take action and when to wait it out can sometimes be the most difficult question. A parent's number one source of information and advice is always their child's pediatrician, but who couldn't use a "go-to" manual? Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro, MD is the premier guide book for parents looking to "clear the air" for their little one as well as themselves.

Initially I agreed to review Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro because of our own family's struggle with breathing problems with my son. What I didn't expect was how wonderful a resource it would turn out to be. There were many points that Dr. Shapiro explains that we encountered during my son's infancy that we never considered simply because we felt he wasn't in any urgent distress. That's not to say we simply let him suffer through most of his first year, but had we known that using Afrin coupled with Saline drops could have relieved his allergy symptoms we would have jumped to use it. This isn't the only point, but now that he's older and suffers with severe allergy problems we will now be seeking out specific allergy testing that I wasn't aware was available until now. It also became clear to me that this would make an excellent gift to the parents of the new nephews we're welcoming into our family.
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Dr. Nina Shapiro is Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology and an Associate Professor UCLA School of Medicine. After writing lots of articles she decided to do a book. Lucky enough for parents, it reads as if you're sitting down and having a conversation with a highly trained and well regarded pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon.

"Take a Deep Breath" is an A to Z guide on children's breathing issues. It includes every airway what it should do when normal, what's abnormal but nothing too bad and what to freak out about. Categorized by age, each section also offers up a list of what caregivers can do to prevent some of the most common problems and treatments that can be administered at home to ease the problems that occur. About 80% to 90% of kids will experience some airway angst during their childhood so this is a worthwhile read.

One of my kids has asthma, the other one occasionally snores; Take a Deep Breath is a very handy guide -- well worn already -- which calms my nerves and tells me what to be on high alert about. A worthwhile buy for any parent, regardless of your tyke's state of health.
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I absolutley LOVE this book!!!! So informative, yet easy to read & understand! I loved it so much that I have started giving the book as baby shower gifts. This book is perfect for all us mothers who hover over our children's cribs all night just to be sure they're still breathing and for those of us who obsess over every "strange" cough and wheeze. All new parents will need this book, and even us old ones can learn something new! :)
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Having a child with Asthma, I knew I wanted to jump on this book to review. Watching him go through the difficulty time of trying to catch your breath and you can't, is nearly unbearable on a mom who wants nothing more than to give him a good set of lungs. Hearing him say, help me, mom is sometimes more than I can take. But, with the help of inhalers it's controllable. Sometimes. Sometimes it's still hard. So, when I saw Dr. Shapiro's book, I thought yay!!

Sitting down and opening this book, I had it finished in one day. I read each page with awe and a better understanding of what children go through, and what, as a parent, I can do to help ease the issues. Through detailed discussions in the book, Dr. Shapiro shows parents who have children affected with breathing issues, and those who don't, what to look for, how to work through it, and the steps to help keep it under control.

I highly recommend this for every parent out there. No matter whether you have an infant or a teen with breathing issues, this is highly informative and easy to understand. I definitely give this book a 5 Book rating and will keep this on my shelf for further use. Well done, Ms. Shapiro, and THANK YOU for helping this mom understand!!!

This review originated on Reviews By Molly blog in part with a blog tour.*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
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Thank you for all of your truly useable information!! My little nephew has had breathing issues since birth and this book really helped our family understand what was going on with him. Thanks for making your books so user friendly. This book is a MUST for new families with babies that have any kind of breathing issues.
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