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Your Child's Health: The Parents' One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development Paperback – November 29, 2005
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--when to call your child's physician immediately
-what to do in case of burns, bites, stings, poisoning, choking, and injuries
-when it's safe to treat your child at home
-step-by-step instructions on dealing with fever, infections, allergies, rashes, earaches, croup and other common ailments
-proven strategies for colic, sleep disturbances, toilet training problems, thumbsucking, and the video game craze
-no-nonsense discipline techniques for biting, temper tantrums, sibling fighting, and school refusal
Health Promotion: From Birth Through Adolescence:
-essential advice on newborn baby care, nutrition, cholesterol testing, immunizations, and sex education
-ways of preventing spoiled children, picky eaters, overeating, tooth decay, accidents, and homework problems
About the Author
Dr. Schmitt has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award in 2004. He and his wife spend as much time as possible with their children and 6 grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
Like the older edition, this book is organized in a VERY useful way. For each type of problem, there is a quick summary that leads you quickly to an understanding of what you probably should do for your child right now, tomorrow, or at your next doctor's appointment.
This book also helps to calm nervous parents. The section about fevers is a great example of this. Barton acknowledges that fevers are scary for parents. He then provides calming words, clear facts and direction about when you really need to worry.
I still find that the advice does break down when it comes to issues that I consider cultural in nature. I do not think that this author is an expert in the areas of co-sleeping, breast feeding or feeding schedules. I strongly reccomend Dr. Sears or the La Leche League for more thorough and thoughtful information on these subjects.
Despite this small weakness, I think that this is a book that every family with babies and small children MUST have.
Your Child's Health covers illnesses and emergencies, as does his other book, Pediatric Telephone Advice, but is written in easier to understand language and also covers topics such as behavior problems and healthy development. It has so many wonderful tips that I utilized it while working as a public health nurse for questions about new baby care and problems, physical symptoms, and behavior concerns. The great thing about this book is that it has information about what you can try at home, and alerts you about when to call the doctor and when to go to the emergency room. Although other child care books try to do this, usually they are "lite" versions, and you wonder what sort of person wrote them (are they worried about getting sued if they provide too much information?).
This author speaks from a TON of experience. Just read the information about "Newborns and Mountain Travel" or "Eating Problems: Other Strategies." Then check out what to do when you have a child with "Itching, Unknown Cause (Localized)" or "Foreign Body in the Nose." Where else are you going to find information about sea urchin stings, how to remove a tick, homework problems, and sleep problems? Almost everyone will utilize the information about vomiting and diarrhea. There are simple, objective ways of determining whether you should keep your child at home, call the doctor immediately, or call within 24 hours.Read more ›
I've had this book for about a month and a half now and thankfully haven't had to use it too much. I have skimmed through it and used it to look up a few minor things for my newborn and have been pleased with the information. It's fairly easy to use and the language is understandable for parents without dumbing the information down too much. I just have this book and the Mayo Clinic baby book and they seem to complement each other well so far. I would recommend this book to new parents (and probably any parent of children).
I found that this book is very helpful in the middle of the night when your child has "X" symptom and you don't know if you should call the pediatrician, go to the ER or wait it out. It explains different symptoms concerning a single problem (for example Vomiting) and gives you a list of things that are "normal" and you can watch child overnight and things that are serious and you should call or see a Dr. immediately.
This is such a great resource to have on hand - I have it on my iPhone and have used it many times in the middle of the night when deciding a course of treatment (water, Tylenol, ibuprofen, pedialite, crackers, bath, sleep, etc.) and whether my child's symptoms are "normal" for the condition he has (i.e., a cold, stomach flu, misc. virus, etc.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give this book as a shower gift! This is the instruction manual you did not get. As a pediatric registered nurse , we gave this book to every new parent in the practice. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jean Karpf
Our pediatrician recommended we get this book when my daughter was a newborn. It's now 5 years and 2 kids later, and we are still loving it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Temah
Really helpful go to when you don't have time to weed through everything on the internet for a solution. Easy to use.Published 5 months ago by T. L.
Looks like a great resource for new (or experienced) parents.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great resource with a new baby. It was recommended by our Ped.Published 7 months ago by Karah Cowan
Sent to my grand daughter and I think she is reading some of it now. It seems to be a good bookPublished 7 months ago by David T Harris
This is a good book to have on hand. It is very easy to navigate through by looking up symptoms. It is not 100% complete though and could probably be more informational for a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.C.