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Your Newborn: Head to Toe: Everything You Want to Know About Your Baby's Health through The First Year Paperback – February 11, 2004
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L.A.-based pediatrician Natterson wisely taps into parents' need for practical medical information during the first year of their child's life, providing a comprehensive, straightforward guide. The first section deals with the hospital experience, including everything parents should know about delivery, Apgar scores (which determine a newborn's health) and problems that may arise. Natterson goes on to address caring for a baby literally from head to toe, discussing each aspect of an infant's anatomy. For each topic, she includes a section on what parents can do, when a doctor needs to be involved, tests that are required, what the results mean, treatments and possible complications. Finally, Natterson covers tests and vaccines, giving basic information on when and why they're necessary. Natterson's style is parent-friendly yet professional, and she's terrific at tackling universal parenting questions that may be especially compelling during the first days and weeks of a child's life. Both veteran and parenting newcomers will find this a worthy resource, with solid advice and information (including up-to-date Web sites).
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About the Author
Cara Familian Natterson, M.D., practices medicine at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she completed her pediatric residency at the University of California at San Francisco.
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Infant feeding is just one aspect of the book, but because it's such a very important one, the author loses credibility.
Better baby "manuals" that are based on the scientific literature and on a baby's developmental needs (and that are also written by pediatricians, incidentally) are "The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)" and "Listening to Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn."
In the section on circumcision, she is also out of date. She suggests that circumcisions are not painful to infants less than 1 month and do not require anesthesia. This has been proven false in several studies. She also understates the risk factors and complications of circumcisions, while overstating the complications of leaving the child intact.
If you are looking for a book to repeat all the same information you have been hearing about babies for the last 20 years, this is your book. If you are looking for an accurate, upto date book on children, look elsewhere.
Still, I would recommend the book for those who have neither the time nor the patience to sift through more thorough sources, as Dr. Natterson does give enough information to make quick decisions about paths of action or when to call a physician. Parents who like to feel as informed as possible may wish to turn to another source.
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