Your Child's Health: The Parents' One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development
--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
They updated my favorite health guide for children!!
By Joan C. Frank - February 9, 2006
When I had my first baby in 1997, I bought A LOT of child care/medical reference books. My purchases included Dr. Spock, Dr. Sears, Penelope Leach, and Dr. Brazelton. My only keeper has been "Your Child's Health," but the version I first owned was a bit out of date. (For example, ibuprofen was still a prescription drug.) Now I am delighted that my favorite book when my kids are sick was updated in 2005. When I saw this edition, I immediately replaced my own copy and bought one for my sister who is a new mom.
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... read more
Like having a pediatrician in your pocket
By J. Kruse "greensage" - August 30, 2006
I've looked at a lot of child care books as both an RN and a mother of three, and this is hands down my favorite.
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... read more
Great book for parents
By T.M. - November 9, 2007
We take the calls for 20 pediatricians' offices overnight. The protocols we use to decide when a child needs to go to the ER, make an appt during office hours, or be treated by parents at home were written by this author. We often use this book to give parents additional advice for treating at home, because this book is written in a way that is very easy for parents to understand. It covers everything for illness and injury from the basics (is green poop ok?) to the unusual (what to do for a jellyfish sting). At 2 a.m. with a child who has a fever of 104, you will be glad you have this book!