Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Portable Pediatrician by William Sears, MD -- A Must Have Reference Book For Any Parent

Paperback: 592 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Original edition (February 23, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0316017485

ISBN-13: 978-0316017480

Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches

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Imagine you are up at three o'clock in the morning with a sick child. Wouldn't it be nice to have expert advice readily at hand to help get you through the night? Encyclopedic in scope, THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN features timely and practical information on every childhood illness and emergency, including when to call the doctor, what reassuring signs can help you know your child is okay, how to treat your child at home, and much more-all in a convenient A-to-Z format. Among the scores of topics covered:

teething; sprains and broken bones; nosebleeds; measles; ear infections; choking; rashes; colic; headaches; eating disorders; fever; hip pain; warts; allergies; obesity; seizures; Asperger's Syndrome; bronchitis; masturbation; sunburns; pneumonia; speech delay; lice; vomiting; asthma; heart defects; blisters; sleep problems; and more.

The Searses guide parents and caregivers from a child's infancy through the teen years, teaching them what to expect at regular checkups as well as how to boost a child's well-being, devise a family health plan, work effectively with their pediatrician, and more. Distinguished by the Searses' trademark comprehensiveness, reliability, and accessible, comforting one, this book is a must-have for all families who want to keep their children healthy and happy.

Source: GoodReads

My Review:

5 stars out of 5

Even though I have a background in health education/public health, I read and reviewed this book as a new parent, with limited knowledge of childhood ailments.  This is a great book to have on hand if you are a new parent.  It is the perfect reference tool when you are wondering if the symptoms your child is exhbiting are life-threatening or mild in nature. My favorite sections in the book are the quick "when to worry, what to do" sections.  Thankfully, I don't need to reference any medical conditions right now, but I love the peace of mind I have knowing that if the need arises, I have an excellent book to reference. 

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About the Authors:

William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. James Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors. Peter Sears, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in family practice in Nashville, TN.

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this book from the Hachette Book Group, in order to provide an honest review.  The comments above are mine and mine alone.

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