Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice to Navigate Your Baby's First Year


Babies need some serious handholding, but parents do, too — especially first-timers. Baby 411 addresses the need for guidance on pediatric medical issues with reliable and reassuring information. Ari Brown draws on her work as a full-time pediatrician and mother, and Denise Fields brings her practical experience as the mother of two boys to this thorough guide to baby’s crucial first year. The authors cover a wealth of topics, including what to ask at a prenatal visit, accurate vaccine information and antibiotic ...
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Babies need some serious handholding, but parents do, too — especially first-timers. Baby 411 addresses the need for guidance on pediatric medical issues with reliable and reassuring information. Ari Brown draws on her work as a full-time pediatrician and mother, and Denise Fields brings her practical experience as the mother of two boys to this thorough guide to baby’s crucial first year. The authors cover a wealth of topics, including what to ask at a prenatal visit, accurate vaccine information and antibiotic resistance, the latest American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, circumcision, secrets of sleep, autism, and more. It helps modern parents make educated decisions on breastfeeding, supplemental newborn screening, and new vaccines. The book empowers parents with the medical information they need to become not only good parents but good partners in their child's health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889392158
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Section 1 3-2-1 Baby! Preparing for the New One
Chapter 1 Decisions
Picking A Parenting Style 4
Selecting A Medical Provider For Your Baby 5
Behind The Scenes: Why Is My Doctor So Late? 8
Circumcision Pros And Cons 13
Optional Newborn Metabolic Screening 16
Cord Blood Banking 17
Table: Cord Blood Bank Options Compared 19
Childcare 20
Six Commandments For Balancing Work & Baby 21
Juggling Family & Career: 15 Tips 22
The 5 Options For Childcare 24
Adoption 29
Making A Birth Plan 30
Chapter 2 You & Your Baby's Doc: Insider Tips & Advice
The Schedule Of Well Baby Checkups 33
10 Screening Tests 34
How And Why To Schedule A Sick Visit Appointment 35
Who Is The AAP? 35
The Difference Between A Sick Visit And A Consultation 35
Insider Tip: The Best Time To Schedule An Appt. 37
What To Do: Evening And On Weekends 38
Chapter 3 Labor Day
Your Baby's First Physical Examination 42
Screening Tests, Vitamin K, And Eye Ointment 46
Group B Strep 48
Getting To Know You: Your Baby's 1st Days 49
Does My Baby Need To Study For His APGARs? 49
What's THAT In My Baby's Diaper? 49
Why Is My Baby Turning Yellow? 50
Why Is My Baby Shrinking? 50
When Do I Have To Use A Car seat? 52
When Can I Take My Baby Outside? 53
Special Section: The Two-Week Survival Guide 53
The Baby Blues 56
The Handy Feeding And Elimination Table 57
Section 2 Care & Feeding
Chapter 4 Hygiene: The Spa Treatment
The First Manicure 61
When Can I Use Diaper Wipes? 62
How Often Do I Clean The Belly Button? 62
Diaper Rash: 5 Tips & Tricks 63
Bathing Baby 64
Cradle Cap 65
Eczema: Advice And Tips 65
Sun block And Insect Repellents 66
The Boy Parts 68
The Girl Parts 69
Mouth care: Thrush, Dental Care, and Drool 69
Chapter 5 Nutrition & Growth
What Growth Charts Mean 73
How Infants Grow (Height, Head Size, Weight) 74
Calorie & Nutrition For The First Year 75
The Big Picture: Nutrition For The First Year 77
Feeding Schedules, Or Lack Thereof 78
Special Concerns: Dropping Down The Growth Chart 79
Does My Baby Need A Vitamin Supplement? 80
Overeating, Obesity, And The Body Mass Index 82
New Parent 411: How To Avoid Obesity 83
Feedback From The Real World: Avoiding The 4C's 84
Calcium, Fiber, And Iron 86
Happy Birthday! You're One! 87
Chapter 6 Liquids
Breast Milk 89
The Advantages Of Breast Milk 90
Why Women Stop 90
Getting Started 92
Day-By-Day Guide 93
New Parent 411: Anxiety At Checkout 95
Top 10 Tips To Survive The First Two Weeks 96
Troubleshooting: The Top 8 Biggest Challenges 97
Engorgement 98
Sore Nipples: 7 Tips For Relief 99
Expressing Milk & Breast Pumps 100
Mom Concerns: Work, Diet, Medications 102
Special Situations: Adoptions, Twins, Preemies 106
Weaning: The Guide 108
The Big Picture: Breastfeeding For The First Year 109
Formula 111
Coke Vs. Diet Coke: The Types Of Formula 112
Soy Formula 114
The Gourmet Formulas 116
Bottles: Which Are Best? 119
The Big Picture: Formula Feeding For The First Year 119
Other Liquids: Water, Juice, Milk 120
Chapter 7 Solids
The Five Types Of Solid Foods 123
How To Tell When Your Baby Is Ready? 124
What Is Rice Cereal And Other Stage One Foods? 125
How Do I Know If Baby Has A Food Allergy? 127
Hidden Sources For Dangerous Foods 129
The Big Picture For Liquid And Solid Nutrition 134
Chapter 8 The Other End
Let's Define Terms 137
What Is Normal Newborn Poop? 138
The Top 5 Worrisome Poops 139
5 Trade Secrets For Constipation Relief 140
Older Babies: Solid Foods=Solid Poop 141
Fun Fiber Foods 142
Spit Up, Regurgitation, And Vomit 144
What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)? 144
Tricks Of The Trade: Treating GER 146
Top 5 Worries About Vomit 147
Urine And Bladder Infections 148
Burping, Hiccups, And Gas 150
Section 3 Sleep, Development & Discipline
Chapter 9 Sleep
The Science Of Sleep 156
How Long Should Newborns Sleep? 157
Sleep Safety Tips: SIDS And Other Dangers 159
Deciding On Your Family's Sleep Routine 164
Family Bed: Pros & Cons 164
Solitary Sleep: Pros & Cons 165
Setting Up Good Habits 166
Top 10 Commandments For Establishing A Sleep Routine 166
Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make With Infant Sleep 169
Undoing Bad Habits 170
The Sleep Gurus: 6 Approaches Explained 172
The Ferber Technique, Demystified 178
Naps 179
Special Situations--Multiples And Preemies 181
Chapter 10 Development
What Does Development Mean? 184
How Do I Know My Baby Is Developing Normally? 185
What Is The Denver Developmental Checklist? 185
Failing Milestones: What To Do 186
What Is Autism And When Do I Worry? 186
Developmental Delays 187
How Your Baby Learns 188
Your Baby's Social And Emotional Growth 189
Development By Age 190
Birth To Two Months 190
Two To Four Months 192
Four To Six Months 193
Six To Nine Months 195
Nine To 12 Months 197
Watching TV: When And How Much Is Appropriate? 200
New Parent 411: Top 14 New Parent Safety Tips 201
Good Toys And Books 203
Chapter 11 Discipline & Temperament
Getting To Know Your Baby's Temperament 206
High Versus Low-Maintenance Babies 207
The 3 Rules Of Cry Management 208
10 Tips For Soothing The Savage Beast: Newborns 209
Pacifiers: The Party Line 210
What Is Colic And What Can I Do About It? 210
Infant Massage 212
Planting The Seeds Of Discipline 213
11 Tips For Developing A Discipline Style 215
Temper Tantrums: Hurricanes At Home 216
8 Tried & True Discipline Techniques 216
Special Situations: Separation Anxiety, Thumb Sucking 218
Section 4 Sickness & How To Avoid It!
Chapter 12 Vaccinations
Vaccines: A Bit Of History 224
The Top 15 Vaccine Questions 226
The 5 Biggest Misconceptions 226
7 Truths About Vaccines 227
The Government Conspiracy Theory 233
The Vaccination Schedule 234
Vaccines And The Diseases They Stop 235
Optional Vaccines 241
Special Section: Smallpox 243
Vaccine Controversies: MMR/Autism, Thimerisol & More 245
Where To Get More Information 250
Chapter 13 Common Infections
What Are Viruses? 252
The Common Cold 256
Humidifiers & Vaporizers 258
What Are Bacteria? 259
Telling A Bacterial Infection From A Virus 260
Antibiotic Resistance 261
When Your Child Can Return To Childcare Or Playgroup 263
Special Feature: Ear Infections 264
7 Risk Factors For Ear Infections 265
Chapter 14 Common Diseases
Eyes: Lazy Eye 275
Lungs: Asthma, Bronchiolitis 276
Heart: Murmurs 278
Blood: Anemia, Sickle Cell Disease, Iron Deficiency, Lead Exposure 279
Skin: Eczema 282
Muscles/Bones: Intoeing, Bow-Legged, Flat Feet 284
Endocrine: Diabetes 285
Allergies: Seasonal, Environmental 286
What's That Smell? Unusual Odors 287
Section 5 First Aid--Top 12 Problems & Solutions
Chapter 15 First Aid
9 Hints: Making The Most Of A Call To Your Doc 291
Your First Aid Kit 293
How To Take Your Baby's Vital Signs 293
Making A Diagnosis Over The Phone? 294
The Top Problems & Solutions 295
Abdominal Pain 295
Allergic Reaction 296
Bleeding And Bruising 298
How To Avoid Food-Poisoning 302
Burns 303
Breathing Problems (Respiratory Distress) 303
Everything You Wanted To Know About Croup 305
Choking Emergencies: 4 Tips 306
Cough & Congestion 307
Diarrhea 309
How To Tell If Your Baby Is Dehydrated 311
Vomiting 313
Eye Problems: Pink Eye, Blocked Tear Ducts 315
Fever: A Special Section 317
How To Take Your Baby's Temperature 321
10 Commandments To Treating A Fever 323
Poisoning 326
The Most Dangerous Household Products 327
Rashes 328
Seizures 333
Does It Need Stitches? 333
Trauma: Injuries To The Head, Neck, Back, Eyes 336
Section 6 The Reference Library
Appendix A Medications 343
Appendix B Alternative Medicines 369
Appendix C Lab Work & Tests 377
Appendix D Infections--The Details 387
Appendix E Glossary 399
Appendix F References 421
Appendix G Footnotes 429
Index 436
How To Reach The Authors 461
Our Other Books 462
About The Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    411 To the Rescue

    Baby 411 has helped me immensely, already. I had my first child four weeks ago, and Dr. Brown's book has given me confidence in my intuition/parenting skills. The book helped me describe my son's condition to his pediatrician and successfully diagnose him. Also, I love how her book indicates Red Flags that should be seen by a doctor immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Great for dads too!

    As a clueless first time father, I need a lot of information. Dr. Briown's book is so well written and follows our pediatrician's advice so closely, I really am comfortable with using it instead of calling our baby's own doctor with every little thing. This is a practical guide with a wealth of stuff in it. I recommend it highly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    First Time Mom who knows Nothing about Kids!!!

    I found this book to be well written and a great read. I have never been around children before but I learned so much information that is put so simple to understand. Coming from a pediatrician, I know that I can trust the information in the book. I keep the book as a great reference guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Finally, the complete book for your baby's first year

    I was asked by the author, prior to publication, to review this new book with the great title, BABY 411. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The format was well done and followed a logical presentation.The content, from both a medical and practical standpoint, was very accurate and informative. It has all the information necessary for parents prior to their baby's birth and throughout the first year of life. Moreover, the information is presented in a thoughtfull, humorous, and entertaining manner. I will gladly recommend it to my patients. I look forward to TODDLER 411.

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