Caring for Kids: The Complete Guide to Children's Health

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Overview

A crucial reference and guide for parents, written by a team of renowned experts.

Caring for Kids is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference to health and wellness in children from birth to age ten. Written by a team of world famous physicians from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, this in-depth book cites medically sound advice backed up with cutting-edge research. The authors provide information on conditions that affect children by answering three basic questions:

  • What is the condition?
  • What can parents expect to happen?
  • How should the problem be treated?

Topics discussed include:

  • Common symptoms
  • Childhood infections
  • Growth and nutrition
  • Allergic disorders
  • Sleep and behavior problems
  • Genetic and metabolic diseases
  • Blood diseases and immune disorders
  • Neurological and muscle problems
  • Eye problems, ear, nose, and throat problems
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Accidents and emergencies.

Caring for Kids is written in a thoughtful, compassionate, and straightforward style, and will become the indispensable reference for every parent and caregiver.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554071609
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/4/2006
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Saunders, MD, FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, Canada, has been on staff at The Hospital for Sick Children since 1976 and has cared for a generation of children in his community pediatric practice. He is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and has published widely on pediatrics.

Jeremy Friedman, MB.ChB, FRCPC, is the Chief of Pediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of pediatric journals and is the recipient of clinacal, teaching, and humanitarian awards for his work in pediatrics.

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Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. COMMON SYMPTOMS
    • Abdominal pain
    • Backache
    • Chest pain
    • Colic
    • Constipation
    • Cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Encopresis (fecal soiling)
    • Enuresis (bed wetting)
    • Fainting (Syncope)
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Limping
    • Swollen or painful scrotum
    • Teething
    • Urine and stool abnormalities
    • Vomiting

  3. THE NEWBORN
    • The shape of your baby's head
    • Common breast-feeding problems
    • Hiccups
    • Weight loss and dehydration in newborns
    • Jaundice in the newborn
    • Blocked tear ducts
    • Newborn screening
    • Newborn skin conditions
    • Thrush
    • Umbilical cord problems
    • Sudden Infant Death syndrome

  4. CHILDHOOD INFECTIONS
    • Botulism
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Cellulitis
    • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
    • Cytomegalovirus (CNV) infections
    • Coxsackie virus infections
    • Croup
    • Cat scratch disease
    • The common cold
    • Diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus infuenze type B infections
    • Encephalitis
    • Fifth Disease (Erythema infectiosum or Slapped Cheek disease)
    • Necrotizing fasciitis, or "Flesh-eating disease"
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Giardiasis
    • Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
    • Hepatitis
    • Herpes simplex infections
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Infectious mononucleosis
    • Influenza
    • Lyme disease
    • Malaria
    • Measles, mumps and rubella
    • Meningitis
    • Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis
    • Otitis media (middle earinfection)
    • Pinworms
    • Pneumonia
    • Rabies
    • Roseola
    • Salmonella infections
    • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    • Scarlet fever
    • Shingles (Herpes zoster)
    • Sinusitis
    • Tonsillitis and strep throat
    • Toxoplasmosis
    • Tuberculosis
    • Typhoid fever
    • Urinary tract infections
    • West Nile Virus

  5. GROWTH AND NUTRITION
    • Failure to thrive
    • Abnormal head growth: Microcephaly and hacrocephaly
    • Obesity
    • Poor eating habits
    • Short stature

  6. ALLERGIC DISORDERS
    • Asthma and wheezing
    • Chronic urticaria (Hives)
    • Drug reactions
    • Adverse food reactions
    • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)

  7. DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOL PROBLEMS
    • Developmental delay
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism spectrum disorders: Autism, pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger's Syndrome
    • Intellectual disability, developmental disability and mental retardation
    • Learning disabilities
    • School phobia and school avoidance
    • Speech and language delay

  8. SLEEP PROBLEMs
    • Difficulty settling down to sleep
    • Co-sleeping
    • Night awakening
    • Nightmares
    • Night terrors
    • Sleepwalking

  9. BEHAVIOR
    • Temperament and its problems
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Bereavement: Dealing with loss
    • Breath-holding spells
    • Bullying
    • Child abuse
    • Depression
    • Common habits: Thumb sucking and nail biting
    • Oppositional and defiant behavior
    • Phobias
    • Separation anxiety
    • Sibling rivalry
    • Stuttering
    • Temper tantrums
    • Tics and Tourette's Syndrome

  10. ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS
    • Growing pains
    • Club foot
    • Why aren't my child's legs straight?
    • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (Congenital dislocation of the hip)
    • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
    • Perthes Disease (Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease)
    • Scoliosis
    • Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

  11. RHEUMATOLOGICAL DISEASES
    • Autoimmune disease
    • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (NSF)
    • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)
    • Kawasaki Disease
    • Post-infectious arthritis
    • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (Complex regional pain syndrome)
    • Systemic Lupus erythematosus

  12. GENETIC AND METABOLIC DISEASES
    • An overview
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Down's Syndrome
    • Fragile X Syndrome
    • Klinefelter Syndrome
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Turner Syndrome

  13. URINARY TRACT AND GENITAL PROBLEMS
    • Blood in the urine: Hematuria
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
    • Hydronephrosis
    • Nephrotic Syndrome
    • Posterior urethral valves
    • Vesicoureteral reflux (urinary reflux)
    • Balanitis and balanoposthitis (infected glans/penis)
    • Hypospadias
    • Phimosis
    • Undescended testicle
    • Varicocele
    • Labial adhesions
    • Prepubertal vulvitis

  14. BLOOD DISEASES AND IMMUNE DISORDERS
    • Anemia: an overview
    • G6PD deficiency
    • Hemophilia
    • Histiocytosis
    • Hypogammaglobulinemia
    • Immunodeficiencies
    • Iron deficiency anemia
    • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
    • Neutropenia
    • Sickle-cell disease
    • Thalassemia
    • von Willebrand Disease

  15. MALIGNANCY
    • Brain tumors
    • Leukemia
    • Lyphomas
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Retenoblastoma
    • Wilms' Tumor

  16. NEUROLOGICAL AND MUSCLE PROBLEM
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Epilepsy and seizures
    • Febrile convulsions
    • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
    • Hypotonia (Low-tone, floppy bab)
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Neural tube defects, including spina bifida
    • Stroke
    • Torticollis (Wry neck)

  17. EYE PROBLEMS
    • Cataracts
    • Color blindness
    • Eye infections
    • Orbital and Periorbital cellulitis
    • Glaucoma
    • Refractive error (Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism)
    • Strabismus (crossed eyes, squint)

  18. EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT PROBLEMS
    • Cleft lip and palate
    • Enlarge tonsils and adenoids
    • Hearing loss and deafness
    • Nosebleeds
    • Protruding ears
    • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
    • Swimmer's ear (Otitis externa)

  19. HEART AND CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS
    • All about heart murmurs
    • Arrhythmias
    • Congenital heart defects
    • Abnormalities of the heart valves
    • Cyanotic congenital heart defects
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Infective endocarditis (IE)
    • Rheumatic fever

  20. ENDOCRINE DISEASE
    • Addison's Disease
    • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Growth hormone deficiency
    • Hyperthryoidism
    • Hypothryoidism
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Problems with puberty

  21. GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
    • Anal fissure
    • Appendicitis
    • Biliary atresia
    • Celiac disease
    • Gastroesophageal reflux (spitting up)
    • Hernias
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Intussusception
    • Lactose intolerance
    • Pancreatitis
    • Pyloric stenosis

  22. SKIN CONDITIONS
    • Acne
    • Alopecia (hair loss)
    • Bacterial skin infections
    • Canker sore (Aphthous ulcer)
    • Cold sores (Herpes simplex infection)
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Diaper rash (Diaper dermatitis)
    • Eczema (Atopic dermatitis)
    • Fungal skin infections
    • Head lice (Pediculosis)
    • Ingrown toenail
    • Moles (Nevi)
    • Pityriasis rosea
    • Psoriasis
    • Scabies
    • Sunburn
    • Vascular anomalies
    • Warts and mollusca

  23. ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES
    • Preventing accidents
    • Animal bites
    • Ankle injuries
    • Bee and wasp stings
    • Choking and aspiration
    • Cold-induced injuries: Hypothermia and frostbite
    • Cuts and lacerations
    • Dental trauma
    • Drowning
    • Foreign bodies in the eye
    • Fractures
    • Head injuries and concussions
    • Ingestions
    • Insect bites
    • Knee injuries
    • Nasal injuries
    • Pulled elbow
    • Scalds and burns
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Slivers



    Glossary

    Acknowledgments

    Photo Credits

    Index

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Preface

Introduction

Every parent wants to succeed at parenting. In fact, of the many things that people strive to do well, caring for their children pretty well tops the list. This book has been written with the belief that parents will always do the right thing for their children -- if only they know what that right thing is! In the pages that follow, you will find the information you need to better understand and deal with the health problems that your children can face.

Bookstore shelves are crammed with hundreds of volumes that offer parenting advice. What's so special about this book? Lots. First, Caring for Kids: The Complete Guide to Children's Health has been written in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children. The hospital is more than an excellent health sciences center; it's an institution that's also world renowned. "Sick Kids," as the hospital is frequently and affectionately called, is one of the world's best known health care facilities. It is regarded as a place where children will receive the highest level of care -- regardless of background or means -- simply because this is what our children deserve. Sick Kids serves not only today's generation of youngsters; its research and teaching programs are dedicated to serving future generations as well. Each year, the faculty at Sick Kids continues to train tomorrow's caregivers while producing literally hundreds of research papers in order to better understand and deal with the problems children may face.

We have recruited an extraordinary group of contributors to help write Caring for Kids. These authors are all experienced pediatricians on the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children. They also serve as members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Several of them conduct busy pediatric practices and, therefore, appreciate both the theoretical and practical aspects of children's problems. The pediatricians whom we have selected to write this guide are all respected for their knowledge of both the art and the science of caring for children and their health. Collectively, these contributing authors have distinguished themselves by winning numerous teaching, citizenship and clinical awards. We think you will notice that they understand kids, relate to parents and know about the problems of childhood.

Another very important aspect of this guide is its content. Wherever possible, the information and advice that we have provided is based on the best available scientific evidence. This approach is sometimes called evidence-based pediatrics and, where possible, we have followed this philosophy. Most of the illnesses that kids must deal with are minor and self-limiting. Other problems can be much more serious and complex and capable of permanently altering family life. Yet, regardless of the nature or scale of any given challenge, the management of these should always remain thoughtful, compassionate and informed.

The first chapter of this book deals with some of the more important symptoms that parents must deal with. It will inform you what needs to be considered and how best to approach that particular problem. The rest of the chapters are divided by the appropriate body system or age group and describe the nature of many specific conditions that affect children. They seek to answer the following questions: What is the condition? What can parents normally expect to happen? How should the problem be treated? The final chapter provides a reference guide to help cope with some of the common accidents and emergencies that can occur in childhood.

We hope that you will find this book useful. Few things are more gratifying than meeting a child's needs. If this guide helps you, even slightly, to better serve the family you love,
then our efforts will have been worthwhile.

- Jeremy Friedman, MB.CHB, ERCP(C) and Norman R. Saunders MD, FRCP(C)

Contributors

Without the invaluable work of these men and women, this book would not have been possible. All contributors come from the Division of Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Tara Brown
Dr. Stacey Bernstein
Dr. Mark Feldman
Dr. Beth Gamulka
Dr. Marvin Gans
Dr. Saul Greenberg
Dr. Moishe Ipp
Dr. Sheila Jacobson
Dr. Sanjay Mahant
Dr. Patricia Parkin
Dr. Michael Peer
Dr. Elena Pope
Dr. Adam Rappoport
Dr. Michelle Shouldice
Dr. Michael Weinstein

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Introduction

Introduction

Every parent wants to succeed at parenting. In fact, of the many things that people strive to do well, caring for their children pretty well tops the list. This book has been written with the belief that parents will always do the right thing for their children -- if only they know what that right thing is! In the pages that follow, you will find the information you need to better understand and deal with the health problems that your children can face.

Bookstore shelves are crammed with hundreds of volumes that offer parenting advice. What's so special about this book? Lots. First, Caring for Kids: The Complete Guide to Children's Health has been written in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children. The hospital is more than an excellent health sciences center; it's an institution that's also world renowned. "Sick Kids," as the hospital is frequently and affectionately called, is one of the world's best known health care facilities. It is regarded as a place where children will receive the highest level of care -- regardless of background or means -- simply because this is what our children deserve. Sick Kids serves not only today's generation of youngsters; its research and teaching programs are dedicated to serving future generations as well. Each year, the faculty at Sick Kids continues to train tomorrow's caregivers while producing literally hundreds of research papers in order to better understand and deal with the problems children may face.

We have recruited an extraordinary group of contributors to help write Caring for Kids. These authors are all experienced pediatricians on the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children.They also serve as members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Several of them conduct busy pediatric practices and, therefore, appreciate both the theoretical and practical aspects of children's problems. The pediatricians whom we have selected to write this guide are all respected for their knowledge of both the art and the science of caring for children and their health. Collectively, these contributing authors have distinguished themselves by winning numerous teaching, citizenship and clinical awards. We think you will notice that they understand kids, relate to parents and know about the problems of childhood.

Another very important aspect of this guide is its content. Wherever possible, the information and advice that we have provided is based on the best available scientific evidence. This approach is sometimes called evidence-based pediatrics and, where possible, we have followed this philosophy. Most of the illnesses that kids must deal with are minor and self-limiting. Other problems can be much more serious and complex and capable of permanently altering family life. Yet, regardless of the nature or scale of any given challenge, the management of these should always remain thoughtful, compassionate and informed.

The first chapter of this book deals with some of the more important symptoms that parents must deal with. It will inform you what needs to be considered and how best to approach that particular problem. The rest of the chapters are divided by the appropriate body system or age group and describe the nature of many specific conditions that affect children. They seek to answer the following questions: What is the condition? What can parents normally expect to happen? How should the problem be treated? The final chapter provides a reference guide to help cope with some of the common accidents and emergencies that can occur in childhood.

We hope that you will find this book useful. Few things are more gratifying than meeting a child's needs. If this guide helps you, even slightly, to better serve the family you love, then our efforts will have been worthwhile.

- Jeremy Friedman, MB.CHB, ERCP(C) and Norman R. Saunders MD, FRCP(C)

Contributors

Without the invaluable work of these men and women, this book would not have been possible. All contributors come from the Division of Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, and the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Tara Brown
Dr. Stacey Bernstein
Dr. Mark Feldman
Dr. Beth Gamulka
Dr. Marvin Gans
Dr. Saul Greenberg
Dr. Moishe Ipp
Dr. Sheila Jacobson
Dr. Sanjay Mahant
Dr. Patricia Parkin
Dr. Michael Peer
Dr. Elena Pope
Dr. Adam Rappoport
Dr. Michelle Shouldice
Dr. Michael Weinstein

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