Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5

by Steven P. Shelov, American Academy of Pediatrics Staff
     
 

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Now the organization that represents the nation's finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child care brings you state-of-the-art answers to all your medical and parenting concerns. Here is sound, reassuring advice on child rearing that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child's…  See more details below

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Now the organization that represents the nation's finest pediatricians and the most advanced research and practice in the field of child care brings you state-of-the-art answers to all your medical and parenting concerns. Here is sound, reassuring advice on child rearing that covers everything from preparing for childbirth to toilet training to nurturing your child's self-esteem. Here, too, is an indispensable guide to recognizing and solving common childhood health problems, plus detailed instructions for coping with emergency medical situations. Comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child includes: basic care from infancy through age five; guidelines and milestones for physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth; a complete health encyclopedia covering injuries, illnesses, congenital diseases, and other disabilities; safety checks for home, outdoors, and car; a guide for choosing child-care programs; a discussion of family issues from sibling rivalry and adoption to stepfamilies and working mothers and much more. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child is an essential child-care resource for all parents who want to provide the very best care for their children - and the one guide pediatricians routinely recommend and parents can safely trust.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first in a projected trilogy of books that will lead parents from their offspring's babyhood through the teen years, this is a thorough guide to infancy and the first years of a child's life. It's the closest one can get to having a live-in pediatrician. Part One explores the bond between parent and child, then launches into a discussion of pregnancy, delivery and the care of newborn babies. Subsequent chapters cover the first year of life, addressing typical physical and mental developments, how parents can foster independence in children, and common health problems. Major milestones for ages two through five are also explored. Part Two is concerned with child safety, typical child care and how to handle such complex issues as adoption, sibling rivalry and divorce. Individual chapters devoted to eyes, heart, skin and more provide a handy reference tool for spotting potential problems and coping with existing ones. Whether a child is two months or two years old, the up-to-date information offered here will reassure. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Subject to extensive review by Academy members, this handbook on the early years of a child's life is comprehensive, authoritative, and interesting. In section 1, chapters divided according to developmental stages track physical, mental, emotional and verbal growth, basic care, health and safety concerns, and family issues. Section 2 covers child health hazards and treatment. In contrast to the frank, informative, reassuring, but somehow frantic and intimidating personal accounts of parents found in such books as Frances Burck's Babysense: A Practical and Supportive Guide to Baby Care, 2d ed. ( LJ 3/1/91), this survey is cool, confident, and reassuring if somewhat impersonal. An essential addition to consumer health collections.-- Kathryn Hammell Carpenter, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553379624
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
681
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.43(d)

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Foreword

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 53,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. This book is part of the Academy's ongoing education efforts to provide parents with quality information on a broad spectrum of children's health issues.

What distinguishes this child-care book from the many others in bookstores and on library shelves is that it has been developed and extensively reviewed by members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A six-member editorial board developed the initial material with the assistance of more than seventy-five contributors and reviewers. The final draft was then reviewed by countless numbers of pediatricians. Because medical information on children's health is constantly changing, every effort has been made to ensure that this book contains the most up-to-date information available.

It is the Academy's hope that this book will become an invaluable resource and reference guide for parents. We believe it is the best source of information on matters of children's health and well-being. We are confident readers will find the book extremely valuable, and we encourage them to use this book in concert with the advice and counsel of their own pediatrician who will provide individual guidance and help on issues related to the health of their children.

Joe M. Sanders, Jr., M.D.
Executive Director
American Academy of Pediatrics

Meet the Author

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Chairman of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center, and Vice President of the Infants' and Childrens' Hospital of Brooklyn. In 2002 Dr. Shelov was presented with the Lifetime Achievement in Education Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, editor-in-chief of The Wonder Years, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice and clinical instructor at Mattel Children's Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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