My Child Is Sick!: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

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Overview

An economical and effective office giveaway, this quick-reference guide will help parents decide what to do next when confronted with the most common childhood illnesses or injuries. Readers can look up symptoms by affected area of the body and receive clear, up-to-date advice about how to treat minor illnesses at home, or when to immediately call the doctor.

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Overview

An economical and effective office giveaway, this quick-reference guide will help parents decide what to do next when confronted with the most common childhood illnesses or injuries. Readers can look up symptoms by affected area of the body and receive clear, up-to-date advice about how to treat minor illnesses at home, or when to immediately call the doctor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Schmitt (Your Child's Health), a pediatric professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, bases this manual on clinical guidelines he developed that, he claims, are used by 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the U.S. and Canada. The resource helps parents determine how sick a child is, whether to call the doctor, and how to treat the child at home when a visit to the pediatrician is deemed unnecessary. Each chapter has three parts: a definition of the problem, when to call the doctor (with specific instructions regarding whether to call 911) and home care treatments. The book is divided into 14 major topics, covering 50 of the most common childhood ailments, beginning with head or brain symptoms (including crying, head injury, and headache), and then addressing all the major body areas. Concluding chapters deal with bites and stings, fever symptoms, and such miscellaneous topics as antibiotics and the transmission of common infections. Though the text is packed with information, parents can pick and choose which chapter applies to their child's particular situation. Readers seeking bedside manner or warm and fuzzy parenting advice won't find it, but those desiring concise, practical guidance will appreciate the straightforward nature of this no-nonsense resource. (July)
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"Those desiring concise, practical guidance will appreciate the straightforward nature of this no-nonsense resource." —Publishers Weekly

"An immensely helpful medical guide that won't just sit on the shelf . . . an excellent resource that will help all parents rest a little easier at night."
Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

"Thankfully, all information—including the detailed Home Care Advice—is presented in clear checklist style. Such visual organization will be a blessing to parents, especially for those unavoidable moments of panic in the middle of the night." —BookPage

"Chapters pertaining to the body part that "hurts" offer easy-to-follow advice on how to treat ailments at home and when it's time to call the doctor."
Scholastic Parent & Child

"Pediatrician Schmitt is on hand with a step-by-step guide on handling common illnesses and injuries. Schmitt includes information on symptoms, contagious conditions, when to return to school, and drug dosage based on weight." —Library Journal's Best Books of 2011 (Parenting)

Kirkus Reviews

An immensely helpful medical guide that won't just sit on the shelf.

When a child coughs repeatedly in the middle of the night, parents agonize over whether or not to take him/her to the ER. Schmitt (Pediatrics/Univ. of Colorado;Pediatric Telephone Protocols, 2010, etc.), a board-certified pediatrician for more 40 years and the creator of the first self-triage iPhone app, makes the decision easier with this far-ranging reference volume for the most common childhood illnesses and injuries. Packed with peer-reviewed information used by doctors and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 medical call centers in the United States and Canada, the book contains plain-spoken advice and bulleted, boldfaced keywords for a quickly navigable process. First, determine a child's major symptom and flip to "Definition" in the corresponding chapter; if symptoms do not fit, readers are encouraged to plumb the "See More Appropriate Topic" suggestions. Parents will be particularly drawn to the "When To Call Your Doctor" feature, which helps ascertain whether dialing 911 is necessary, or if parents can hold off calling a physician for 24 hours or longer, as well as the "Home Care Advice" section, which provides instructions on how to treat minor ailments with a standard first-aid kit. Above all, Schmitt urges common sense. The author also includes a list of "not to miss" symptoms along with myth-busting facts about fever, understandable drug dosage tables and age-appropriate ideas for pain relief, such as olive oil for ear aches if a child has no holes or tubes in the eardrum.

An excellent resource that will help all parents rest a little easier at night.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581105520
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 448,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Barton D. Schmitt: Barton D. Schmitt is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of the After-Hours Call Center at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Schmitt is the author of Pediatric Telephone Protocols: Office Version, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Your Child's Health (Bantam Books). Dr Schmitt has received several awards, including the C. Anderson Aldrich Award for contributions in child development and the Education Award for contributions in pediatric education, both from AAP.
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Table of Contents


Head or Brain Symptoms
Head Injury
Headache

Eye Symptoms
Eye - Allergy
Eye - Pus or Discharge
Eye - Red Without Pus

Ear Symptoms
Ear - Discharge
Ear - Pulling At or Itchy
Earache
Ear Infection Questions

Nose Symptoms
Colds
Colds: Are Cold Medicines Needed?
Colds: Are Antibiotics Needed?
Hay Fever (Nasal Allergy)
Nosebleed
Sinus Pain or Congestion

Throat Symptoms
Lymph Nodes – Swollen
Mouth Injury
Sore Throat
Strep Throat Exposure

Chest or Breathing Symptoms
Asthma Attack
Cough
Croup
Influenza

Abdomen Symptoms
Abdominal Pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Vomiting with Diarrhea
Vomiting without Diarrhea

Genital or Urinary Symptoms
Urination Pain
Vaginal Itching or Irritation

Arm or Leg Symptoms
Arm Injury
Arm Pain
Leg Injury
Leg Pain

Skin - Localized Symptoms
Cuts (Skin Injury)
Immunization Reactions
Puncture Wound
Rash or Redness (Localized) –Cause Unknown
Skin Foreign Body (Splinters)
Skin - Widespread Symptoms
Hives
Rash (Widespread) - Cause Unknown
Sunburn
Bites / Stings
Animal Bite
Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting
Insect Bite
Mosquito Bite
Tick Bite

Fever Symptoms
Fever
Fever: Facts versus Myths
Fever: How to Take the Temperature

Infection Exposure Chart

Drug Dosage Tables

Reviewers
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    I am giving this as a gift upon the recommendation of a friend w

    I am giving this as a gift upon the recommendation of a friend who is a pediatric nurse. She recommended it because it was a publication of the American Academy of Pedriatrics. Enough of a recommendation for me.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    A Mom¿s Choice Awards Recipient!

    This book is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    This is the best book available for parents!

    I don't have to worry about my children when I have this to reference. It is so well written and organized. I would highly recommend this for all parents.

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