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Too often, parents ignore their instincts and better sense to follow their doctor’s advice, such as overtreating vulnerable children, letting babies cry themselves to sleep and giving their children cow’s milk for strong bones, even ...
Too often, parents ignore their instincts and better sense to follow their doctor’s advice, such as overtreating vulnerable children, letting babies cry themselves to sleep and giving their children cow’s milk for strong bones, even though strong evidence shows none of these practices is the best route.
Revealing the medical industry’s gaps in knowledge is Dr. Susan Markel, frequent contributor to BabyCenter.com, the world’s most popular parenting site, and Le Leche League International medical liaison, and Linda F. Palmer, D.C., author of Baby Matters, in What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child. This new work combines the latest research with solid advice from a pediatrician who dares to defy her rote education and big-industry-supported dogma and seek out parent- and child-centered choices in all aspects of child care. As a mother and a pediatrician with 27 years’ experience, Dr. Markel has come to find that less intervention in the natural processes generally brings superior outcomes.
While providing helpful how-to natural parenting ideas throughout, What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child gives parents insight into many instances where standard pediatric dogma is in conflict with the best research. Parents will find comprehensive solutions to specific health concerns and issues affecting children, such as:
Nutrition, including breastfeeding
Common illnesses and drug usage
Allergies and asthma
Attention deficit disorder
In a reader-friendly, succinct format, not bogged down by scientific digressions, this book will assist parents in making the best possible choices for the mental and physical health of their children.
Some Words from the Author vii
Section 1 Discovery
1 From Birth Onward 9
2 Breast-feeding 33
3 Keeping Baby Close: Carrying 51
4 Keeping Baby Close: Shared Sleep 67
5 Nutrition 77
Section 2 Emotions
6 The Good-Enough Mother: Transition 109
7 Communication: Learning to Talk, Learning to Listen 117
8 Discipline ("Treat Me Like I'm Someone You Love") 129
9 Attention 139
Section 3 Maintaining Health
10 The Sunshine Vitamin 155
11 Milk: Not for Human Consumption 163
12 Allergies and Asthma 173
13 Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) 189
14 Ear Infections 203
15 Fever 217
16 Natural Healing vs. Medications 229
17 Vaccinations: Every Vaccine Has a Story 241
Epilogue: Peace of Mind in the Pursuit of Happiness 267
About the Authors 291
Posted March 26, 2011
I couldn't wait to read this book and I was not disappointed. There is a wealth of new information that I haven't seen published in any book before. Even though the title is mind-grabbing, it really is true that there are some things that "your pediatrician doesn't know" and there are times when typical medical attitudes might not be the best thing for your child.
For example, the author essentially goes against several positions of the American Academy of Pediatrics, such as the prohibition against a mother ever sleeping with her infant, or the reliance on cow's milk and dairy as a source of calcium for babies and children. She is not judgmental or overreaching, but the facts and the research speak for themselves and make you wonder whether we've been led down the wrong path by perhaps well-meaning but uninformed medical professionals.
There is nothing controversial about her advice regarding children's behavior, such as to teach respect by being respectful, and that it's frightening for a child to be yelled at -- but it's good to read it and put into perspective that mindful parenting is a choice which is available and not that hard. We all have the potential to be great parents and the author gently steers us in that direction.
Posted December 26, 2010
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Posted January 31, 2012
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