Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room: A Guide to Childhood Injuries and Illnesses

Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room: A Guide to Childhood Injuries and Illnesses

by Christopher M. Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442221826
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christopher M. Johnson, MD, has been practicing pediatrics and talking to the parents of sick and injured children for thirty years. During much of his career, he was director of the Pediatric Critical Care Service at the Mayo Clinic and professor of pediatrics at Mayo Medical School, as well as director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. He is the author of Your Critically Ill Child: Life and Death Choices Parents Must Face, How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor: A Handbook for Parents, and How Your Child Heals (Rowman & Littlefield).
He writes a regular column on children’s health issues for PTA Magazine.

Table of Contents

1: To Go or Not to Go: The Parents’ Dilemma
2: What Should You Do?
3: Fever
4: Coughs, Sneezes, Sore Throats, and Ear Aches
5: Breathing Troubles
6: Digestive and Abdominal Problems
7: Bumps and Conks on the Head
8: Sprains, Dislocations, and Broken Bones
9: Cuts, Lacerations, and Other Skin Injuries
10: Rashes
11: Overdoses, Poisonings, and Bites
12: Headaches, Convulsions, and Altered Mental States
13: Allergic Reactions
14: Other Miscellaneous Conditions
15: A Parent’s Guide to How Emergency Departments Work
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room: A Guide to Childhood Injuries and Illnesses 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
"Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room" is a book that every household should have especially if you have children. The chapters were well thought out and a pleasure to read. This book kept my attention the entire time I was reading it, which I did not even think was possible with a medical book. I have two children under the age of ten, and having gone through many of the scenarios that were explained in this book, I wish I would have come across a book like this when my children were first born. Johnson does an excellent job explaining situations to the reader in ways that are easy for them to understand. Other medical books I have come across go into a lot of detail about medical terminology that the average person can not comprehend. I enjoyed that Johnson explained how and why our bodies work the way they do before going into the watchful waiting, call the doctor, go to the emergency room, or call 911 scenarios. With Johnson explaining the medical process of how our bodies work it gives the reader a better understanding of what they should do if they encounter a scenerio like ones mentioned in his book. I will be recommending this book to anyone I know that has children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the way the author organized the content and approached the subject. I will be gifting a copy of this book to all of my friends that are parents or parents-to-be! I've read a lot of books in this genre, and this one is my favorite. It is easy to read, well-balanced, thoughtfully organized and full of valuable information. The author groups scenarios into different action plans: Watchful waiting, Call the doctor, Go to the ER and Call 911. There are several relatable examples for each ailment mentioned in the book. Each chapter is devoted to something like "Fever" or "Allergic Reactions" or "Digestive and Abdominal Problems" and so on. The author teaches you how to view the child's symptoms within context and helps you to analyze the situation and what action you may need to take. The author doesn't downplay issues but does mention that MOST situations that people sit in the ER for in the middle of the night could wait until the morning when your child's primary care office opens. As a parent, the perspective that Dr. Johnson gave and his checklists and action plans really opened my eyes and will help me not to panic unnecessarily.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Keeping Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room is very helpful, informative, and easy to read. The book aims to inform parents about when to take their child to the emergency room, and what to expect when there. The author is an experienced pediatrician and has extensive knowledge on what circumstances warrant an emergency room trip. Chapters are broken into visible symptoms, instead of diagnoses. The author intended for parents to be able to identify the symptoms their child is displaying, and, for example, be able to turn to the chapter on fevers. The chapter first details what is happening to the body when it has a fever. At the end of each chapter, there is a quick checklist to determine if you should watch and wait, call the doctor, take your child to the emergency room, or call 911. Chapters cover symptoms like coughs, sneezes, earaches, breathing troubles, and many more. I think that this is a very helpful book, both for sitting down to read to gain a better understanding of common symptoms and how to treat your child’s illnesses, as well as a powerful tool during emergencies to pull out and quickly check whether or not a trip to the doctor or emergency room is needed.