What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child: A More Natural Approach to Parenting

What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child: A More Natural Approach to Parenting


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What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child: A More Natural Approach to Parenting by Susan Markel

Your pediatrician wants the best for your child. But medical education is sadly lacking in many of the topics most important to your child's well-being, including nutrition, sleep habits, discipline, and building a strong mother-child connection. It's important to trust your instincts.

Did You Know...

Your child should be held close to your body, not pushed around in a stroller

Milk is not an important source of calcium and can actually be harmful to your child

It's healthy and often desirable to sleep with your baby

You cannot "spoil" an infant by responding to his every need

Letting your child cry himself to sleep can be damaging to both you and your child

Treatment of most fevers actually prolongs illness

Some vaccinations are recommended even though they may not be in your child's best interests

In an age of "modern medicine," where there's a pill for every malady and a name for every human condition, we need to make sure we don't lose the ability to take care of ourselves and our families. Some aspects of contemporary medicine have done more harm than good, and while it can be daunting to even think about doubting the advice of a medical professional or any expert, ultimately you are the one in control.

What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child provides support and guidance for every mother who wants to take charge of her child's health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935618102
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Markel, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician who has a private consultative practice special¬izing in parent coaching and child health. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Dr. Markel became a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in1981, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1997. During her years in private pediatrics practice in central Connecticut, she served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, teaching pediatric residents. For many years, she served as a medical liaison for the breastfeeding support organization La Leche League International. She is also a medical associate at Attachment Parenting International, a nonprofit parenting organization promoting "peaceful parenting for a peaceful world." Dr. Markel has been a regular contributor to BabyCenter.com and is a spokesperson for ERGObaby carriers, which features her on its Web site.

Dr. Markel divides her time between homes in Connecticut and Aix en Provence, France. She can be reached via her website, AttachmentParentingDoctor.com

Dr. Linda Palmer is a doctor of chiropractic, a consultant and speaker on pediatric nutrition and natural parenting challenges, a science writer and a mother. She left her chiropractic practice shortly after the birth of her son, when she was confronted with his serious health complications and astounded by the lack of accurate or helpful information from doctors or books. For her son’s sake, she delved deeply into the scientific and medical literature to find answers, which led to further questions and some astonishing realizations.

Table of Contents

Some Words from the Author vii

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 279

Index 281

About the Authors 291

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