The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years is a comprehensive and contemporary guide, written by pediatric experts at the world renowned Hospital for Sick Children, that is a must have health and wellness guide for parents and caregivers.
I seriously love this book and find myself making quick references to it on almost a daily basis. “But don’t you have three kids and haven’t you seen a myriad of childhood illnesses or injuries in your near decade of parenting?” Why yes, I have. Thank you for pointing that out! Did I fail to mention that baby #3, who turned one today (*sob*) turned me into a paranoid freak? In all fairness, I think the freakishness started as a touch of postpartum anxiety (it’s a real diagnosis…did you know? I didn’t until after baby #3) and spiraled from there. I quickly turned into the parent who assumes her child has RSV the second she coughs or thinks her child needs to go to the ER because she has a fever. Luckily most of that anxiety has dissipated, but I do find myself with the lingering predicament of a mother whose last baby-rearing experience was half a decade ago. I can’t remember what I’m allowed to do or give my baby for a cold! When my oldest was a baby, cold medicines were still allowed.
Cue handy dandy A-Z…reference guide for all things pediatric (ages birth through 10 years) injury and illness. This book is so amazing! Not only is it a well-organized xxx page… reference guide, but for each illness, ailment or injury there are bullet-ed lists of symptoms, treatment do’s and don’ts, and photographs (when appropriate, for things like rashes or minor injury).
This guide has come in VERY handy, especially now that we have entered cold and flu season. Recently we had a bout with croup/bronchiolitis (my five year old), a common cold (my oldest), and RSV (youngest). This guide helped me to discern the different types of coughs I was hearing as well as signs and symptoms that were problematic, ultimately convincing us to take our five year old to the ER for a breathing treatment.
Sometimes parenting is all about learning to see the forest for the trees, and it’s helpful to have this book as a basic guide to all things kid health. I highly recommend it. Especially for all first-time moms…or third-time moms who can’t remember what they are doing anymore!