Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: The Portable Pediatrician

The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health
The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health
By William Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN, Robert Sears, MD, James Sears, MD and Peter Sears, MD
Little Brown and Company, 2011
English, 592 pgs

Imagine you are up at three o'clock in the morning with a sick child. Wouldn't it be nice to have expert advice readily at hand to help get you through the night? Encyclopedic in scope, THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN features timely and practical information on every childhood illness and emergency, including when to call the doctor, what reassuring signs can help you know your child is okay, how to treat your child at home, and much more-all in a convenient A-to-Z format. Among the scores of topics covered: teething; sprains and broken bones; nosebleeds; measles; ear infections; choking; rashes; colic; headaches; eating disorders; fever; hip pain; warts; allergies; obesity; seizures; Asperger's Syndrome; bronchitis; masturbation; sunburns; pneumonia; speech delay; lice; vomiting; asthma; heart defects; blisters; sleep problems; and more.

The Searses guide parents and caregivers from a child's infancy through the teen years, teaching them what to expect at regular checkups as well as how to boost a child's well-being, devise a family health plan, work effectively with their pediatrician, and more. Distinguished by the Searses' trademark comprehensiveness, reliability, and accessible, comforting one, this book is a must-have for all families who want to keep their children healthy and happy.

About the Authors:
William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California. James Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and co-host of The Doctors. Peter Sears, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in family practice in Nashville, TN.

I am so happy to have this in my house now. There have been several instances in the past few months where I've felt so helpless because the boys were sick after hours or I didn't know what to do with them coughing or vomiting. This book is not intended to replace a doctor, but will be useful for those panic moments. I'm thinking this may be a book I give new parents because it has sections on how to choose a doctor, what to expect at the visits and a large A-Z section with just about everything you'll experience (well, I hope you don't) as a parent. I turned straight to the "screaming" section and found some helpful tips for the 4 year old. It also referred me to another Drs. Sears on discipline which I immediately went and bought!

The good folks at Hachette Book Group are giving away one copy of this book to one of my readers!

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PoCoKat said...

Would be a very helpful book!

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Anonymous said...

I would like the book because I love the Dr.Sears books.
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Amanda said...

This book would be very useful. I have four kids, and I look up health information a lot.

Megan said...

I'd like to have this book because it would be comforting to have such a useful book handy.
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