The Big Book of Symptoms A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health Book Review

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For many parents and caregivers knowing when to call or make a visit to the pediatrician is difficult. Wouldn’t it be great to have a book handy that could help you make the right decision? The Big Book of Symptoms A–Z Guide to Your Child’s Health does just that. It helps parents and caregivers with day-to-day health and safety issues that may arise—from infancy through adolescence.

The Big Book of Symptoms A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health Review

I recently received a copy The Big Book of Symptoms to review, and I have to say that it is a fantastic resource to have. This book is full of advice such as what to do when babies have diarrhea or when they are constipated. The book is designed to help parents and caregivers distinguish minor everyday concerns from more serious conditions. It gives you a break down on what action to take when symptoms arise, and when you should consult your pediatrician.

I love the layout of the book. The book is broken down into 3 sections according to age. It covers infancy, babies and children and adolescence. And the symptoms are listed alphabetically by their common names. Looking up symptoms doesn’t get any easier than this! There are more than 100 common childhood symptoms included in this book. From baby’s labored breathing to a child’s sore throat to teenage acne, The Big Book of Symptoms has you covered. It also includes an illustrated first aid manual, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) chart, and age-specific safety and injury prevention tips.

The Big Book of Symptoms A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health Review

I wish I had this book when I took child development classes years ago. The Big Book of Symptoms is much easier to understand, and interesting than some of the books we were required to read on common childhood symptoms. This book would have been great to have back then.

Edited by two esteemed members of AAP, Steven P. Shelov, MD, FAAP, and Shelly V. Flais, MD, FAAP, The Big Book of Symptoms is an excellent resource to have on hand when you need to quickly research symptoms. However, please keep in mind that medical information changes frequently. Although this book offers the most up to date material at the time of printing, it is not intended to be a substitute for your child’s pediatrician.

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  1. Karen Glatt says:

    I like the Big Book of Symptoms because it is easy to read and find out what is going on with the kids. I like the pictures and what to do when a child is having problems.

  2. Tamra Phelps says:

    Anyone who has ever babysat a child who was feeling bad knows how clueless you can feel. This would be handy!

  3. I love books like this! This one looks wonderful! I may have to snag myself one! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. claudia m says:

    this book would make a great present for any mom or dad ! thanks for sharing

  5. Nicole Dz says:

    This would be awesome to keep on hand as a go to guide and it looks extremely helpful, especially for new mommys.

  6. This would make a great gift for any new parent!

  7. Samantha McGee says:

    This would be a perfect gift for a first-time parent or even to have handy around the house for the babysitter

  8. This would be such a good resource for parents, caregivers and all those with kids in their lives. I have used the internet to look at symptoms before and it was a mess. Too many horror stories, or rare illnesses. Most of the time I just need something to ease my mind, not panic me into calling an ambulance for a head cold.

  9. I don’t have kids but do have little nieces and nephews and cannot tell you how valuable this will be in diagnosing the hundred and one things, germs and bugs that the little ones get infected with every day.

  10. I wish I had this when my kids were young. I’ll have to tell my daughter about it. It sounds like a must have book.

  11. My mom would have loved this when my brother and I were young. Thank you for sharing this review.

  12. What a terrific approach, so often I just feel panicked over symptoms and have no idea what to do about them or even what they indicate. This is top to bottom, very ‘mom-thinking’. I like it.

  13. Well isn’t that clever a A through Z book of symptoms for child’s health. That is great. I would love to learn more about what is in this book.

  14. Esperanza Gailliard says:

    New and old parents alike this would be wonderful addition to self help books. I hate always having to look things up online, it feels good to crack open a friendly book every now and then.

  15. Hmm. . . This seems like a very interesting book! I will have to see if our local library has it :)

  16. This is a good book to have when you’ve got children. In the wrong hands it could be dangerous too. Some people are so over protective and paranoid, they’re sure that every symptom is a fatal disease.

  17. Julie Wood says:

    This is a really needed book to help parents with finding out about symptoms for their children. I like having a book like this on hand to help me when my son or daughter get sick.

  18. ellen beck says:

    I have a copy of this book, and it is quite good. Very comprehensive and with loots of easy explanations. I like the book a lot and have loaned iit out right now to a new Mom!

  19. Karen Hand says:

    This book sounds like a very good one to keep handy. One never knows when it might come in handy, and if you have children, you will be reading the book all the time, because they are always into something. Thanks.

  20. This is a book my sister can use.

  21. Maria Iemma says:

    I love books just like this one. It will keep a place on my shelf and be reached for again and again.

  22. Vanessa Plummer says:

    Thank you! A book/guide like this will always come in handy no matter how old your children are, even if you don’t have children as mentioned above and are just a nanny or a babysitter it’s wonderful! Thanks for the informative post and I’ll definitely be checking this out! Also thank you for all that you do for your fans!

  23. Wish we could give this out to parents at our clinic!

  24. Bertha Wilson says:

    This book would great to give to a new mother & father starting out new family. I like that the book is broken down into 3 sections according to age from infancy to adolescence.

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