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.
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.
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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