The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years {BOOK REVIEW}

In today’s hyper-connected world it is all too easy to turn to the internet for advice and information of all types including for health issues. As the parent of a toddler and someone who is a super-internet-user, I often turn to trusty Google when my little one isn’t feeling well to try to figure out what is wrong and what I should do (much to my husband’s chagrin!). While some of this information is helpful I am always cautious and a bit skeptical given that I don’t really know the source of the advice and if it can be trusted.

The A to Z of Children’s Health is the perfect resource for parents like me who want to know what to watch out for and when to call the doctor or head to the emergency room. The book covers a myriad of topics, conditions and illnesses from newborn to children up to 10 years old in an easy-to-follow guide. The pages are laid out simply, and the book is organized alphabetically, as the title suggests.

The best part about this invaluable resource is that I know I can trust the information inside because it is written by doctors from the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. These experts know what they are talking about and have done a great job of conveying information in an easy-to-understand way without a lot of confusing and technical doctor-speak.

Not only does this guide cover illnesses like diarrhea, chicken pox and fever, but it also has fantastic information on sleep, breastfeeding and speech problems, to name a few. In the few weeks I have had the book I have already referred to it several times when faced with a rash, fever and the very unfortunate night terrors my poor wee one suffers from.

Another fantastic feature of this book are boxes that contain “Red Flags” for certain illnesses and conditions. For example, if your child has a fever and you’re not sure if he or she needs medical attention, refer to the fever Red Flags to help you decide what to do. I also really like that there are great photos of things like rashes that can help you identify what is going on.

While I know that a book doesn’t replace seeing a doctor, The A to Z of Children’s Health can certainly help to calm fears and help parents decide on a course of action. This book will definitely become my go-to resource when it comes to my son, and I would recommend it to any parent in Canada looking for an all-encompassing guide to your child’s health.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter @pennesthoughts or on her blog at A Penne For Your Thoughts.


Note: I received a sample of this book. Opinions are my own, and no other compensation was received. ~Jennifer

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One Response to The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years {BOOK REVIEW}

  1. Victoria Ess says:

    This book sounds really helpful!

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