If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: Review

Saturday, July 25, 2009 Posted by Dina N

As a parent, I have had to take my kids to a doctor numerous times - and many of these have been weekend visits. We are fortunate to have a children's hospital and urgent care facilities nearby, but an emergency is still an emergency. I have never second-guessed myself about taking my children to urgent care - better safe than sorry.

Dr. Lara Zibners, author of If Your Kid..., has worked as an emergency room pediatrician and has put together a comprehensive manual to help parents tell apart real emergencies from less severe conditions that can be treated at home. It is not a substitute for professional medical care and as the doctor herself states, it is just a guide and you have to trust your gut. However, if you are going online at 2 a.m. to find out if your kid's vomit has a color you should be concerned about, this is the book for you.

Dr. Zibners devotes a chapter each to the newborn's body, behavior and sympthoms, the breathing and circulation, the head and the nervous system, eyes and ears, nose, mouth, and throat, and so on. She basically covers the whole body in the 300-plus pages of her book and gives her readers the point of view of a medical professional, while keeping her sense of humor. Some important advice is clearly highlighted in text boxes throughout the book. The 911 situations - when you absolutely need to take your child to the ER right away - are similarly set apart.

If Your Kid... educates and prepares parents as best as a book could for emergency situations. It contains a wealth of useful information that I think is best learned BEFORE crisis strikes. In case you are one of the people who can keep their cool enough to be able to consult a book while under considerable stress, there is a comprehensive index covering everything from abdominal pain to zipper injuries, with the corresponding page number.

If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay would make a valuable addition to any parent's library, and a great and much appreciated gift both for new and experienced parents and caregivers. Find out where to purchase Dr. Zibner's book here.

Many thanks to Hachette Book Group for this review opportunity.

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