Raise your hand if you’ve ever stood in front of your sick child trying to figure out if her symptoms warrant a middle-of-the-night call to the pediatrician service, or if you can cuddle her back to sleep and figure it out in the morning. Is there any parent reading this without a hand in the air? And that question didn’t even factor in the whole question of an ER visit! Being a parent is never an easy job, and making informed decisions about how to best react to the many, many symptoms of sicknesses that come and go throughout the childhood years is one major challenge. Well, Dr. Lara Zibners, an emergency room pediatrician, answers our queries with If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency.
The things that kids can put in their mouths, in their ears, and up their noses, along with all the bumps, cuts, falls and other assorted childhood injuries can make a mom go crazy with worry. Dr. Zibners’ guide to assessing many of the common issues that affect children is a refreshingly calm and reassuring resource. With tongue-in-cheek humor, Dr. Zibners keeps the mood light even while she’s providing usable information in parent-friendly terms (read: non-medically trained parents!). Having been perplexed more than once in my almost 9 years of parenting, I can appreciate this book’s value, and I’m sure that I’ll have reason to pull it off the shelf again sometime in the near future!
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At this very moment, it’s highly likely that Dawn is either reading a book or bandaging up a scraped knee. Details can always be found on her blog, my thoughts exactly.