Taking Care of Your Child

A Parent's Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care

For 30+ years, this go-to guide has helped millions of families keep their children healthy. It’s now updated with the most recent advances in health care. Look up a symptom to find an explanation of probable causes, how to treat the problem at home, and when to see a doctor.

574 pages. ©2015.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted October 12, 2018


This book is an excellent resource for parents new and old. Not only does it have sections on stages of growth, but it also has a wonderful illness section, that can be utilized by people of all ages. Thank you.


Review posted October 9, 2018


Fantastic book with all the basics for health care at home. It also has information about pregnancy and birth, development stages, family dynamics, school, and growth charts.


Review posted September 10, 2018


Taking Care of Your Child is an excellent book. It’s full of all the information you may need to treat a sick child. Great explanations and advice.


Review posted August 29, 2018


This book is already proving to be incredibly helpful in our home. With 3 young kids, illnesses and injuries are a regular occurrence. This book has a lot of great information for so many different medical concerns and issues that might arise.


Review posted August 13, 2018


Good reference for anyone to follow!


Review posted July 15, 2018


I had the older versions when I was first raising my own children and it was so useful letting me know with the yes or no guide how to take care of what ailment that seemed to be going on. This updated new version is excellent and and wonderful baby shower gift idea for a new parent or give to new grandparents. As a grandparent myself, I'm happy to have the newest version and has already helped identifying appropriate actions to take.


Review posted May 25, 2018


The book has useful charts to follow for multiple different medical problems a child may experience. It also has step by step directions for CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. Although some of the medical advice is not up to date with current medical advice from doctors and first aid trainers. For example, the book says to treat a burn one should run cold water on it or use an ice pack. Current medical advice for burns in room temperature water, not ice. Ice can actually make the problem worse. Could be a good book for first time parents, who do not take every word for 100% truth.


Review posted March 6, 2018


This gives you a lot of good advice to help with your kids.

Gwendolyn Graham

Review posted February 25, 2018


This could be an excellent reference book for parents, but it is written at a higher than 6th grade reading level, which could limit its use. I've seen earlier versions, published 3 decades ago as a "Decision Tree," and I think that the current format is more like a "college level" parenting textbook than the easy-to-read "decision tree." The current version does contain some nice "decision trees," but they are smaller and buried in the midst of a lot of verbiage. All in all, the book is very informative from "conception to adolescence" and the decision trees have the potential to provide valuable assistance in deciding whether to take the child to a doctor or to treat at home. I only wish that those decision trees were more prominent and easily accessible for use at all educational levels.


Review posted January 18, 2018


This is a very helpful informative volume for any parent


Review posted October 15, 2017


This is one of those books that is passed on to the upcoming generation. It is sometimes difficult to find good and complete care for your children and for the most part, going to a doctor's appointment can sometimes be more for the parent and needed reassurance. Here is an in-house guide that any parent can use for that much needed reassurance and information from medical professions with years and years of the experience we want them to have. Use it as a baby shower gift.


Review posted August 26, 2017


Great reference


Review posted August 3, 2017


great book


Review posted June 19, 2017


Great reference book for families!


Review posted April 5, 2017


This book is extremely user friendly. It contains a comprehensive list of childhood medical situations and gives you a easy to use key to help a parent to decide whether or not they should treat at home or to seek further medical care. Easy to use flow charts are the highlight of this book, I would recommend it to any new or seasoned parent.