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

kwalker

Review posted May 5, 2019

5

Great resource for parents!

HeatherK2485

Review posted February 3, 2019

5

This book was even BETTER than I thought it was going to be! And it came at the perfect time also, as I have been dealing with sick kiddos. This book covers health from A-Z and is SO easy to understand!

tahutton

Review posted January 28, 2019

5

This book is more than just "taking care of your child", it is a complete go-to guide if you have questions about your child in any sense. From behavior to adolescence, to calculating percentile in the back, I genuinely love this book and the information it contains as parents can never stay too informed about their children. I recommend this to anyone who has a child or is pregnant. It is a must read!

toniwallisa

Review posted January 22, 2019

5

The book Taking Care of Your Child is a well-organized and compiled book with a lot of interesting health information that is presented to the reader. As a new parent, I feel that the organization of this book answers many questions I did not even know that I had. The book includes many visuals and charts that help to give a picture of what is actually occurring, as opposed to just leaving this to the imagination. I appreciate that the book covers topics that range from birth (such as feeding issues and breastfeeding) all the way to issues that are still applicable as adults (such as birth control and how to maintain a healthy diet). I feel that because of the wide array of topics that the book covers, it is one that should be held on to and kept around throughout the child’s life as a reference guide. A minor criticism of the book would include the separate parts of the book are not as easy to identify at a glance than others. Part IV begins to divide the book into sections that are easily identifiable from the outside, and convenient for the avid Post-It-Note user to gain quick access to a marked section. The sections as they are located in the book would be easier identified if they were in separate colors, much like Part IV is identified through the blue tabs noticed on the outside of the book. As a whole, I find this book to give good insight into many potential problems that can occur in children, from water safety and helmets to rashes and choking, the book has many topics that allow it to be a great resource. The visuals, charts, and flowcharts that are provided throughout the book appeal to the visual learner and the variety of topics throughout the book are there in such a way that it provides parents with some much needed peace of mind.

Loverfrombeyond

Review posted January 9, 2019

4

This book is handy when it comes to basic care for illness, scrapes, ect. Easy to understand in a rush with a crying toddler.

fiberlady

Review posted December 6, 2018

5

It had been 39 years since I had charge of an infant. Now I was given the gift of a grand daughter. What to do - how to do it - it isn't all intuitive. This is a great reference for new parents and "returning" grandparents.

Homeschoolmom

Review posted December 3, 2018

5

Thank you for this book it is full of helpful information to help me care for my little ones

stanton18

Review posted November 30, 2018

5

This book is a source of great information on how to take care of my children, even adults. I highly recommend this book to anyone who encounters children or would like to brush up on medical care.

llrand

Review posted November 13, 2018

5

This book was a very good and informative in raising children. Very easy to read

Tasha Uber

Review posted November 7, 2018

5

It is a helpful book to reference when trying to figure out what is wrong with young kids when they can’t express what they want using words.

Jen2sons

Review posted October 12, 2018

5

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.

Kalika

Review posted October 9, 2018

5

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.

TeresaGorman

Review posted September 10, 2018

5

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.

marissadavis.216

Review posted August 29, 2018

5

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.

mzamarripa

Review posted August 13, 2018

3

Good reference for anyone to follow!

nonirose

Review posted July 15, 2018

5

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.

shannonfast

Review posted May 25, 2018

3

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.

kck.hankins3

Review posted March 6, 2018

4

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

Gwendolyn Graham

Review posted February 25, 2018

4

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.

crhughes72

Review posted January 18, 2018

5

This is a very helpful informative volume for any parent

Egiudice

Review posted October 15, 2017

4

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.

nshumaker

Review posted August 26, 2017

5

Great reference

mandy.stanley

Review posted August 3, 2017

5

great book

Judylmiller

Review posted June 19, 2017

5

Great reference book for families!

reilly1028

Review posted April 5, 2017

4

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.