My Child is Sick: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

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Prevent unnecessary calls to your office when you share the wisdom of My Child Is Sick! with your parents. The well-organized chapters, condition-specific charts, and clear advice will empower parents to make the right decisions when confronted by common childhood illnesses. Dr. Schmitt’s proven guidelines will help parents figure out whether to treat their child at home, call the doctor, or head to the emergency department. The newly updated and revised second edition has been rewritten to a sixth grade reading level, so the content is easily accessible for all parents. New topics in this edition include earwax buildup, mosquito bites, strep throat infections, and wound infections. 

Praise for the first edition of My Child Is Sick!

“An immensely helpful medical guide that won’t just sit on the shelf . . . an excellent resource that will help all parents rest a little easier at night.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“This is a valuable and well-organized book that should be on the ready-reference shelf of every family home.” —Library Journal 

“Those desiring concise, practical guidance will appreciate the straightforward nature of this no-nonsense resource.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Helps parents and caregivers identify symptoms of everyday childhood maladies. . . . Thankfully, all information—including the detailed Care Advice—is presented in clear checklist style. Such visual organization will be a blessing to parents, especially for those unavoidable moments of panic in the middle of the night.”—BookPage 

My Child Is Sick! had guidance faster than I could google it . . . it’s a no-frills guide that doesn’t mess around with anecdotes or fancy writing when all you want to know is how worried you should be.”—The Tampa Tribune 

“Chapters pertaining to the body part that ‘hurts’ offer easy-to-follow advice on how to treat ailments at home and when it’s time to call the doctor.”—Scholastic Parent & Child

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58110-988-7
  • Product Code: CB0097
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2016
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 426
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics 

About the Author

Author: Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP 

Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of the After-Hours Call Center at The Children's Hospital in Colorado.

Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP is the largest pediatric publisher in the world, with a diverse list of resources that includes essential clinical and practice management titles and award-winning books for parents.