Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: The Portable Pediatrician, by William Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN, Robert Sears, MD, James Sears, MD, and Peter Sears, MD

Do your kiddos ever wait to get sick until late at night, on the weekends, holidays, etc...or is that just our kids?  We could not have received this book at a better time!  My whole house has been full of germs the past couple weeks and we were able to really put this book to good use!  

If you are not familiar with material from Dr. Sears, he is a favorite resource in our house!  He and his wife Martha and his sons Robert, James and Peter have written numerous books and articles on birth, breastfeeding, childcare, health, nutrition, discipline, etc...  The Portable Pediatrician is a 575 page compilation of all kinds of health related issues for childhood from birth to adolescence. 

The main topics include:
  1. Four Things all Parents Must Do to Keep Their Children Healthy: I love the fact that this book talks about preventative health, nutrition and natural ways to keep your children healthy!
  2. Well-Baby and Well Child Exams: How to Get the Most out of Your Parent-Pediatrician Partnership: This section covers questions about the different stages of child development, vaccines and what to look out for at your child's regular check-ups. 
  3. Pediatric Concerns and Illnesses: A-Z: This index is a wealth of knowledge listing hundreds of concerns and illnesses and is a great resource when trying to decide whether your child needs to be seen by a doctor or not.
  4. Medicine Cabinet: A great resource for medicine safety, allergic reactions, dosing charts, and much more...
Overall this is a wonderful resource that will be used by our household for years to come!  This would also make a great gift! 

Want to read more?  Check out the AskDrSears website for lots of helpful articles on hundreds of childcare topics.  Find Ask Dr. Sears on FacebookThe Portable Pediatrician has a suggested retail value of $21.99, but you can find it on Amazon right now for $14.95. 

Disclosure: We received The Portable Pediatrician to review from Hachette Book Group.  The opinions I have expressed are my honest opinions and have not been influenced by the companies providing the free product.  No other compensation was received.