Feb 15, 2011

The Portable Pediatrician by William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN, Robert Sears MD, James Sears MD, Peter Sears MD

Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health

Imagine you are up at three o'clock in the morning with a sick child. Wouldn't it be nice to have expert advice readily at hand to help get you through the night? Encyclopedic in scope, THE PORTABLE PEDIATRICIAN features timely and practical information on every childhood illness and emergency, including when to call the doctor, what reassuring signs can help you know your child is okay, how to treat your child at home, and much more-all in a convenient A-to-Z format. Among the scores of topics covered:

teething; sprains and broken bones; nosebleeds; measles; ear infections; choking; rashes; colic; headaches; eating disorders; fever; hip pain; warts; allergies; obesity; seizures; Asperger's Syndrome; bronchitis; masturbation; sunburns; pneumonia; speech delay; lice; vomiting; asthma; heart defects; blisters; sleep problems; and more.

The Searses guide parents and caregivers from a child's infancy through the teen years, teaching them what to expect at regular checkups as well as how to boost a child's well-being, devise a family health plan, work effectively with their pediatrician, and more. Distinguished by the Searses' trademark comprehensiveness, reliability, and accessible, comforting one, this book is a must-have for all families who want to keep their children healthy and happy.


William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN, are the pediatric experts on whom American parents increasingly rely for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears has practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years, and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Martha Sears is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant. Robert W. Sears, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in southern California.

Publish Date: 2/23/2011
Price: $21.99/$23.99
ISBN: 9780316017480
Pages: 592
Size: 7-1/2" x 9-1/4"


What a treasure of a book!  It is packed full of all kinds of helpful information for whatever you might want to know about your child's health but didn't know where to find the answers.

Here is a great sample section from the book:


When you aren't sure what is causing the pain but need to provide relief until you can see a doctor, try these remedies:

  1. Use gravity. Encourage your child to rest or sleep with the painful ear upward. This allows the fluid in the middle ear to drain from the eardrum and reduce pressure.
  2. Clear the nose. The eustachian tubes connect the back of the throat and nose with the ears, so if the nose is stuffy, the eustachian tube is likely to be also. To keep the ears clear of fluid and pain, it's important to clear the stuffy nose. (See nose-hose and steam-clean techniques, page 20.)
  3. Wiggle away the pain. Popping open a plugged eustachian tube can often relieve ear pain. Grab the earlobe between your thumb and forefinger and pull down and out four times. This maneuver pulls on the ear canal structures next to the eustachian tube and may help to pop it open. If this maneuver causes more pain, your child probably has "swimmer's ear." See page 507.
  4. Blow away the pain. If you suspect your child's ear pain is due to a clogged eustachian tube (such as during an allergy, cold, or during air travel), have him gently blow up a balloon. Balloon blowing will often pop open the eustachian tube and relieve the pain, just as yawning or squeezing the nose and blowing out pops open the eustachian tubes for adults.
  5. Try eardrops for ear pain. Over the years we have heard many mom-approved natural ear-pain remedies, such as mullein garlic oil, olive oil, and aloe vera oil. While it's preferable to have a doctor examine your baby's ear before using eardrops, during those middle-of-the-night earaches it's okay to use one of these warm oils, even though you don't know exactly why the ear hurts. Here's how to use them:
  • Have your child lie down with the affected ear up.
  • Drop four drops of warm (not hot!) oil into your child's ear canal. The oil should easily drip right off your fingertip. To get the oil to reach the painful area, gently pull on the earlobe to help the oil find its way down the canal and soothe the painful eardrum.
Your pediatrician may prescribe anesthetic eardrops and may recommend over the counter pain-relieving medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (see dosages, pages 552 and 553).

Any parent or childcare provider knows how difficult it is to see a child suffer in pain, and we just want them to feel better. The Portable Pediatrician is a fitting name for this reference book, as it provides easy answers for almost any situation that may arise.

What I really liked about the book was the simple home remedies ... things that might help to get through the middle-of-the-night hours until the doctor's office opens.  I loved the cross-references to other similar ailments, and the quick reference (along with page numbers) to correct dosages of pain-relieving medications.  This book is designed to provide a quick and easy solution, exactly when it is needed the most.

For a chance to win your own copy of this great book, check out my giveaway here, which ends on March 2. Comments left on this posting will not count as entries for the giveaway.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Portable Pediatrician from Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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