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Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child [Paperback]

Janet Zand , Robert Rountree , Rachel Walton
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Jan. 7 2003
Revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the latest thinking and information on children's health issues, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child enables parents to combine the best of conventional and alternative approaches. Part One explains the full spectrum of techniques that can be employed to effectively treat childhood health problems, providing an overview of the history, fundamentals, and uses of conventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and nutritional supplementation. Part Two contains a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the various health problems of childhood, from acne to chickenpox to thumb-sucking. Finally, Part Three offers guidance on using the therapies and procedures suggested in Part Two, from locating acupressure points to preparing herbal remedies.

Written by a naturopathic physician, a medical doctor, and a pediatric nurse, this unique book gives parents easy access to current information and advice regarding their children's health and acts as a bridge between time-honored healing systems and mainstream medicine. Illustrated with line art.

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Health-care practitioners are a polarized lot: generally speaking, either they subscribe wholeheartedly to conventional medical treatments, or they eschew them altogether. This can be a great source of frustration to parents, whose natural response to a child's illness is a desire to do everything possible to make that child well. Written by a natural-medicine practitioner, a traditionally licensed doctor, and a pediatric nurse, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child presents an integrated approach to children's health care that allows a parent to do just that. This excellent reference applies a full spectrum of responses to common childhood health problems: conventional medical treatments, dietary guidelines, nutritional supplements, herbal treatments, homeopathy, and acupressure; for each ailment, general recommendations and preventive measures are also offered. The book's authors explain that their approach to health care "considers all treatment possibilities and draws on what works. Sometimes this will be an herb, sometimes an antibiotic, sometimes both." This well-researched, balanced, and clearly written reference belongs on every parent's bookshelf. --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When a child becomes ill, most parents will seek the advice of a pediatrician, often without considering alternatives to traditional treatment. While this is frequently the best course of action-especially for a child who is critically ill-some alternatives may in fact be superior, equally beneficial or potentially less risky. Here the authors describe, in encyclopedic style, conventional treatments for a host of childhood ailments, and include alternative treatments, such as herbal and homeopathic remedies. They also provide a comprehensive discussion of the theories behind homeopathic medicine. Look for sections on encouraging good nutrition, medical emergencies, safety at home and away, and immunizations, as well as an extensive glossary, a bibliography for further reading, and listings of resources and hotlines. Although parents might not be inclined to experiment when their child is ill, nevertheless, they should be aware of available options. The authors give them that opportunity.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the thoughtful parent Jan. 6 2001
By Amy J
This would be a great gift for new parents - it is a wonderful resource for parents who want the most information possible when making health care decisions for their children. It includes everything from more conventional treatments for illnesses to less conventional methods such as dietary changes and homeopathy.
This book is also a great reference for parents who are unfamiliar with less conventional treatments - it gives helpful descriptions of what homeopathy and other natural methods actually are, the principles for treatment they use, and why these methods work. It is written in an easy-to-use format and really opened my eyes to alternative methods of helping my child stay healthy.
The only thing I feel should be omitted from this book is the section on time-outs - I didn't buy a health book for it's parenting method, and would prefer not to be given parenting suggestions from this author. Otherwise, it's a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource book March 29 2009
I love this book! It covers every childhood illness that you can think of and gives alternative medicine/healing methods and also explains what the common conventional treatment would be. Helped to inform me when my child is coming down wiht something. Has loads of preventative herbal remedies and when to you them. Gives information on vaccines, an unbasis look at what the pros and cons are. I will use this book for reference forever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this book Jan. 30 2014
By amanda
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Great book. I just ignore the medical stuff. Love the recommendations and love that it teaches you about each disease! Definitely a go to book when anyone is sick in my house. I have 2 kids toddler and newborn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative! Very Impressive! April 11 2012
By McKayka
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This book contains any common and uncommon childhood illnesses I can think of. It's a must for any new parent, like myself. You never know when your internet might not always be there to search a certain illness and its symptoms, which is why it's great to purchase a detailed book such as this to have as ready reference. It lists very practical conventional and natural remedies to every illness.

It's a wonderful book - I was very impressed. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept but incomplete July 26 2000
By qb
This book is a wonderful addition to a healthcare library, but it shouldn't be the only book in it. When my children were exposed to hand-foot-and-mouth disease, I found nothing to help in this book. On the other hand "Baby and Child Care" by James Dobson did address the issue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and must have! Jan. 23 2011
This book is a great baby-shower gift. A real must have for reference in the home if you have children. I have only had it for two weeks and have used it several times already. I love that it gives you different options to make an educated choice as a parent on how to treat illness - conventional medicine, homeopathy, herbal and acupressure are the ones I have already consulted.
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I'm currenty building a homeopathic home kit using the recommendations in the book. For each ailment, it tells you different approaches and what your doctor will probably reccomend for it, then you can judge what you think is best for your child. I absolutely love this book and love the straight forward explanations of alternative and conventional treatments. So far, I have managed to avoid antibiotics by using a garlic and oil tincture in my sons ear, and I am currently studying the nutrition section. Next I want to hit the acupressure sections and learn more in this area. I am so thankful to have this book - it's a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Dec 10 2003
By Kelly
This book is a very handy reference guide for any parent. It has an extensive catalog of common [and not so common] childhood diseases, illnesses, and symptoms and includes both the modern western medical treatments as well as nutritional, herbal, homeopathic, accupressure and other more non-traditional treatments. It is a thorough and complete volume. It is non-judgemental as well - not preachy or annoying. This book would be helpful to any parent in dealing with their child's health concerns.
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