Sunday, November 7, 2010

Favorite Health Books

Since Jameson is still feeling pretty crummy, this will be another short blog. I have had my nose buried in books trying to help him for the past 24+ hours. Unfortunately, croup is one of those illnesses that you just have to ride out, which is what we are trying to do. Here are my three favorite books for helping me figure out how to treat Jameson.

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child- By Janet Zand, ND., LAc., Robert Rountree, M.D., and Rachel Walton, MSN, CRNP

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This book is a collaborative effort between different kinds of medicines (Conventional and Homeopathic). Divided into three sections: Elements of Health Care, Common Childhood Health Problems and Therapies and Procedures. It explains everything, and I love it. By far this is my go-to medical guide. My mom and I also give this as presents to new moms.

My next book that tops the list is:

The Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development

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As the cover implies this book covers it all, and I am always happy to look through it and see what it says. I think every home where children are present should have a book like this around.

And since not much can be done for Croup I also used my homeopathic guide.

Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants- By Dana Ullman, M.P.H.

While this book was less helpful this time, mainly because it didn't have a "croup" section, it was still useful. It always has good descriptions of each herb, how its to be given. Since I don't know much about homeopathy, and I am still learning, I find this book a real asset to my library. It's divided into three sections: 1) Why Homeopathy makes sense. 2) How to Use Homeopathic Medicine 3) Common ailments of Children. It has a description of each of the herbs that is about two pages long. Common name, latin name, Overview, General Characteristics (of the child), Keynote Symptoms, Modalities, and Primary Indicated Conditions. When I am trying to treat something simple I often find myself lost in this book because its so interesting to read.

1 comment:

Amber said...

Aimee, these are great suggestions! This is kind of pathetic to admit, but I don't have a single health reference book for children! I think I got lazy the first year, because we had Kaiser insurance and they have the 24 hour nurse advice line. However, after reading these recommendations, I think I need to invest in at least the first book, if not all three! Thanks for posting this.