The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years

Not only is Mother Nature making herself known this Winter, but cold and flu season is too. Being that I have a toddler and child in junior kindergarten, you can bet that we have had our share of bugs circulating through our home over the past little while. More recently my daughter spent Christmas holidays recovering from an ear infection; while my son, husband and I all had a bout of the stomach flu.

As a parent seeing your child sick and uncomfortable is absolutely disheartening. You don’t always want to be the parent that runs off to the walk-in over a measly sniffle or cough, but sometimes it is hard to know when your child should be seen by a doctor or the steps to help your child attain some level of comfort.

I can remember when I was a child my Mom would turn to a trusty little book called The Doctors Book of Home Remedies. Thankfully, I have a similar resource floating around my house entitled The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years. This book has surely come in handy over the past few weeks.


By reading through this book… I was able to determine that the symptoms my daughter had been experiencing prior to Christmas were in fact pointing towards a possible Acute Otitis Media (Ear Infection). Symptoms of Acute Otitis Media include:

  • Fever
  • Ear pain
  • Ear rubbing and pulling
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Pus draining from the ear
  • Decreased appetite and energy level
  • Fussiness and irritability

Did you know that young children are the most prone to acute otitis media because of their position of the Eustachian tubes? Neither did I. Apparently the tubes of young children are small and short, which allows the tubes to get blocked by even the slightest inflammation. Drainage fluid can easily build up from inflammation of a cold, and being that a child’s tubes are horizontal  this can pose a problem and increase the risk of a child developing a middle-ear infection.

I’m sure this book will see even more use from me once the wee bundle joins our family in early March. The A to Z of Children’s Healthy also covers topics including: breastfeeding, colic, constipation, crying, common cold, and failure to thrive.

Pampers wants to arm Canadian parents with resources to promote baby’s happy, healthy development. Sure to become your go-to health and wellness guide, The A to Z of Children’s Health is an indispensable reference that will solve every parent’s health query.

Written by pediatric experts, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, Dr. Natasha Saunders and Dr. Norman Saunders, from the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children, this comprehensive and contemporary guide covers over 235 childhood conditions and illnesses – from diaper rash to remedies for the common cold.  The easy-to-read format will guide you through questions about your child’s health, providing practical tips and strategies that may help avoid countless hours of waiting in a doctor’s office or emergency room.

As a  parent, I’m sure you have lots of advice and tips of your own to share. Have you ever turned to a resource like A to Z, or wished you had it handy when dealing with your little ones illness? Leave a comment below telling me the best tip you have ever received, and complete the Rafflecopter form while at it to enter to win your very own copy of The A to Z of Children’s Health.

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  1. kim burnett says:

    I will take any help I can get and love reading!

  2. I only have a 7 week old so I think this would be handy, but any questions we have had already, we’ve turned to the Internet (or our doctor when we’ve gone in for check-ups)!

  3. I find the Mayo Clinic website pretty helpful. I remember reading books about home remedies at my auntie’s house when younger. Seeing as we also have nephews and nieces in this age range (from 16 mos to 7 years) this would come in handy!

  4. Larissa V says:

    I usually use google, but its nice to have a book on hand

  5. I lost my mommy a number of years ago so I don’t have her for advice. I often turn to the internet if I have questions. A book like this would be very useful.

  6. Marianne Rozak says:

    I have had a few weird things where I’ve had to refer to references (eg, scarlet fever in my oldest).

  7. I’ve never really had to refer to a children’s health manual – maybe just to look up a rash.

  8. Karen C Hill says:

    I refer to my mom ;)

  9. I usually google my questions but it would be nice to have a book like this.

  10. Lynda Cook says:

    When my girls were younger I never had a computer so I always turned to my book, I’m glad I had it for the little things so I wasn’t rushing to the doctors all the time

  11. I google any questions that I have.

  12. SueSueper says:

    I did have a few books to look at. Now the internet has a wealth of information.

  13. I often look things up when it comes to my kid’s health. I wish I had this book. The best advice I have received is to prop up the mattress with a thin pillow at one end so that a baby can breathe easier when sleeping with a cold.

  14. this would be great info. a good tip i have gotten is to call my mom, when in doubt!

  15. Victoria Ess says:

    Always. A good tip is to stay calm and ask my mom!

  16. Such an interesting and informative book. Just what I need!

  17. Doctor Sears has a lot of great advice about ear infections and where you should take your baby/ child in. Mom’s intuition is a great resource too!

  18. jackie reid says:

    This would be great to have. I always call my mother when my son gets really sick, she always seems to know what to do.

  19. Marlies Cohen says:

    super contest

  20. Maggie K. says:

    I checked ‘What to Expect in The First Year’ a few times. But now he is older than that.

  21. With 2 kids under the age of 5 I could use all the help I can get.

  22. I’d love to have had it when my son had reflux…but I’d love to have it now too, of course!

  23. Angela Mitchell says:

    I would love having a handy book like this. The internet can be great too but sometimes it’s hard to sift through the info and a book like this would be nice for a quick reference.

  24. I don’t have a book. I have always gone to the internet when I needed info

  25. I need this book for my newborn. I’d don’t have any tips yet and need lots of advice.

  26. Monique L. S. says:

    I read some books when my baby was first born, but haven’t lately (she’s 16 mths now), though I did pull out another book recently. Usually, I ask other moms for advice whenever I have questions.

  27. Laura Arbour says:

    I would have loved to have this book handy on many occasions…

  28. missbobloblaw says:

    Yes! Good ol’ Dr.Sears came in handy for teething and fevers back when I was a new mama! Tepid water for a fever bath was the gem that I gleaned!

  29. Katy Emanuel says:

    There are many times when a book like this would have been handy to have. I have on occasion done a google search, but not always sure the information I read online is credible.

  30. Christy Martin says:

    I have never had a book like this but I can see it being a very handy guide and a great gift for any new or old mom!

  31. I would like to offer this to my brother and his wife for their toddler and their new baby girl.

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