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Review: First Aid for Babies & Children

A useful reference book about first aid, treatments for injuries and illness, immunisation and more.

Posted: 4 May 2006
by Sarah Lawson

First Aid for Babies & Children by Dr David Bass and Professor Maurice Kibel

Covers all kinds of infant illnesses, dangers and injuries.
It's pretty graphic and you shouldn't let it scare you into fearing the worst
Features: Diagrams, tips boxes, pictures and clear text to guide you through almost any problem
Price: £14.99 RRP
Contact: New Holland Publishers

It is always handy to have some kind of reference book and to browse it from time to time. You don't need to sit down and read it cover to cover as that will scare you about conditions or injuries your child will probably never have! However, it's good to have something simple and clear to follow should your child have a fall, choke on something or be exposed to too much heat or cold, for example.

The book is well laid out, with a good index, useful contacts and a table of various illnesses where you can look up symptoms, treatment and see if your child's condition is urgent or not.

The first half of the book takes you through first aid for home safety and accidents, and the second half of the book covers first aid for medical conditions.

A voice of authority
The book is well researched and gives you detail about conditions and your child's body so you can feel properly briefed about potential problems and dangers. It does not pretend to replace medical help, but it will probably mean you are better at communicating a problem with the emergency services or your GP when you need to speak to them.

The pictures are intended to make instructions more clear (in treating an injury, resuscitation and so on), but these colour pictures can look a little harrowing, despite being simulations.

The ThinkBaby verdict

More direct and probably of more practical help than a medical dictionary when your child is under ten years old.
Usefulness: 5/5
Readability: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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