Reviews

“WHAT I LIKED: This book is written in a funny, down to earth way that doesn’t make you feel like an idiot. I really would have appreciated something like this when my kids were really little and I freaked out over everything they put in their mouths. It has a scenario/question and answer format, with clear answers on when not to panic and when to call 911.”

Chic Book Chick Review


“Zibners, an emergency room pediatrician who divides her time between London and New York, claims that about 75% of all nighttime Emergency Department visits are unnecessary. To forestall them, she’s written a book that every parent needs at 4 a.m. when the baby has a bellyache or fever, and a decision must be made about whether to call the doctor, go back to bed or head for the hospital. Zibners walks parents through all the body parts and processes, including “The ABCs: Airway, Breathing and Circulation”; “The Noggin and Nervous System”; “Seeing and Hearing: The Eyes and Ears”; “Bite and Sniff: The Nose, Mouth and Throat” and so forth, with a chapter devoted to such newborn issues as the soft spot and the umbilicus. Along the way she answers such questions as what would happen if a child ate a decoration pebble from the fish tank, whether a Barbie shoe fits up a nostril, and how to deal with bites, stings, falls, allergic reactions, household poisonings and other panic-inducing problems. Despite her offbeat, wisecracking sense of humor, the book is filled with critical information, such as the fact that fever in a newborn is an urgency. Zibners gives parents the tools to make logical choices while simultaneously trusting their instincts. (June)”

Publishers Weekly


“Zibners, formerly assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, offers a reassuring guide to distinguishing when a child needs immediate medical attention (newborn with fever) and when delaying a few hours won’t hurt (child vomiting without other symptoms). Beginning with a guide to a newborn’s body from head to toe, inside and out, the book covers everything from fever and allergies to accidents and trauma. Particularly helpful is Zibners’s perspective as an emergency room physician who tells parents how to help the doctor treat their child. Verdict: Zibners’s tone is friendly and never condescending; she provides sufficient medical detail to be useful but employs a light enough touch for enjoyable reading. New parents and caregivers alike will appreciate this direct presentation of health information that makes a nice supplement to more traditional guides.”

Library Journal


“If your looking for that perfect baby shower gift or have just had it up to here with your ‘Nervous Nellie’ friend who worries every time little Jr. has the sniffles, this book is for you. I read this book in an afternoon, completely engrossed, reminiscing of all the times my two little angels got hurt or sick or did something that completely freaked me out, thinking they had done permanent damage to themselves. My son actually, more than my daughter, as he was the one who got appendicitis on Valentine’s Day one year, broke several fingers, had to call 911 while we were out shopping because he had cut himself accidentally which later required over 17 stitches both inside and out, got the proverbial what the heck is that in your nose, Fifth’s disease…I could go on and on but then this is suppose to be a book review not a book. If your kid eats this book, everything will be okay… is the perfect book for first time parents, first time grandparents and most certainly any child care giver. It covers just about any question an inexperienced parent can come up with, which happens more often than not after office hours. Over 25 million children are treated in Emergency Departments every year with almost half of these visits being unnecessary. The purpose of this book is to educate parents when to call the doctor and when not to worry. Dr. Lara Zibners, advises any one reading her book to please remember to call your child’s doctor first if you truly feel the problem cannot wait until their office opens again. In fact most pediatricians prefer you call them first, even if it is three in the morning, or that it’s your second or third call. They will be the one to call the ED to let them know you are on your way if that becomes necessary; specifically what the problem seems to be, as well as giving the ED a brief medical history of your child, which could prove to be invaluable in treating your child once you get there. Lara’s book is written with laugh out loud humor and with the wisdom of a seasoned doctor who truly understands that love is the reason behind all the worry, which she expertly lays to rest. This book should be required reading for every first time parent, it would save a lot of time, worry and money. If your kid eats this book.. will help you to worry less, giving you more time to enjoy these precious years. I’m sure your child will give you plenty to worry about when they become a teenager. ”

Merry Weather Book Blog


“When I first received this book for review, I expected it to be yet another version of way-too-overdone parenting book. I began reading and waited for the chapters about changing diapers, washing bottles, and how to tell if your child is really hungry vs. really tired. This is not that book. Everyone wishes they could have a stand-by Medical Doctor in their home. Well, this book isn’t that, but it’s the next best thing! Lara Zibners, MD, tells us parents all about the Emergency Department (apparantly it’s the ED, not ER) and when to take our children there. We are told that over half of the 25 million visits made by children per year, to the Emergency Department, are unnecessary. Zibners used her good sense of humor to gently educate parents on what types of injuries or illnesses really warrant an ED visit, vs. what doesn’t. I especially love the way that Dr. Zibners uses her sense of humor to make the reader feel more comfortable. The entire section on vomit in Chapter 6 had me laughing out loud so many times. “Vomiting Colors I honestly could care less what color the vomit is until you tell me it is green. And not the yellow-green that comes up when there is nothing left to vomit. That is stomach juice. We are talking green, green, green. Green like a Christmas tree green. Green like my scrub pants green….” I’ve definitely been guilty of bringing this up to my doctor before…actually, more than once. She gently ensured me that the color really doesn’t matter unless it’s green. I was extremely surprised by some of the things I learned in this book and I really wish I could have read it two years ago, just before I had Monkey, as I found the newborn chapter especially helpful and full of amazing facts that I didn’t know. Great book, Dr. Zibners, I’m so glad I got to read it! ”

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