of Your Child
A Parent’s Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care
Robert H. Pantell, M.D.
Donald M. Vickery, M.D.
James F. Fries, M.D.
A Note to Our Readers
This book is strong medicine. It can be of great help to you and
your family. The medical advice is as sound as we can make it; many
doctors have reviewed each section. But the advice will not always work.
Like any sort of advice from your doctor, it won’t always be right
for you. This is our problem: If we don’t give you direct advice, we
can’t help you. If we do, we’ll sometimes be wrong. So here are some
▲ If your child is under the care of a doctor and you receive advice
contrary to this book, follow the doctor’s advice; the individual
characteristics of your child’s problem can then be taken into
▲ If your child has an allergy or a suspected allergy to a recommended
medication, check with your child’s doctor, at least by
▲ Read medicine label directions carefully; instructions vary from
year to year, and you should follow the most recent.
▲ You know your child best; do not hesitate to follow your own judgment
as to when to seek professional assistance.
▲ If your child’s problem persists beyond a reasonable period, you
should usually make an appointment to see the doctor.