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Mama doc medicine : finding calm and confidence in parenting, child health, and work-life balance
Swanson, Wendy Sue, author.
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois : American Academy of Pediatrics, [2014]

Physical Description:
xxi, 389 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Presents evidence-based advice on raising children, enhancing a collection of the author's blog posts with statistics, charts, and summaries to discuss four themes--prevention, social-emotional support, immunizations, and work-life balance.
Prevention -- Social-emotional support -- Immunizations -- Work-life balance/mothering.
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RJ61 .S93 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
RJ61 .S93 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Family Place
RJ61 .S93 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
RJ61 .S93 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting

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"Parents want to do what's right," explains Mama Doc blogger and physician Wendy Sue Swanson. Yet many parents find that defining what's right can sometimes be elusive, so Dr. Swanson has created this innovative guide to help.
Pediatrician, mother and blogger Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson helps decipher today's conflicting medical opinions, offers helpful online resources, and shares what she's learned over many years from her patients, friends and family in this enlightening guide to parenting.

Based on the popular SeattleMamaDoc blog, Mama Doc Medicine is a timely collection of almost 100 entries grouped under the following headings:
1. Prevention for Infants and Toddlers
2. Social-Emotional Support
3. Immunizations
4. Work-Life Balance/Mothering

Using Dr. Swanson's experience as a mother and physician, this book provides simple answers to the "how," "what," "why," and "who" questions of parenting.

Author Notes

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician living in Seattle, WA, with her husband and 2 young boys. Partnering with her patients and their parents fuels her passion to improve health care. As executive director for the Center for Digital Health at Seattle Children's Hospital and in her blog Seattle Mama Doc (, she works to revolutionize health care delivery using social media and digital tools to bridge the gap between parents and doctors.

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Booklist Review

Grandmas will find themselves thinking, If only pediatricians wrote parenting blogs (and turned them into books) when I was pregnant! Swanson a pediatrician, mom, and blogger (Seattle Mama Doc) tackles everything from vaccines (get them) to bouncy houses (beware) and has organized her book into four sections covering Prevention, Social-Emotional Support, Immunizations, and Work-Life Balance/Mothering. The chapters consist of enhanced posts from her blog accompanied by vital statistics, links, and helpful summaries and charts, and this format works well. Swanson explains the science of everything from those six soft spots on a baby's head (they let the fast-growing brain expand and cushion the skull until it closes) to chicken-pox parties (not a good idea) and discusses a wide range of subjects from colic to same-sex marriage with candor and humor. For parents who want even more, Swanson lists good online, Twitter, and Facebook resources. The result is a celebration of momhood that ends with the memorable line: Bear witness to the ultimate luxury of life: the gift of your child. --Springen, Karen Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pediatrician, mother of two, and "Seattle Mamma Doc" blogger Swanson combines some of her most popular blog posts with new information in this helpful guide for parents. Swanson has a busy pediatric clinic schedule, so she understands the struggle to balance family life and professional responsibilities. Arranged in four sections ("Prevention," "Social-Emotional Support," "Immunizations," and "Work-Life Balance/Mothering"), her guide is practical as well as personal. Swanson shares her vulnerabilities and fears: admitting to "helicopter parent" tendencies, she frets about her baby's soft spot, and panics at the thought of the bouncy house and a certain bike her son rides. In addition, she writes with candor about her (ultimately unfounded) doubts that she could love a second child as much as the first. Wearing her doctor hat (and partnering here with the AAP), Swanson devotes an entire section to defending immunizations; while recognizing parental concerns, she is a strong proponent of their use. She supports technology and encourages parents to seek information online, from reputable sources. Parents looking for current research as well as friendly advice will appreciate Swanson's centered approach to doctoring and parenting. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Part 1 Preventionp. 1
Infographic: Keeping Calm About Cryingp. 2
Introductionp. 5
1 Science of the Soft Spotp. 7
2 A Spoonful of Bacteria for Baby?p. 11
3 Mix and Match: Goldilocks Formulap. 15
4 Colic, Crying, and the Period of PURPLE Cryingp. 21
5 Reading a Growth Chartp. 29
6 100 Caloriesp. 33
7 Why Broad-spectrum Sunscreen?p. 37
8 Protecting Babies From the Sunp. 41
9 If It Were My Child: No Television in the Bedroomp. 43
10 What Does Television Do to My Kid's Brain?p. 47
11 What Your Child Watches on Television Mattersp. 49
12 Why No Television Before Bed Is Betterp. 55
13 Asking About Guns in Your Housep. 57
14 About Violent Video Gamesp. 61
15 Going Back to School Monday After Newtown Shootingsp. 65
16 Less Is More: Pinkeye, Fever, Ear Infections, Teething, and Computed Tomography Scansp. 69
17 Drowning: Quieter and Faster Than You Thinkp. 83
18 Why I Hate the Bouncy Housep. 85
19 Seven Truths About the "Stomach Flu"p. 89
20 New Bikep. 93
21 Helicopter: You Betchap. 97
22 Understanding Risks for Sudden Infant Death Syndromep. 99
23 Why I Hate Sleep Positionersp. 103
24 Two Is the New One: Rear-Facing Car Seats Until at Least Age 2p. 107
25 Can We Prioritize Sleep?p. 111
26 If It Were My Child: No Texting and Drivingp. 115
27 How Do Doctors Screen for Autism Spectrum Disorders?p. 119
28 When Not to Worry About Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 121
29 Five Ways to Avoid Cavitiesp. 123
30 Read the Most Devastating Articlep. 125
31 Prepare: Make a 3-Day Disaster Kitp. 129
32 What to Do About a Lice Infestationp. 135
Part 2 Social-Emotional Supportp. 141
Infographic: Social-Emotional Growthp. 142
Introductionp. 145
33 BPOD: Best Part of Dayp. 147
34 Helping Your Anxious Child: Blowing Colorsp. 149
35 Children With Gay Parentsp. 151
36 Love: Unequal and Incomparablep. 155
37 Mindful Parentingp. 157
38 Teasing Out Self-talk: Our Inner Criticp. 161
39 New Rule: Be Without a Ceilingp. 163
40 Learning to Lose?p. 165
41 Plan a Vacation, Starp. 167
42 Why the Pony Doesn't Winp. 169
43 Anything for a Napp. 171
44 Surviving Tantrums: The Anger Trapp. 175
45 Surviving Separation Anxietyp. 179
46 I Hope He Never Reads Itp. 183
47 The Saturday 8oxp. 185
48 Playp. 187
49 Soccer Momp. 193
50 Inspiring Generosity in Our Childrenp. 195
51 Miserable Preschool Drop-offsp. 199
52 No More "Clean Plate Club"p. 201
53 Digital Sabbatical and Digital Sabbathp. 203
54 Dr Googlep. 207
Part 3 Immunizationsp. 211
Infographic: What's the Real Story on Vaccines?p. 212
Introductionp. 215
55 Cocoon a Newborn: Only an E-mail Awayp. 223
56 What Is Whooping Cough? And What About the Tdap Shot?p. 225
57 Measles in Americap. 229
58 Do You Believe in Vaccines?p. 233
59 Pediatricians' Conditional Comfort With Alternative Vaccine Schedulesp. 249
60 Pediatricians Who Refuse Families Who Don't Immunizep. 255
61 Most Parents Avoid Alternative Vaccination Schedulesp. 257
62 The Injustice of Immunization Interviews: Vaccines on the Newsp. 261
63 Pile on the Paperwork: Vaccine Exemptionp. 265
64 Keep the Bookp. 269
65 Fear of Needlesp. 271
66 People Are Dying From the Flup. 275
67 Varicella Vaccine: It Worksp. 279
68 Hepatitis A: A Vaccine for Thatp. 283
69 Chickenpox Partiesp. 285
70 Don't Make Promises: Yearly Immunization Updatep. 289
71 Human Papillomavirusp. 295
Part 4 Work-Life Balance/Motheringp. 299
Infographic: Keeping the Balancep. 300
Introductionp. 303
72 Competitive Parentingp. 307
73 The Working Mom Wonders, "What Am I Doing?"p. 309
74 Only One Decisionp. 313
75 Doctor, Daughter, Mother, and Wife: 4 Cornersp. 315
76 She-Woman Wednesdayp. 317
77 Every Illness, a Love Storyp. 319
78 The Juggle: Working and Breastfeedingp. 321
79 Complex Problem: Raising a Childp. 325
80 Nothing I Learned in Medical School: On Parentingp. 327
81 Four Hours on a School Busp. 331
82 When Parenthood Exceeds Expectationsp. 335
83 "Having It All": Stumblingp. 337
84 The Tiger Momp. 341
85 "The Wife"p. 347
86 Magicp. 349
87 Open Letter to Marissa Mayerp. 351
88 One Mother's Day Giftp. 353
89 Getting It "Right": Birthdays in Mommylandp. 355
90 Tina Fey's Triannual Sob, the Mommy Wars, and a Trucep. 357
91 A Single Momentp. 359
92 I Love Being a Working Momp. 361
93 Baby Elephants and the Working Momp. 365
94 Time Magazine and the Mommy Middle Roadp. 369
Online Resources for Parentsp. 373
Indexp. 379