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Last night as I was trying to put DD back to sleep for the umptienth(sp?) time, I stripped her down to see if she was upset for a reason other than teething. I found that something had bitten her on her tummy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , but saw no other signs of a reaction. It made me start to think, what would I do if she were to have an emergency such as an allergic reaction. And more important how would I know which symptoms equal what possibilities and what should I do for each of them? Also when would I decide to take her to the er?<br>
All these questions got me thinking that I need to better prepare myself. I have to CPR classes under me, but of course you tend to forget.<br>
Is there any great books, and especially quick reference manuals that anyone rec'ds? I would really like ones that are more holistic. I have Romms book:Natural Healing for Babies and Children and Mendehlson's too, but am looking for others.<br>
Thanks!!
 

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Great question, I was wondering this yesterday as well.<br><br>
I found this book on the Mothering Top 25 list and when I went to Amazon they had an adult verions for taking care of yourself. I ordered both yesterday. I will try to remember to come back and let you know if they are good or not when they arrive. I ordered the homeopathy book listed too.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/sections/book_reviews/classics-culture.html" target="_blank">Mothering's Top 25 Books</a><br><br>
Taking Care of Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Complete Medical Care(4th edition) by Robert H. Pantell, MD, James F. Fries, MD, and Donald M. Vickery, MD (Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993)<br><br><br>
I'm also curious to see what all the smart mamas have to say about this one.
 

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Well, this isn't a book but I've found the askdrsears.com site to be a good source when you're wondering if you should take your child to the ER, call the doctor in the morning, etc.
 

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Only go to the ED for stuff like excessive vomiting/blood loss (basically any excessive fluid loss), nasty gashes, 104+ fevers, difficulty breathing, chest pain, ie REAL emergency stuff. Emergency departments are far overcrowded because people go in for every little scrape or cough. If it can't wait til morning to call a doctor or go to stat care, get thee to the ED! (and I mean REALLY can't wait....all emotions aside)<br><br>
If it can wait until morning, even if it means some discomfort through the night (some vomiting, mild fever, itchies, etc) then ride it out and call the doctor or head to stat care in the morning.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Only go to the ED for stuff like excessive vomiting/blood loss (basically any excessive fluid loss), nasty gashes, 104+ fevers, difficulty breathing, chest pain, ie REAL emergency stuff. Emergency departments are far overcrowded because people go in for every little scrape or cough. If it can't wait til morning to call a doctor or go to stat care, get thee to the ED! (and I mean REALLY can't wait....all emotions aside)<br><br>
If it can wait until morning, even if it means some discomfort through the night (some vomiting, mild fever, itchies, etc) then ride it out and call the doctor or head to stat care in the morning.</div>
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Yeah that. We've been admitted twice to the hospital with DD2, both times I knew she needed to be in the hospital soon, but knew it wasn't life and death that second time of thing so we waited until the am. We went the pedi office first thing and did a direct admit from the pedi office to the pedi floor, much, much better then spending hours in the ER, and then getting to go up to pedi. That we get to deal with our docs instead of the ER docs, they called ahead and talked to the nurses and told them what we needed, like a bed for co-sleeping and etc... It made our life much easier.
 
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