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ABC of the First Year, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4443-1243-0
136 pages
April 2009, BMJ Books
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This well-established book gives clear guidance on normal development and how to diagnose and manage illness in newborn infants and babies.

The sixth edition of the ABC of the First Year has been fully revised and updated to reflect the introduction of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines, the reduction in universal screening and the increasing care of the newborn provided by family practitioners and midwives. There are new sections on the recognition and prevention of obesity, which is an increasing problem. The reduction in universal screening has resulted in parents requesting advice about their child's development at a variety of ages. A Development Chart shows the age-related normal range in different abilities and activities and will enable family doctors, at a glance, to determine whether a parent should be reassured that an infant is normal or needs further assessment.

The inclusion of useful links and addresses of resources and organisations helps make the new edition of the ABC of the First Year an invaluable resource for GPs, midwives, paediatric nurses, health visitors and medical students, and an ideal companion to Bernard Valman's ABC of One to Seven.
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Preface to the sixth edition.

Foreword to the first edition.

Acknowledgements.

1 Prenatal assessment.

2 Resuscitation of the newborn.

3 Infants of low birthweight.

4 Breathing difficulties in the newborn.

5 Birth trauma.

6 Some congenital abnormalities.

7 Routine examination of the newborn.

8 Dislocated and dislocatable hip in the newborn.

9 Infection in the newborn.

10 Jaundice in the newborn.

11 Convulsions in the newborn.

12 Vomiting.

13 Diarrhoea.

14 Mother-infant attachment.

15 Growth and growth charts.

16 Feeding and feeding problems.

17 Failure to thrive.

18 Weaning.

19 Review at six weeks.

20 Review at eight months.

21 Respiratory infections in the older infant.

22 Fever in the older infant.

23 Convulsions in the older infant.

24 Crying babies and sleep problems.

25 Non-accidental injury.

26 Selected Drugs.

Index

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Bernard Valman, Consultant Paediatrician, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, UK

Roslyn Thomas, Consultant Paediatrician, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, UK

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  • Includes new sections on recognition and prevention of obesity in weaning, and good weaning practices
  • Helps practitioners answer parents’ and carers’ questions about what’s ‘normal’ and what’s a concern
  • Includes a Development Chart (up to 2 years of age) showing the normal range and different cut-offs, in different abilities or activities
  • Features recommendations that conform to the latest NICE guidelines
  • Includes useful links and addresses such as patient resources and organisations
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    "A concise and illustrated text of assessment, diagnosis and approaches to healthy and diseased babies. For medical students and  nurses." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, April 2010)

    "The structure of the book is reader-friendly with clear objectives for each chapter and summary boxes enabling the reader to navigate very easily and have quick access to the needed information. The figures and diagrams are clear, optimal and appropriate to the contents. They are very illustrative and many of them could be used when counseling or giving explanations to parents." (SQU Medical Journal, April 2010)“This well-established book gives clear guidance on normal development and how to diagnose and manage illness in newborn infants and babies.” (Doody's Reviews, June 2009)
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