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ABC of the First Year, 6th Edition

Bernard Valman, Roslyn Thomas

ISBN: 978-1-444-31243-0 April 2009 BMJ Books 136 Pages


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.

Preface to the Sixth Edition vi

Foreword to the First Edition vii

Acknowledgements viii

1 Prenatal Assessment 1

2 Resuscitation of the Newborn 5

3 Infants of Low Birthweight 12

4 Breathing Diffi culties in the Newborn 16

5 Birth Trauma 22

6 Some Congenital Abnormalities 25

7 Routine Examination of the Newborn 28

8 Dislocated and Dislocatable Hip in the Newborn 39

9 Infection in the Newborn 43

10 Jaundice in the Newborn 50

11 Convulsions in the Newborn 54

12 Vomiting 57

13 Diarrhoea 61

14 Mother–Infant Attachment 64

15 Growth and Growth Charts 68

16 Feeding and Feeding Problems 73

17 Failure to Thrive 78

18 Weaning 82

19 Review at Six Weeks 87

20 Review at Eight Months 94

21 Respiratory Infections in the Older Infant 97

22 Fever in the Older Infant 105

23 Convulsions in the Older Infant 109

24 Crying Babies and Sleep Problems 114

25 Non-accidental Injury 120

26 Selected Drugs 121

Index 123

"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)
  • 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