It was actually worse, if you can imagine, right after I gave birth. And I spent a TON of time calling the triage nurses on Friday nights or early morning for such things as:
-describing in detail Jacob’s circumcision and umbilical stump
-a pinpoint spot of red in his diaper
-that weird rash he just developed
-wondering if his feet were too sweaty
– a fever of 99.9
-crying when he wouldn’t let me give him his antibiotics with the syringe
-that weird rash he just developed
-the number to the CDC to ask about vaccinations conspiracies
-how much Tylenol to give him, because I didn’t believe what the bottle said
-wondering if I should change his poopy diaper before running him to the ER because he went head-first into the rounded corner of our wall and was bleeding from his nose and lip.
-wondering if he needed to go to the ER because he hit his head on the bed and split his forehead a tiny bit, even though it wasn’t bleeding…
-that weird rash he just developed…
Then I had Audrey and I was calling:
-because she was making funny sounds when she breathed
-because she had yet ANOTHER rash I had never seen on Jacob
-when she had a gookey eye and I wanted to know if breast milk would take it away like the internet said
-911 when Jacob fell on her and she then passed out in my arms
-Poison control because she swallowed a red berry
-because she ate our dog’s poop
-my friend and freaking out, while at the doc office, because Audrey puked up blood after being sick for two days and was admitted with the Rotovirus
And then of course:
-that whole ordeal with Jacob’s lump, which you can read about here.
Basically, I am no different than many moms who torture the nurses and freak out about anything that happens between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. If only, if only, I had had this book.
Lara Zibners, MD, wrote a book for moms just like me, or for women who are pregnant and getting ready to be a mom, but have no flippin’ clue what to expect. The book is called, “If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Ok“. Don’t think after reading it, though, that I let my kids sprinkle some salt on it and have it as a snack, but, if they did, I wouldn’t worry so much now…
Dr. Zibners is an emergency room pediatrician, and a former assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Mount Sinai, and she has seen it all. She writes in a light-hearted, humorous tone as she prepares you to use her book as a tool and unpacks your newborn baby, describing each part from head to toe, inside and out, and the “anomalies” that accompany baby, that often cause unnecessary freak-outs. She provides prevention strategies and also gives you guidance and assurance as you make decisions regarding those true “emergency” situations, and helps to prepare you for ER visits and medical exams/tests that might pop up. This is a great “how to respond” book for any stage of mommyhood, but man, an even GREATER gift for those women who have no idea what to expect! Here is the first paragraph of her introduction, a tiny taste of what to expect, should you WIN this fantastic book:
“Are you the kind of parent who panics every time your kid hits his head or wipes away a drop of snot? Or are you the parent handing a hemophiliac four-year-old a box cutter? Maybe you don’t actually have any kids and just like dropping fascinating tidbits of information at dinner parties. Whatever the case, this book has got something for you. What would happen if your child ate the decorative pebbles in the fish tank? Actually, probably nothing. But a teaspoon of what liquid lurking in your medicine cabinet could kill a room full of toddlers? How do you know if a kid is dehydrated or not? Sick with pneumonia or just a cold? Has appendicitis or just a belly ache?
This book is not about the basics of child care such as bathing, diapering, and feeding. There are many wonderful books out there that already cover these topics. Instead, this book is a regurgitation, if you will, of all the midnight conversations I’ve had with stressed out and anxious parents. As a pediatrician with specialized training in pediatric emergency medicine, I have experience in treating ill and injured kids. It’s what I love to do. However, somewhere along the way I started thinking, ‘Hey there should be a book about this.’ “
Yes, and had I had this book, I would have had two less ER visits, one less hospital admittance, avoided a disastrous CT scan, less nurses yelling at me, and a lot more sleep!