Guide to child care
B. ARAVIND KUMAR
UNGAL KUZHANDHAI: R.K. Anand; Translated by Ravigopal; Vikatan Publications; 757, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002. Rs. 200.
IN JOINT families, parenting is a relatively easy, simple, and stress-free task. In a nuclear family, on the other hand, it becomes quite a daunting responsibility; or at least it is perceived to be so. In this book, R.K. Anand, a paediatrician of repute, presents — in the form of snippets and capsules — valuable guidelines on child care that bears the stamp of his expertise and long professional experience.
The first of the two parts in the book deals with parenting per se. On the basis of scientific evidence, Anand argues that the ideal age for becoming a mother is 23-27. Practical hints on planning for the child and the dos and don'ts for the expectant mother and the husband — for example, what food to be taken; the need for exercise and relaxation; the importance of taking folic acid tablets; and the benefits of counselling — are provided.
There are useful tables on monitoring the growth of the child and tips on breast-feeding, vaccination, child behaviour, et al. The core message is that parents should spend time with their children and be caring.
Childhood diseases from A to Z are discussed in the second part, the idea being to enable the parents to react in an informed way, without panicking.
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