From the Authors of
Body Signs: From Warning Signs to False Alarms . . . How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective

Like most parents, you probably notice − and often worry about − every little change in your growing baby. Why is one of his pupils bigger than the other? What’s that bald spot on her head? Why is he walking on tippy toes? Drawn from the latest research and reviewed by a panel of pediatricians and other medical experts, Baby Body Signs answers these and other troubling questions.

  Baby Body Signs explains how parents and other caregivers can use their 5 senses to find clues to a baby’s state of health by:
Looking at a baby’s head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, torso, genitals, and body wastes
Listening to a baby’s breathing and stomach sounds
Feeling a baby skin or heartbeat.
Smelling a baby’s breath and body wastes
• And even tasting a baby’s skin

“Just as traffic signs provide drivers with important information about the road ahead, Baby Body Signs helps steer parents toward better understanding of what may be happening inside based on the body signs they see on the outside. With the knowledge gained from Baby Body Signs, parents - guided and supported by their pediatrician - will be better able to love their baby into being healthy.”
- Dr. Woodie Kessel, former Assistant U.S. Surgeon General (from the Baby Body Signs Foreword)

Baby Body Signs focuses on babies from birth through the toddler years. The 10 chapters cover a baby from head to toe − and everything in between − including a baby’s head and neck; hair and scalp; eyes; ears; nose; mouth, tongue, and teeth; torso and limbs; skin; genitals; and body wastes.

Some signs it covers that may − or may not − mean trouble include:

 
• Flattened head
• Double eyelashes
• Dimpled ears
• Heart-shaped tongue
• Crooked penis
• Vaginal tags
• Orange pee
• Green poop

Baby Body Signs is filled with historical and other fascinating facts and quotes about babies, as well as important healthy signs, warning signs, and danger signs. This indispensable book will help you decide when to call the pediatrician and when to relax and stop worrying. You’ll want to keep close at hand throughout your baby’s infancy and toddler years.

Dr. Joan Liebmann-Smith is a medical sociologist and award-winning medical writer specializing in women and children’s health. She is a member of the advisory board of Healthy Children Healthy Futures. Jacqueline Nardi Egan is a medical journalist who specializes in developing and writing educational programs with and for physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and consumers. Liebmann-Smith and Egan have co-authored three previous books − Body Signs (Bantam, 2008); The Unofficial Guide to Getting Pregnant (Wiley, 2005); and The Unofficial Guide to Overcoming Infertility (Macmillan, 1999).