- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 27, 2000


"Caring for Your School-age Child Ages 5 to 12," by Dr. Edward L. Schor, Broadway Books, 1999. This book, edited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has medical advice as well as tips on social issues such as dealing with bullies, death, drugs and divorce.

• "The American Academy of Pediatrics' Guide to Your Child's Symptoms: The Official, Complete Home Reference, Birth Through Adolescence," by Dr. Donald Schiff and Dr. Steven P. Shelov, Villard Books, 1997. This book is considered the pediatric first-aid manual, with advice on how to deal with emergencies and illness.

• "Your Child's Health: The Parents' Guide to Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior and School Problems," by Dr. Barton Schmitt, Bantam Books, 1991. This is a good reference book on health and social concerns.


• The American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60007. Phone: 847/434-4000. Web site: www.aap.org. This professional organization has guidelines on what should be done at each physical, as well as for sports physicals and immunizations.

On line

• The Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to children's health, sponsors a Web site called KidsHealth (http://kidshealth.org). The site features a guide of general health information, including finding a pediatrician and surviving adolescence.

• The American Medical Association and the Nemours Foundation have a site (www.ama-assn.org/kidshealth) with a consumer-friendly section devoted to children's health and development.

• At Pedsnet's Web site (www.pedsnet.org), a group of pediatricians posts advice and articles on children's health.

Tips for parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for making a smooth transition into the start of the school year:

• Is your child registered? What time does school start?

• How is your child going to get to school? If by bicycle, does he know the school rules for bicycles?

• What time is lunch? Can your child buy it at school? How much will it cost? Will he need a snack?

• What clothes will your child wear? Are there any restrictions on what can be worn? Will she need other clothes for gym or art classes?

• Have you filled out health and emergency contact forms?

• Have any health problems developed over the summer that the school nurse should know about?

• Have arrangements been made if your child needs to take medication at school?



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