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My Child Is Sick!

Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries

Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP

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Head or Brain Symptoms
Head Injury

Eye Symptoms
Eye - Allergy
Eye - Pus or Discharge
Eye - Red Without Pus

Ear Symptoms
Ear - Discharge
Ear - Pulling At or Itchy
Ear Infection Questions

Nose Symptoms
Colds: Are Cold Medicines Needed?
Colds: Are Antibiotics Needed?
Hay Fever (Nasal Allergy)
Sinus Pain or Congestion

Throat Symptoms
Lymph Nodes – Swollen
Mouth Injury
Sore Throat
Strep Throat Exposure

Chest or Breathing Symptoms
Asthma Attack

Abdomen Symptoms
Abdominal Pain
Vomiting with Diarrhea
Vomiting without Diarrhea

Genital or Urinary Symptoms
Urination Pain
Vaginal Itching or Irritation

Arm or Leg Symptoms
Arm Injury
Arm Pain
Leg Injury
Leg Pain

Skin - Localized Symptoms
Cuts (Skin Injury)
Immunization Reactions
Puncture Wound
Rash or Redness (Localized) –Cause Unknown
Skin Foreign Body (Splinters)
Skin - Widespread Symptoms
Rash (Widespread) - Cause Unknown
Bites / Stings
Animal Bite
Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting
Insect Bite
Mosquito Bite
Tick Bite

Fever Symptoms
Fever: Facts versus Myths
Fever: How to Take the Temperature

Infection Exposure Chart

Drug Dosage Tables



Este libro está disponible solamente en inglés.

For many parents, treating a sick or injured child can be a daunting experience. In some cases, it's difficult to know whether a call or visit to the pediatrician is necessary or not. My Child Is Sick will help parents make the right decision.


This quick reference guide is based on Pediatric Telephone Protocols, the clinical guidelines used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the U.S. and Canada. These guidelines have been tested for 15 years on more than 150 million phone calls.


Inside this practical guide, parents will find:

  • Straightforward information on the most common illnesses and injuries of childhood
  • Decision charts to help care givers determine when to call  the doctor and when it’s safe to treat symptoms at home, as well as descriptions of which symptoms are normal during the course of an illness or recovery from an injury and which are cause for concern.
  • Specific timeframe guidelines as to when to call  the doctor or 911. 
  • In-depth advice for treating symptoms at home, taking the guesswork out of how to make little ones feel better.
  • Drug dosage charts for the most commonly used non-prescription medicines.

With My Child is Sick at their fingertips, parents will never again have to worry about whether they’ve made the right decision about their child’s illness or injury. 


"An immensely helpful medical guide that won’t just sit on the shelf. When a child coughs repeatedly in the middle of the night, parents agonize over whether or not to take him/her to the ER. Schmitt (Pediatrics/Univ. of Colorado; Pediatric Telephone Protocols, 2010, etc.), a board-certified pediatrician for more 40 years and the creator of the first self-triage iPhone app, makes the decision easier with this far-ranging reference volume for the most common childhood illnesses and injuries. Packed with peer-reviewed information used by doctors and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 medical call centers in the United States and Canada, the book contains plain-spoken advice and bulleted, boldfaced keywords for a quickly navigable process. First, determine a child’s major symptom and flip to “Definition” in the corresponding chapter; if symptoms do not fit, readers are encouraged to plumb the “See More Appropriate Topic” suggestions. Parents will be particularly drawn to the “When To Call Your Doctor” feature, which helps ascertain whether dialing 911 is necessary, or if parents can hold off calling a physician for 24 hours or longer, as well as the “Home Care Advice” section, which provides instructions on how to treat minor ailments with a standard first-aid kit. Above all, Schmitt urges common sense. The author also includes a list of “not to miss” symptoms along with myth-busting facts about fever, understandable drug dosage tables and age-appropriate ideas for pain relief, such as olive oil for ear aches if a child has no holes or tubes in the eardrum. An excellent resource that will help all parents rest a little easier at night."
Kirkus magazine, July 2011
"Though the text is packed with information, parents can pick and choose which chapter applies to their child's particular situation. ...those desiring concise, practical guidance will appreciate the straightforward nature of this no-nonsense resource."
Publishers Weekly, July 2011

Every parent will benefit from having Dr Schmitt’s book handy. His advice is clear, succinct, and easily understandable and he gives parents confidence in their own common sense. Dr Schmitt guides parents like a skilled riverboat pilot who knows all the shoals and dangers of the river but makes navigating seem effortless.

Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP
Director, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and The Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair Holder in General Pediatrics

When it comes to getting trustworthy, expert advice on how best to manage children’s illnesses or injuries, I can think of no one better than Dr Barton Schmitt to turn to. Drawing from his vast knowledge and pediatric wisdom, Dr Schmitt has now made even more readily available the information that every parent wants and needs—from when to call the doctor to when to breathe a sigh of relief. Every parent would be wise to have a copy of My Child Is Sick! close at hand.

Laura Jana, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician, coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, and American Academy of Pediatrics media spokesperson 

 My Child Is Sick! is a must-have for every parent, new or seasoned. Dr Schmitt’s long-trusted content is written in a format that is easy to understand and answers many questions all parents have. This valuable resource empowers the parent to be an integral part of the health care team.

Suzanne Wells, BSN, RN
Manager, Answer Line, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and 2011–2012 President-Elect for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

Dr Schmitt has done it again! His newest book, My Child Is Sick! continues Dr Schmitt’s tradition of creating a logical approach to pediatric care both for parents and clinicians. His various books, including Your Child’s Health, Pediatric Telephone Protocols, and now My Child Is Sick! and his smartphone and Web application Child Symptom Checker, all demonstrate why Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP, has had more influence on the practical practice of pediatrics than any other pediatrician. His experience enhances the health of millions of children across the globe, comforts countless parents, and makes the practice of pediatrics easier for us all. My Child Is Sick! is a wonderful, simple, focused resource for every family library.

Andrew Hertz, MD, FAAP
Chairperson, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care, and Medical Director, Rainbow Call Center

Sobre el autor

Barton Schmitt, MD, FAAP

Dr. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, es un profesor de pediatría en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Colorado y director médico del Centro de Llamadas Fuera de Horas del Hospital Infantil en Aurora, Colorado.

El Dr. Schmitt es el autor de El protocolo para llamadas de pediatría: la versión de horas de oficina (edición 12 de 2009), publicada por la American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), y de La salud de su niño (Libros de Bantam).

El Dr. Schmitt ha recibido varios premios, incluyendo el premio, C. Anderson Aldrich por sus contribuciones al desarrollo del niño, y el premio de educación por sus contribuciones a la educación pediátrica, ambos premios de la AAP.

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