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THE SHORT CHILD: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO THE CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND TREATMENT OF GROWTH PROBLEMS
PAUL KAPLOWITZ, MD PHD & JEFFREY BARON MD
ISBN # 0-446-69652-8
June 2006
Warner Wellness, Warner Books
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Trade Paperback
$14.95
256 pages
Home & Family/Family/Child Care/Relationships/Health & Beauty/Medical/Nursing/Home Care
Rating: 4 Cups

People come in many shapes and sizes, but when children seem to be growing slower than they should be, it can cause quite a bit of concern. This book is aimed at alleviating some of the stress that goes along with that concern. Two pediatric endocrinologists give a comprehensive overview of growth problems and how they are treated.

All the bases are covered in this book. The explanation of normal growth patterns can help parents to understand whether their child really does have a growth issue or not. Some children are just not going to be tall. Genetic predispositions towards height are explained in a way that is concise and informative. The importance of good nutrition and a child's overall health condition are stressed.

Many causes of short stature are featured here so that parents may understand the effects these conditions can have on their children. The physical, social, and psychological impact on the emotional well being of the child can be a concern, and is also discussed in detail. How children are assessed and the treatments that are available for growth deficiencies are also an important part of this book.

Parents who have a concern about their child's height should find this interesting volume very valuable. There are places in the book where technical language is used that may be a bit difficult for some individuals to understand. However, most of the book is written so that anyone should be able to use the information effectively. Medical staff may also find this book useful when attempting to explain stature related issues to families. If you are concerned about the growth of your child, then this is the book for you.

Susan White
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