What Can a Parent Do when a Child Suffers Terribly from Allergies? There is a lot you can do to help, according to leading allergy researcher M. Eric Gershwin, MD, and psychologist Edwin L. Klingelhofer, PhD. Drawing not only on their professional knowledge, but on their daily experiences with their own and their children's severe allergies, Drs. Gershwin and Klingelhofer present an easy-to-understand A-Z guide to effective home treatment of children's allergies. Their comprehensive book contains all the latest information and advice you need to effectively manage your child's symptoms, and to help him or her understand and control their own allergies. Here you will find in simple, jargon-free language the best and most up-to-date counsel on how to deal effectively with asthma, hay fever, eczema, food allergies, contact dermatitis, hives, headaches, rhinitis, latex allergies, and more. For each allergy, Drs. Gershwin and Klingelhofer fully describe and discuss how it is treated, the strategies for its avoidance, its risks and consequences, and also debunk the prevailing myths. Concerned parents will learn how to identify their child's allergic symptoms, how to distinguish these from nonallergic symptoms, and what to do about them. They will also find out what tell-tale signs to look for, which symptoms of allergic disease require immediate attention, and what they can do to survive under managed care. Numerous step-by-step treatment charts lead them to the correct decision about the next step to take. If your child suffers from allergies and you want to know more about these often cruel afflictions-and what can be done to avoid or treat them-Taking Charge of Your Child's Allergies is just what your doctor would order! M. Eric Gershwin, MD is Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology at the University of California Medical School, University of California, Davis. Dr. Gershwin has worked as a clinical allergist and is currently involved in clinical research and practice. Edwin L. Klingelhofer, PhD is a counselor and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento Dr. Gershwin and Dr. Klingelhofer have written many books and articles, both as a team and individually. Together they wrote the much praised Living Allergy Free (Humana, 1992). Dr. Gershwin is author of Diseases of the Sinuses (Humana, 1996). Dr. Klingelhofer is author of Coping with Your Grown Children (Humana, 1989)
What Are Allergies, Why Do Children Have Them, How Can I Be Sure My Child Is Really Allergic, And How Best Can I Cope? -- Why Our Child? -- How To Know Whether Your Child Is Allergic -- GuidingYour Allergic Child into the Mainstream -- What Are Allergies' Triggers and How Can I Avoid or Control Them Effectively? -- Food and Food Additives -- Colds and Respiratory Infections -- Airborne Allergens -- Weather, Climate, and Exercise -- The Common Allergic Diseases, Why Children Develop Them, and The Steps You, The Parent, Can Take To Diagnose, Treat, Control, and Avoid Their Symptoms -- Skin Irritants -- Insect Stings or Bites -- Gastrointestinal Complaints (Colic, Constipation, Diarrhea, and Stomachache) -- Asthma (Wheezing and Shortness of Breath) -- Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Runny Nose) -- Eczema and Dry Skin -- Hives -- Itchy Eyes -- Earache -- Plant (Poison Oak or Ivy) and Other Causes of Contact Dermatitis -- General Health Problems: Their Special Importance In Children With Allergies -- Headache -- Fever -- Coughs and Colds -- Other Allergic and Pseudo-Allergic Complaints -- Getting the Best, Most Effective Long-Term Care for Your Allergic Child -- Looking After Your Allergic Child -- Pitfalls to Avoid in Treatment -- Vaccines, Immunization, and Viruses -- The Long Haul: What Happens to Children with Allergies?