’It is well written and structured systematically and clearly, perhaps a few detailed and colourful illustrations would assist however it reads easily and was informative.’
Title: Children’s Medicines. What Every Parent, Grandparent and Teacher Needs to Know.
Author: Edward A Bell
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Reviewer: Kim Shrieves, BSc (hons) Child Health Nursing, RN (Child), Band 7 Paediatric Nurse
What was it like?
This book focuses on the many decisions parents and other caregivers have to make regarding prescription medicine, over the counter medicine or alternative medicine available for children or perhaps children with a chronic illness. It provides information and insights in a concise and informative way that will support obtaining the knowledge required and skills needed to more comfortable in making decisions on the role and use of medicines for your children. Particularly since there is a vast amount of conflicting information available.
The content, including comprehensive information required by parents, carers and others who look after children, is well structured and flows nicely. It contains information on weighing the risk and benefits of medicines, practical tips on measuring, preparing and administering medicines, chapters on ADHD and the treatment of adolescent depression. It also contain facts around immunisation, effectiveness and safety, complementary therapies, over the counter cough and cold medicines and information about drug pricing, expiration and storing at home.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of this text is that it discusses our responsibilities as parents and carers to make the most appropriate use of paediatric drug products to improve our children’s health and includes practical points relating to questions to ask pharmacists and doctors prior to and during medication use. Additionally, it presents tips and recommendations to assist with selecting, obtaining and administering the most appropriate and effective medicine.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Despite the above points being positive, its main and major drawback is for UK readers since it is American and therefore many tips provided such as how particular drugs are labelled, for safety reasons I wouldn’t want to recommend it to families here as some information given would be misleading and contradictory with potential for harm.
It is well written and structured systematically and clearly, perhaps a few detailed and colourful illustrations would assist however it reads easily and was informative.
Who should read it?
It would have been recommended to any family as a reliable reference guide providing much insight, sound practical advice and reassurances from an expert pharmacist, however, I would feel uneasy recommending it to families in UK due to subtle but significant differences. It would only be with some professional insight that readers would be able to spot the potentially dangerous differences those parts universal to all families.