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Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro, MD
Published by World Scientific Publishing Company
Pages: 260
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Publishers Summmary:

At some point during childhood, 80 to 90% of all children have a breathing problem. ‘Take a Deep Breath’ is a comprehensive, accessible, and indispensible guide for parents, caregivers, teachers, and healthcare providers on the subject of children’s breathing issues.

From the uppermost part of the airway — the nose, to the lowermost part — the lungs, Dr Nina Shapiro explains which problems are truly worrisome, and which are actually normal stages in a child’s growth. ‘Take a Deep Breath’ will enable you to do just that, take a deep breath, and get a better, clearer understanding of what’s going on when a child breathes in and out.

Parents often find themselves with many more questions than they originally anticipated prior to a child’s birth. There are most likely very few parents who anticipated an infant with pneumonia and fewer were probably curious about whether their child at age one would snore as loud as their grandfather. Some of these situations are obviously much more severe than others, but determining when to take action and when to wait it out can sometimes be the most difficult question. A parent’s number one source of information and advice is always their child’s pediatrician, but who couldn’t use a “go-to” manual? Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro, MD is the premier guide book for parents looking to “clear the air” for their little one as well as themselves.

Initially I agreed to review Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro because of our own family’s struggle with breathing problems with my son. What I didn’t expect was how wonderful a resource it would turn out to be. There were many points that Dr. Shapiro explains that we encountered during my son’s infancy that we never considered simply because we felt he wasn’t in any urgent distress. That’s not to say we simply let him suffer through most of his first year, but had we known that using Afrin coupled with Saline drops could have relieved his allergy symptoms we would have jumped to use it. This isn’t the only point, but now that he’s older and suffers with severe allergy problems we will now be seeking out specific allergy testing that I wasn’t aware was available until now. It also became clear to me that this would make an excellent gift to the parents of the new nephews we’re welcoming into our family.

One of the aspects of Take a Deep Breath that enjoyed the most was the wrap up at the end of each chapter. Dr. Shapiro breaks it down into summaries titled: “The Big Picture”, “Don’t Worry”, “Worry” and a “To-Do List”. These are so unbelievably helpful because, as it is with our own pediatrician, it can sometimes be difficult to get an appointment. There have been times I’ve “pushed” my way into an appointment only to discover that my daughter merely had a virus and ended up being better a day later. That’s not to say the book will resolve all of a parents concerns and you’ll never need to see a pediatrician again, but as a parent sometimes you just need a little bit of reassurance from an intelligent and reliable source to give you the peace of mind for the “waiting period”.

Also, I shouldn’t fail to mention Nina’s humor. Sometimes in medically based books it starts to read like a text book. For me personally, I don’t feel the need to take a walk down college year’s memory lane. Reading the sections in Take a Deep Breath were truly refreshing. Nina is not only a doctor with all the skills and education that comes with that title, but she’s a human being with a wonderful sense of humor. She’s obviously seen it all in her many years of practice and can find the humor in a two year old shoving a pea up her nose because it seems just like another “pocket” to put things in. I couldn’t help cracking up through this section because I’ve been there. My daughter has been found numerous times with little balls of cereal in each nostril. It simply doesn’t matter how watchful we are or how many times we’ve told her not to do it, she still loves sticking things in those tiny convenient holes. What was great though was to know the main danger rests in what she puts up there and never to joke around if she manages to stick a battery up there.

Respiratory and breathing issues in children is something most parents can’t avoid, but luckily Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro, MD is the perfect go-to manual for parents looking for answers and reassurance. This is definitely a book I’d recommend to new parents as well as potential grandparents who may be spending any amount of time with young children. Nina Shapiro covers an extensive list of symptoms and issues, including CPR techniques, that sometimes may go overlooked and could easily provide not only your child with relief but yourself as well. Though our children are now almost ages three and five I still found a great deal of comfort as well as potential solutions to some of their respiratory issues that I’ll be seeking out in the near future with our own pediatrician. Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child by Nina L. Shapiro, MD is by no means a replacement for your child’s pediatrician but in a parent’s life when sometimes you need to seek out answers and find comfort on your own this is the go-to book for child respiratory issues!

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Thank you so much to the author, Nina L. Shapiro, MD, for providing a copy of this book for review and giveaway! Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook!
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10 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Take a Deep Breath by Nina L. Shapiro

  1. This sounds excellent. If my little one every develops any breathing issues I will pick it up.

    • Nina Shapiro says:

      Thanks so much! Hopefully your child will never have ANY breathing issues, but Take a Deep Breath can give you some great tips if he or she does. It also has a lot of info on ‘normal’ breathing issues, specifically food and toy safety (choking prevention/treatment), safe sleeping for babies and older kids, and illness prevention. Take care, and thanks for your comment! Nina

  2. Tracey says:

    This post is really excellent and useful tips…Thanks for sharing this to us..

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  4. Nedra Whittemore says:

    Thanks for posting and reviewing this book. I have 3 grandsons who all have mild to semi severe asthma. This is one book I will definitely be buying for both my daughters.

    Have a great day!

    • Nina Shapiro says:

      Thank you, Nedra. Asthma is such a tough condtion, and unfortunately, it’s so common in younger and younger kids these days. I hope that “Take a Deep Breath” provides some relief and help for your daughters and grandsons. Best, Nina

  5. Zinedine says:

    Really 80 to 90% ??

    Hmm then me and my sisters must have been lucky.We got nothing at all. But not even any little dudes and dudettes that i came across..

    Maybe those 80-90% refers to small breathing problems ?

  6. I’m so glad you found this to be a great resource for your family! As the parent of a child with asthma, I definitely want to check this one out. Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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