( By Dr. H.K.Bakhru )

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All children suffer from common illnesses. For the young parents, the young mother in particular, they can be the cause for great anxiety. This book will give them the necessary basic information they need to look after their child when he is unwell. Some of the illnesses described are mild and can be treated at home through natural methods. Others are more serious and will need a doctor’s attention.

The book is divided into 10 sections, each section dealing with disease in a particular category. The diseases described under each section are arranged on the basis of their frequency. Thus, diseases with higher incidence have been dealt with first and those with lesser incidence later. The procedure for various methods of treatment prescribed for various diseases in relevant chapters has been mentioned in the Appendix at the end of the book.

To avoid unnecessary complicated phraseology, the child is referred to as ‘he’ and ‘him’, throughout the book, with a few exceptions. The conditions described apply to girls also, unless otherwise stated.

I earnestly hope that young parents would find the contents of the book quite helpful when their children develop a specific disease. They will no doubt learn from the contents the usual course of the illness and the best way to relieve the symptoms in their children. It should also help them to decide whether a child’s symptoms are trivial or more serious, necessitating advice and treatment by a doctor. In case of any doubt, it would always be advisable to consult the doctor.

Any suggestions from the parents for improving the contents of the book would be most welcome and implemented in future edition, as far as possible.

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