Monday, July 14, 2014

Starting Tuesday, July 15th Dr. Shelly Flais' newest book "The Big Book of Symptoms" will be available in bookstores.

Tune into Good Day Chicago on the Fox network this Thursday July 17th at 8:45 am to hear Dr. Flais discuss the book.

 Click here to watch:   Dr. Flais on Fox News

We congratulate Dr. Shelly Flais on her new book “The Big Book of Symptoms” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Some highlights from the book:

What is the purpose of the book and why is it something every parent should have available to refer to?                                
I am proud to have served as co-editor of "The Big Book of Symptoms" from the American Academy of Pediatrics; it is a reference book that every household will find useful. The book is divided into three sections by age – young infants, older babies and children, and adolescents. Parents can look up specific concerns or issues in alphabetical order according to the age group of the child. Each section has general advice relating to that particular symptom, as well as common causes and information on when to seek further evaluation from your pediatrician.

What kind of symptoms parents should be more concerned about?
Certainly fever is at the top of most parents' lists. In a child older than 3 months of age who is generally healthy, parents should remember that fever is a sign of a healthy, functioning immune system. The fever in and of itself is not dangerous – the goal of bringing the temperature down is to help the child feel more comfortable so they can sleep and drink better. If your child has fever over 101 for more than 48 hours, or there are associated symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or a new rash, parents should call to have their child evaluated by the pediatrician. Infrequently, some children are prone to febrile seizures, and those are children who should have acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand; that being said, for most children, fevers are a healthy immune response.

 Are there more symptoms that parents are particularly concerned about?
"The Big Book of Symptoms" covers ear pain, stomachaches, headaches, growing pains, and more. As a parent, you know your child best, and if it any point your gut is telling you that something is wrong, absolutely check with your pediatricians at PHA.

How long should a parent wait to bring their 12 month old who seems sick to the doctor?   What should a parent look for?
In general, if your one-year-old is playful, acting like his/her usual self, drinking and eating well, as well as sleeping well, parents should be reassured. If he or she has fever over 101 for more than 48 hours, a new rash, or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, or any other concern, give us a call at Pediatric Health Associates.

You have four children of your own and a busy practice…how do you keep your equilibrium?                         
I am fortunate to be married to a spouse who believes in teamwork. My experience helping families with Pediatric Health Associates definitely impacted my contribution to this book about symptoms. Both as a mom and working with our wonderful families, I am aware of what parents' real concerns are, and how to address those concerns.

In terms of balance, my kids keep me laughing, which definitely helps! Daily walks and exercise, as well as a proper night's sleep, helps juggle all of the above. I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with the American Academy of Pediatrics once again.

~~Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD

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