A handy guide for every new mum or mum to
I chanced up on an old edition of Dr. R. K Anand’s book ‘Guide to Child Care’ when browsing at a book fair and was amazed to find a wealth of information packed in. It is almost like Dr. Spock with Indian sensibilities.
Questions that are answered range from ‘Is there a right age to have a baby?’, ‘What can I do when my baby cries?’, ‘Can a working mother successfully breastfeed?’, ‘How helpful is a joint family in bringing up children?’ to ‘Is my child ready for toilet-training?’, ‘Are vaccines safe?’, ‘When is the right age for sex education?’ and even ‘How should we handle our teenager?’
In my attempt to find the book at a book store for a friend, I discovered that this definitive guide on pregnancy and child rearing from infancy to adolescence is in fact a best seller. The book combines knowledge of traditional Indian practices with latest medical development in child care. It even has a step by step diagram assisted guide to tie a wrapper / swaddle the baby and home cure remedies for various common ailments.
Sure, the book cannot be used as a substitute for a doctor but it is useful to turn to for answers to silly questions you may feel you don’t want to specifically call the paediatrician to ask about.
Dr. R.K. Anand’s Guide to Child Care is available at all leading book stores for Rs. 395/-.