For a child with arthritis or a related condition, lack of
knowledge on the part of the parents is one of the biggest
obstacles to recovery. Parents do not always know how to interpret
the complaints voiced by their children and this is compounded by
the inexperience of physicians, who rarely treat children with
these ailments. In this marvelously down-to-earth guide, Dr. Thomas
Lehman, the head of one of the leading paediatric rheumatology
programs in the world, offers a gold mine of expert advice that is
invaluable both for parents whose children have rheumatic disorders
and for parents of children with complaints, discomfort, or
disability who are not getting the answers they need from their
physician. Using simple analogies and illustrative anecdotes to
illuminate hard-to-grasp concepts, Dr. Lehman helps parents
interpret their child's complaints and to determine whether medical
attention is needed. Even more important, the book explains to
parents how to follow through with a physician and make sure their
child receives the appropriate tests, the proper diagnosis, and
ultimately, the best care possible.The book explains to parents
what symptoms to look for, what questions to ask, and what to
expect when treatment begins. It sheds light on a wide range of
rheumatic disorders, including Juvenile Arthritis, Lyme Disease,
Lupus, Kawasaki Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, and it addresses such crucial topics as drug safety, the
potential risks to children posed by medications, health insurance
problems, the difficulty of family life when a child has a chronic
disease, and much more. The only book on this subject currently
available, A Parent's Guide to Rheumatic Diseases in Children
captures the expertise of a dedicated physician with over thirty
years of hands-on experience helping children lead normal happy
lives. It will help you to ensure that your child achieves the best
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