Mommy Calls

The new must-have resource for parents of children up to age three! Small enough to fit in a diaper bag, but big on straight-forward, medically-sound advice delivered in the warm, funny and straightforward style that has made author Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, a favorite on NBC’s Today show.

Beginning in her residency and continuing throughout her years in practice, Dr. Altmann has kept track of the various questions asked by new and experienced parents. Mommy Calls represents what she considers to be the top 101 most common questions parents ask their pediatrician. Sample questions include:

  • – How can I be sure that my newborn is getting enough to eat?
  • – What should I do if I think my child swallowed a coin?
  • – Should I worry that my child has a fever after getting his shots today?
  • – She feels better – is it safe to play with other children now?
  • – Does his cut need stitches?
  • – And most importantly: How do I know when to call the pediatrician?

Organized by category and age group, Mommy Calls is filled with clever tips and fun facts, along with Pediatric Points designed to quickly and clearly communicate important AAP recommendations in easy-to-understand language.

Topics include

  • – Basic Baby Care
  • – Breastfeeding
  • – Formula Feeding
  • – Solids, Milk, and Other Feeding Issues
  • – Pooping
  • – Stomachaches and Vomiting
  • – Fever
  • – Illnesses
  • – Skin
  • – Ingestions, Injuries, and First Aid
  • – Growing Up
  • – Sleep

2008 i-Parenting Award Winner
2008 Midwest Book Award Winner

Mommy Calls was created by Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, and Michelle L. Shuffett, MD.

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What People Are Saying

“To call or not to call,” that is the question many parents ponder. When you know you don’t have to call 911 but are not sure if your child’s rash, cold, sleep, or eating habits need attention, Dr. Tanya’s friendly answers come to the rescue! This book is a must-have for every parent’s diaper bag or nightstand!

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, co-author of Food Fights and Heading Home with Your Newborn

Experienced pediatricians are worth their weight in gold; and Dr. Tanya’s book proves that point. The questions she answers are the most frequently asked and her answers are straightforward, knowledgeable and easy to read at the same time. Parents will find comfort knowing her sage advice is close at hand.

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, FAAP, Editor-in-Chief, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5

Mommy Calls is a handy little book filled with nuggets of wisdom that are practical, clear and to the point!

— Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, creator of the DVD/book, The Happiest Baby on the Block

Mommy Calls is just what the doctor ordered! In her relaxed, reassuring manner, and laced with gentle humor, Dr. Tanya Remer Altman answers the typical questions that confound and even worry many parents of very young children. This book will bring peace of mind and a sigh of relief as a must have resource for all first time parents. I look forward to keeping it on my shelf for use with clients and maybe with my own grandchildren some day.

— Betsy Brown Braun, child development specialist, and author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents

Mommy Calls is like having a pediatrician available 24/7 to answer your questions. Dr. Tanya covers every topic a new parent could possibly need to know about. Her friendly informative style makes reading Mommy Calls a joy. Every parent should have this book close by at all times.

— Dr. Jenn Berman, marriage, family and child therapist, and author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids

Easy-to-read and organized by category, Mommy Calls answers the many questions that you have as a parent, but may think are too trivial to call the pediatrician with. It’s like having a pediatrician with you 24-7!

— Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, author of Baby Bites and Eating Expectantly

I wish I’d had this book in my hands when my boys were tiny and my anxiety huge. New (and even second- or third-time) parents need exactly this kind of info—nicely distilled into easy-to-find bits, and full of reassurance—as much as they need a really great stroller and a good night’s sleep!

— Denise Schipani, “Mommy Confidential” columnist for American Baby magazine

Mommy Calls is extremely well written and informative. I look forward to having this book in my arsenal to help prepare my new mom’s and father’s to be. This is a great, great book!

— Jason A. Rothbart, MD; Obstetrician/Gynecologist; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

“It goes without saying that the latest book by the American Academy of Pediatrics is packed with solid advice about caring for kids ages 0 – 3… [It’s] the next best thing to having your own pediatrician at hand 24/7.”

— Parenting magazine