AAP Book ...
Caring for Your Teenager,
Ages 12 through 21:

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Caring for Your Teenager (Ages 12 through 21) By the American Academy of Pediatrics, Donald E. Greydanus, MD, FAAP, Editor-in-Chief and Philip Bashe - To shorten the long title, we may refer to this book as "CfYT(12-21)" various places on this web-site. This book will provide you accurate, up-to-date, scientific information to promote and support positive physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychological growth in teenagers ... with more than 100 illustrations.

If you enjoyed the first two of the three book series, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child (Birth to Age 5) and Caring for Your School Age Child (Ages 5 through 12), then you will love this book, Caring for Your Teenager (Ages 12 through 21), which takes on the next age-range of youth. This is meant to be your main reference guide for the next nine years of your teen’s life and you should use it on a very regular basis as you go through the process of raising your teen. The first 3/4 of this 606 page book is about routine “well teen care” and discusses common problems which typically come up at the specific ages of 12 to 21 years.

By reading a few years ahead of your teen’s actual age (example: if your son/daughter is 12 years old, read through the 14-15 year section), you will already know what to expect and do for about 95%+ of the problems which come up. The last quarter of the book deals with "sick and injured care" of this age-range. The 606 page book has an excellent index and table of contents, so if you cannot remember what to do about a specific problem you can look it up quickly and easily ... and solve (or at least understand) it!

We have found that many mothers (and fathers and grandparents) enthusiastically use this book and “wear it out”... many keep it at bedside. It is well written and fun to read ... jot notes in it! ... use it! Many have found that it helps them catch problems early before they become major, thereby avoiding unnecessary emergency room and pediatric office visits... saving you time, aggravation and expense as well as worries and sleepless nights. Have a teen (up to 21 years old) with a health problem or other adolescent/youth "issues"? ... look it up! ... its good up to age 21 years and we expect you to use it to aid your parenting.

"To quote the publisher:

By the American Academy of Pediatrics, Donald E. Greydanus, MD, FAAP, Editor-in-Chief and Philip Bashe

Now in one comprehensive AAP volume, parents can access accurate, up-to-date scientific information to promote and support positive physical, emotional, cognitive, and psychological growth in their teenagers. Spanning the full spectrum of adolescent development issues, this easy-to-use handbook helps parents and their children navigate the "tumultuous teens" with practical advice from a trusted authority-an essential "survival" guide to meet the challenge of raising a happy, healthy teenager.

Covers a wide range of teen health and development issues

  • Setting limits and maintaining discipline
  • Handling peer pressure and the temptations of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs
  • Dating, sexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Nutrition, body image, and eating disorders
  • Changing relationships between teens and other family members
  • 12 keys to developing self-esteem
  • Hormones and a teenager's changing body
  • Medical ailments common to teenagers
  • And much more!

Softcover, 2003 606 pages"

Our approach at Unifour Pediatrics is to keep your teen home and healthy through anticipatory guidance, prevention and early home treatment. We look at it as a crucial component of proper preventative medicine and we will reference it often as we work with you and your teen. Throughout the country, this is by far the #1 book advised by pediatricians for this age-range.

How to get the book?

1. Here at Unifour Pediatrics:
Dr. Millsaps charges for this book at three dollars less than his cost (buying in bulk), so both he and you are splitting the wholesale cost of the book. The $18 book is now going for $10 per book, not bad for a large 606 page book. Remember: This book can be used for all your current and upcoming teens, ... and one saved pediatric office visit, one less prescription, one less ER, or Urgent Care Clinic visit (for any of your teens through the years) will easily pay for the cost of the book.

2. Local Bookstore:
Borders, Barnes and Noble, and others usually have this book in stock (let us know if you have other sources) Costs vary, but last time we checked, the cost was $20 out the door.

3. On-line via the Internet:
The websites of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes and Noble, and others usually have this book in stock (let us know if you have other sources) Costs vary, but last time we checked, the cost was $18 including delivery.

Comprehensive Pediatric Advice Books: ** READ THIS NOW **
Caring for Your Baby & Child For ages Birth - Age 5
El Cuidado De Su Hijo Pequeño

Para el nacimiento de las edades - edad 5

Caring for Your School Age Child For ages 5 - 12
Caring for Your Teenager For ages 12 - 21
Guide to Your Child's Symptoms Understanding what symptoms mean
Baby & Child Health Essential Guide From Birth to 11 Years

Comprehensive Online Internet Links: 
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Helpful References/Links for "Sick/Problem/Well/Parenting" Care:
Pediatric Health Advisor excellent pediatric medical advice (indexed)
Pediatric Advisor - Spanish - (Spanish version of the above - McKesson).
Pediatric Advisor - Other Languages- (Other languages - McKesson).
Helpful Videos - (educational Pt Ed videos - from Boys Town Peds).
Childrens's Hospital Minnesota - excellent educational references
KidsHealth for Parents - excellent pediatric and parenting reference!
Kids Health for Parents - Spanish - excellent pediatric reference!
KidsHealth for Teens - (excellent Teen version of the above - McKesson).
KidsHealth for Teens - Spanish - (excellent Teen version - McKesson).
KidsHealth for Kids - (excellent "Kids" version of the above - McKesson).
KidsHealth for Kids - Spanish - (excellent "Kids" version - McKesson).
Medication/Drug Information Look-up - RxList.com  - (Info about  Meds).
Medication/Drug Information Look-up - Drugs.com  - (Info about  Meds).
Medication/Drug Info and Safety - Pharmacists - Info/Safety abouts Meds
Medication/Drug Information Mobile Apps  - (Android and iPhone).
HealthyChildren.org Pediatric Health Info  - excellent info (AAP, In English).
HealthyChildren.org Pediatric Health Info  - excellent info (AAP, In Spanish)
The Parents Journal Parenting Tips - Tips from other parents - parenting.
The Parents Journal Radio Show  - NPR radio program on parenting.
The Parents Journal Audio Clips - 500+ parenting lectures to listen to!
The Parents Journal Main Page - Great programs for parenting issues
KidEmergencies.com - Childhood Emergency and Poisoning Resource.
DrGreen.com - Great Information for parents of many topics.
Kids Health First: - General information on child care.
Growth and Development - Excellent for up through school-age..
Teen Growth and Body Concerns - Excellent for teens through college.


Newborn CareExcellent Newborn resources from KidsHealth.com.
Breastfeeding InformationExcellent Breastfeeding advise from the AAP.
Great IndexExcellent CS Mott Childrens Hosp.

Development and Growth - growth and development section of KidsHealth.
Zero to Three - excellent information on early childhood
Developmental milestones- age-specific developmental milestones listed.


Behavior & Emotions- great, emotions and behavior section of KidsHealth.
Rainbows for Crisis - programs helping children through grief process.
All Kinds of Minds  - programs for children with learning/school problems.
Family Topics  - fostering great relationships -  fathers & daughters.
Child/Adol Psychiatry  - am. acad. of child & adolescent psychiatry.
Child/Adol Psychiatry  - Coping with Mental Illesa Video.
CHADD - Children and Adults with ADHD web-site - lots of resources.
WonderWise Parents  - resources for child development and parenting.
Quotes For Parents  - great quotes for parents to think about.

Disabilities, Special Needs
Disabilities (AAP) - Living with a Chronic Illness or Disability.
Childrens Developmental Service Agency (CDSA) - for evaluations, etc.
IEPs - information on Individualized Education Plans (IEP's)
Dyslexia Support Group - The International Dyslexia Program web-site.

More Health Information:
Patient Education Clearlinghouse - Dept of Pediatrics - UMHS, ENG.
Patient Education Clearlinghouse Spanish - Pept. Peds. UMHS, Spanish.
Animated Body Guide  - pictorial anatomy guide/lessons, InnerBody.com.
CDC in Atlanta - Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta - excellent info.
CDC Diseases/Cond. - Centers for Disease Control -  info. on conditions
Nat. Libraries Medicine  - National Libraries of Medicine (searchable)
NIH Health Information  - National Institutes of Health Info (searchable)
MedlinePlus Health Info  - excellent - Medline Plus (US NLM and NIH)

Audio Clips - Education - excellent  - Parents Journal audio education
Reach Out and Read!  - Making books part of healthy childhood
Home Schooling - National Home Education Research Institute - NHERI
Harvard Educ. Letter - Harvard Education Letter - great information
Child Financial Training - Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy - children.
Financial Aid for College - SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid (for college)
Picture Book Reviews  - List/Reviews of recommended books for children.
After-School Alliance- After-School programs for children ways to start.
Dolly Pardon Imagination Library - Books sent to home monthly to age 5.
Bookworm Angels - Great program

Vaccinate Your Baby- EXCELLENTreference about immunization info.
Vaccine public service video: Discussing the importance of vaccines
Vaccinate Your Baby - EXPERT INFOabout immunizations - MANY sources.
Vaccine Education Center - EXCELLENT- Children's Hosp of Philadelphia.
Autism's False Profits - Bad Science, Risky Medicine, Search/Cure - Great.
Detailed reviews of diet/autism info: Article is excellent and informative. 
AAP Immunization Info- American Academy of Pediatrics immunization info.
AAP Immunization Safety - American Academy of Peds immuniz. safety.
Every Child by Two - Every Child by Two immuniz. safety - Rosalynn Carter.
AAFP Immunization Info - American Academy of Family Practice  imm. info.
AMA Immunization Info - American Medical Association  immunization info.
CDC Immunization Safety - Centers for Disease Control immunization info.
10 Vaccine Myths - Busted - Parenting Magazine.
Immunization Omission/Delay Deaths - Case History of Deaths - no "shots".
Immunization Action Coalition  - Immunization Info for health professionals.
Institute for Vaccine Safety  - EXCELLENT Immunization Info in great detail.
National Network for Immunization Information  - EXCELLENT Information.
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases - Ask experts questions directly.
Voices for Vaccines  - Dedicated and Reliable source of immunization info.
Vaccines & Immunizations - Centers for Disease Control & Prev (CDC).
Immunization Practices - ACIP - Advisory Committee for Immun Practices.
Vaccine Info Statements - Vaccine Information Sheets - many languages.
National Association for Immunization Information - Excellent reference.
CDC Info on Vaccine Safety - Frequently asked questions.
Do Vaccines Cause Autism? - Clearly sets the record straight about safety.
FDA information on Immunization Safety -  FDA studies on vaccine safety.

Travel Medicine:

CDC Travel Health- CD Travelers' Health - excellent information - to anywhere.
MD Travel Health - complete travel health information - to anywhere.

Breastfeeding InformationExcellent Breastfeeding advise from the AAP.
Breastfeeding Basics index to topics - from KidsHealth.com web site.
Drug Lookup Breastfeeding- Drug lookup for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
National Institutes of Health- drug lookup if breastfeeding.
AAP Breastfeeding Medication - Academy of Pediatrics Info on drugs.

Nutrition and Exercise:

Fitness and Nutrition- Nutrition and fitness information - from KidsHealth.
Fitness and Nutrition- Nutrition and fitness information - from KidsHealth.
Eat Smart More More - North Carolina "Eat Smart Move More" program.
Turn Off TV/Video - Center for Screen-time Awareness (TV/video/computer)
NIH Healthy Lifestyles - National Institutes of Health - Weight control info.

Drug/Smoking Prevention:
Drug Abuse Prevention - Strategies for prevention of drug abuse.
NC Alliance for Health- To reduce smoking around kids and reduce obesity.
Drug Abuse Prevention - The science behind drug abuse - great for teens.

Safety Information - from KidsHealth.
Safety Information - from the Academy of Pediatrics.
Toy Recalls- Product Recalls - sponsored by US Government
Recalled Products- Product recalls - US Consumer Product Safety Commis.
Toy Safety - Federation of State PIRGs - finding and removing unsafe toys.
Internet Child Safety - National Center for Missing & Exploited Kids.
Video Game Rating - Entertainment Software Rations Board.
Safe Young Drivers - a guide for parents and teens.
Missing Kids - main site -  National Center for Missing & Exploited Kids.

Child-Care, Camps, etc.
Child Care Resources - National Association for Child Care Resources.
Child Care Facilities Rated - NC Division of Child Development.
Summer Camps - Going away to camp - KidsHealth.
Mothers and More - organization dedicated to improving the lives of moms.
Twins, Triplets, etc.- supporting multiple birth families - at every step.
Child Care Resources- resource for finding high-quality child care.
America's Promise- resource (Gen. Colin Powell) helping disadvantaged.
American Academy of Pediatrics- don't lose your child.
Alliance for Childhood- child advocacy for healthy and enriching environment.

Internet Safety, etc.
Internet Safety - KidsHealth- Internet safety information from KidsHealth.
Safe CyberSurfing - Kids- Kids' Rules for on-line safety.
Screentime Habits/Safety- healthy habits for TV, video games, and Internet.
Teen Internet Safety - safe Internet surfing tips for teens - from TeensHealth.
Internet Checklist - Parents - fill the checklist out & think about your situation.
CyberSafety for Kids- a parent's guide to cybersafety for kids online.
Educational Games - examples of safe educational computer games.
Internet Checklist - Teens- fill the checklist out & think about your situation.
Online Safety Rules- Kids Rules for on-line computer safety.
SafeKids - Internet- discussions, info, and video about Internet safety.













David Millsaps MD FAAP

Lynn B. Spees MD FAAP
Board Certif. Pediatricians:

Fellows of the American
   Academy of Pediatrics

and our Pediatric
   Nurse Practitioners

Sommer C. Clark, CPNP

Karen Leasure

Camille Glidden

Gretchen Weeks, CPNP

Unifour Pediatrics is a physician-owned primary care pediatric practice established to provide quality comprehensive healthcare services to infants, children, adolescents & college-age youth.