If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: Book Review and Giveaway (now closed)


Thanks to Hachette Book Group, last week I had the chance to check out a great book “If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Ok: How To Know if Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency by Dr. Lara Zibners, MD

At first I was a little worried because to be honest with you I haven’t read a full book in over a year. *gasp* I know, that seems horrible, right? Well when you have a 14 month old that hasn’t sat still in almost 5 months it’s not hard to understand. Thankfully I absolutely love reading non-fiction, especially anything that’s informative and I can apply to everyday life.  Dr. Zibners book, even though almost 300 pages was laid out so well that I was able to digest it in just a few afternoons. A little here, a little there.  I have to admit that if I had the time to read it front to back in one day I would have.

In her book, Dr. Zibners gives you a run-down of just about anything that could happen to your infant, baby or toddler that would make you consider bringing them into the ER.  She tells you from the very beginning that  “This book is not about the basics of child care such as bathing, diapering, and feeding. Instead, this book is a regurgitation, if you will, of all the midnight conversations I’ve had with stressed and anxious parents.” and adds that of the 25 million kids that are taken to the ER each year “more than 50 percent of these visits may be unnecessary.” At first I thought maybe that claim may be stretching it a little, until I got into the book and remembered just how intimidating it can be for a new mom (or any mom for that matter) when you first bring your new little one home.

You will find categories such as:

* Ten Fingers..Eleven Toes? A Guide to the Newborn’s Body, Behaviors, and Symptoms

* Seeing and Hearing: The Eyes and Ears

* The Body, Arms, and Legs

* Allergies, Bites and Stings

* Household Poisonings

She then goes on to describe under each category (which there are many many more) anything and everything you can think of and all the things you didn’t. She tells you when it’s ok to wait until the next day to call your Dr., when you should seek immediate attention or when you should call 911. Most of all though, she tells you when you shouldn’t worry.

Dr. Zibners literally covers from head to toe, infant to toddler. She does all of this while being witty and having a great sense of humor, which is what makes the book such an interesting and easy read.   As far as I’m concerned this book will now be on my list of essentials that every new mother needs. This is Dr. Zibners first book but I certainly hope it won’t be her last.

You can read an excerpt from the book  HERE.  Just click “Open book, read an excerpt”. You can view a list of places that you can purchase this book  HERE.  I recommend Amazon, as the book is eligible for free super shipping if you place an order over $25.


About the Author

Dr. Lara Zibners graduated cum laude from Ohio State University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.  She is also a former assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Mount Sanai Hospital in New York City. She now resides in London and divides her time between there and New York.


Giveaway (Now Closed)

Hachette Book Group has generously provided me with an extra copy of  “If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay”  to give away to you.  All you have to do is read the instructions below and enter. Good luck!

To enter do any (or all) of the following but make sure that for each one you do you leave a separate comment. Each comment counts as one entry. Please leave your correct email addy when you comment, especially if you do not have a blog. If I have no way of contacting you, your entry will not count.

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not including the requested information will be deleted. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your item. This giveaway ends: Sunday July 12, 2009 12am EST. Winner will be contacted and announced Monday July 13, 2009. In the event the winner does not respond within 3 days I will choose another random winner. I will be using random.org to do this

Lucky Winner is #12 – Linda C -Congrats!

Thank-you to everyone who entered.


  1. I would love to give this to my sister! She’s expecting her first child, and I’m pretty sure she will freak out about every little thing. Maybe this book would help her stay calm (sometimes, at least!).

  2. I would give this to my niece who is expecting.

  3. Christine Wember

    I would love to win for my sister who is expecting her first child. I would probably take a gander at it too before I give it to her! 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  4. Christine Wember

    I just became a twitter follower – my username is justicecw. Thanks!

  5. would love to read and pass it on..bet there are alot of laughs in it

  6. i love to read. mverno@roadrunner.com

  7. This sounds like a good book for me! My youngest son would actually eat the book, though.

  8. I would give this to my friend’s daughter for her baby shower.

  9. Darlene Taylor

    I would like to win this book for my nephew and his wife. They just had their first baby in April and they are just so worried about everything.

  10. i am due to have my first child in oct, and don’t want to hover!

  11. I would love to win this book to give to my sister who just had a baby.

  12. I’d love to have this as a great reference book since I have a 15 month old and another baby due in September.

  13. I’d give it to my best friend who is having her first baby.

  14. Jason Nickolay

    My friend just had his first kid and is very paranoid. they would appreciate this book


  15. I would love to win this book. I’ve had to take my baby son to the ER twice since he’s been born!

  16. Great read, great contest!

  17. Jermaine Mintuck

    My sister is having a baby. I would like to give this to her so she won’t freak out about every little thing

    devonm @ sasktel dot NET

  18. Jermaine Mintuck

    I followed you on Twitter. @jmintuck

    devonm @ sasktel dot NET

  19. I would LOVE to win this! I’m a first time mom and would love any extra help! 🙂
    Thanks for the contest!
    sunshine3237 (at) gmail.com

  20. I would love to give this to my daughter.

  21. As a mom of three, this would be good for me. Thanks!

  22. I will be a new mom soon, as I am adopting a child from Ethiopia. This would be great for me!

  23. For my niece Hannah!

  24. I would like this book for myself

  25. I would love to get this because I am a first time mom and I worry about everything! Luckily my O has been healthy so far, but I know I’ll panic the first time she gets a cold or eats something she shouldn’t (she’s already trying to eat everything she sees!) A book like this would really help me know if I need to act fast or if I can call the doc in the morning.

  26. gloria mckellar

    Would love to give this to my neighbor who has 3 little ones!

  27. I’d love to win this book to give to a first time mom who is a coworker!

  28. I want to win this because I have a son and I think it would be great to read.

  29. I’d love this book for my hubby! He’s such a worrier and he wants to be prepared for *everything*!

  30. id love to win this for my friend my kids are older they only eat everything in my pantry 🙂

  31. following on twitter klp1965

  32. I’d love to give this to my SIL, she just had a baby and it’s their first- they NEED this! LOL Thanks for the chance to win!

    I’m already following you 🙂

  33. Raising children is scary and this book holds much promise and comfort to make this process happy and comfortable.

  34. i want it because i have a son and the title is funny

  35. I would love to win this book for my friend who is expecting! It sounds pretty funny 🙂 I’m also a twitter follower – @BabyRabies.

  36. One extra comment for Jill.

  37. I would like to win this book so I can give it to my friend.

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