HEALTH AND ILLNESS
It's a wise thing to have a good handbook on child health at home that gives symptoms and treatments for common childhood illnesses. This will allow you to inform yourself about illnesses, help you to recognize symptoms earlier, assess their severity, and let you know when to see a doctor. (See Guide to Child Health in Recommended reading, link below.)
Very often, common illnesses can be cured at home with simple, natural means and remedies, and rest. Staying home is less stressful for the patient. When in doubt whether to bring the child to a doctor or not, many areas have a health care phone line, so you may want to find out if yours has one to avoid a possible trip to the doctor or hospital. Also, research at a local library or on the Internet can be useful, but make sure to check the source and make sure it is current.
This approach to health issues will allow you to do more home care, it will keep you informed and allow you to make decisions yourself, instead of relying only on a doctor's advice. Many doctors today prescribe medication such as antibiotics much more frequently than necessary, so it's important to inform yourself and do your own research if possible on the diagnosis. Ask what would happen if your child didn't take the medication or if there are natural ways an illness can be tended to, what the natural course of the illness is, etc. Make informed decisions about your child's health and get second opinions when you can.
Guide to Child Health in Recommended reading
 Patterson, Kay. Parents warned of the dangers of antibiotics for treatment of colds. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 27 May 2002, researched June 2009<http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2002-kp-kp02049.htm>
Baby by Paul Gaugin
The Sick Child by Gabriel Metsu
THE FIRST MONTHS
CLOTHING AND CARE
FOR THE BABY