Shelly Vaziri-Flais

Shelly Vaziri Flais

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Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified practicing pediatrician and mother of 4 children, including identical twin boys. An Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, she is also coeditor of The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health, as well as a contributor for Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know. She has shared her reality-based parenting approach with national and local television, radio, online, and print news outlets, as well as contributed to Parents, Parenting, Twins, and Healthy Children magazines. The first edition of Raising Twins was honored at both the 2010 National Health Information Awards and the 2009 Midwest Book Awards.

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Dr. Flais was the proud recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Pediatric Academic Contributed Service Award from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University.

2015 GOLD award winner from the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards (IBPA)
Honorable Mention in the Family & Relationships category for Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award



Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples From Pregnancy Through the School Years, 2nd edition 

In the second edition of this popular parenting book, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP helps readers prepare for their twins’ arrival, birth and infancy, and provides sage advice for raising them through toddlerhood and the school years. Dr. Flais’ book will help parents of twins and other multiples:

  • Prepare for the arrival of their babies
  • Survive the first few days, weeks and months by providing information on feeding, sleeping, scheduling and outings
  • Navigate the toddler years from mealtime to potty training, one-on-on time to loving discipline
  • Move into the school years with ideas on managing things like socialization and competition, family dynamics and individuality.

Combining her experience as a mom and her expertise as a pediatrician, Flais brings a unique blend of heartwarming personal experiences and professional knowledge to deliver a real survival guide for every family with twins, triplets, quads or more.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58110-865-1​​
  • Product Code: CB0079
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 250
  • Trim Size: 9 inches x 6 inches
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics

The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide To Your Child’s Health (co-editor with Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, FAAP)

Raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child is one of the most demanding and challenging of all human endeavors. Fortunately it’s also one of life’s most rewarding. During the course of parenting, there may be times when parents come up against a situation in which they need help. The good news is that they are not alone.

The Big Book of Symptoms: A–Z Guide to Your Child’s Health helps parents with day-to-day health and safety issues that may arise—from infancy through adolescence. It covers minor everyday concerns and more serious problems, suggests a reasonable course of action for each problem, and confirms when it’s best to consult with a pediatrician.

Divided into 2 major sections—an A-Z directory of the most common childhood symptoms and an illustrated first aid manual and safety guide—The Big Book of Symptoms also has an extensive index to that information can be found quickly. Also includes a pull-out 3-in-1 Choking, First Aid and CPR Chart that families can post at home!

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58110-840-8
  • Product Code: CB0076
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 260
  • Trim Size: 9 inches x 7 inches
  • Illustrations: 28 black and white illustrations
  • ​Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
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