Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World: A Guide for Parents

Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World: A Guide for Parents

by Athena P. Kourtis
     
 

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The world is full of germs, and the news is full of stories about infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. What can parents do to protect their children? Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World gives parents the information they need to shield their kids from infections and keep their family healthy.

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The world is full of germs, and the news is full of stories about infectious diseases and antibiotic-resistant superbugs. What can parents do to protect their children? Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World gives parents the information they need to shield their kids from infections and keep their family healthy.

Infections are harmful, but not all germs are bad. Dr. Athena P. Kourtis, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist—and mother—teaches parents how to protect their kids without going overboard. She helps parents sort through the latest information about antibiotics, vaccines, hygiene, health foods, and home remedies, and she identifies which rules to follow—and which ones to ignore. She says:

• No to overprotecting your children from germs• No to antimicrobial soaps and cleaning products at home• No to over-prescribed antibiotics• Yes to strategic hand washing• Yes to being conscious of germs and the pathways they use• Yes to vaccines

She offers tips for protecting your children wherever they are—at home or school, on the playground, while traveling—and whatever they are doing—playing sports, camping, visiting the beach—and answers questions that commonly worry parents. How many times should you wash prewashed spinach? (At least twice.) Does getting enough sleep help fight infection? (Yes.) Are pre-sliced foods more likely to spread infection? (They are.)

Reading this comprehensive, illustrated guide is the first step to keeping your family healthy. Up-to-date, accurate information and a clear understanding of how germs and our bodies work will help you and your child stay afloat in the microbial sea.

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Editorial Reviews

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

This is a well written and easily comprehended book that concerned parents should be encouraged to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421402826
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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