A Guide for Parents (From John Hopkins University Press)
Athena P. Kourtis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
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