Expert on Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Lists 10 Most Important Steps Parents Should Take to Protect their Kids

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A leading infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado has developed a list of the 10 most important steps parents can immediately take to protect their kids from dangerous germs, including the multiply drug-resistant staph germs circulating in our schools and communities.

Germ Proof Your Kids – The Complete Guide to Protecting (without Overprotecting) your Family from Infections

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A leading infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado has developed a list of the 10 most important steps parents can immediately take to protect their kids from dangerous germs, including the multiply drug-resistant staph germs circulating in our schools and communities.

Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, is Professor and Vice Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Denver, and author of the new book “Germ Proof Your Kids – The Complete Guide to Protecting (without Overprotecting) your Family from Infections” (ASM Press, 2008; available 10/25/07).

Dr. Rotbart’s recommendations are:

1.    Teach kids how to effectively wash and dry their hands
2.    Teach kids when to wash (The Top Ten Hand Washing Moments)
3.    Keep alcohol towelettes handy in the car and in your purse/pocket for times when your kids aren’t near the sink
4.    Teach kids proper cough and sneeze “etiquette”
5.    Establish “mini-quarantine” in your homes when a family member is ill
6.    Recognize the “hot zones” for exposure to infections in the community: day care, school, college dormitories, petting zoos, doctors’ offices
7.    Recognize the “hot zones” for spread of infection in your home (kitchen, bathroom, laundry and sick-room)
8.    Make sure your kids eat a balanced diet
9.    Avoid unnecessary antibiotic use
10.    Check that your kids’ immunizations are up-to-date

About “Germ Proof Your Kids – The Complete Guide to Protecting (without Overprotecting) your Family from Infections” (ASM Press, 2008; available 10/25/07):

The recent national attention to the spread of resistant “superbugs” in schools and communities across the country highlights the need for sound information and education about germs, the ways in which they infect our kids, and how they can be stopped.

Harley A. Rotbart, M.D., an internationally-recognized expert in the field of pediatric infectious diseases, has written the definitive book for parents and physicians. “Germ Proof Your Kids – The Complete Guide to Protecting (without Overprotecting) your Family from Infections” (ASM Press, 2008; available 10/25/07)

“Germ Proof Your Kids” is presented in 4 sections which address: the most common germs and the diseases they cause; children’s natural defenses and the prudent use of antibiotics and vaccines; the value of home remedies from grandmother and the health food store; and, how to understand and interpret the latest research news. The book brings everything parents need to know about kids’ infections together in one easy-to-read, concise book.

While written for parents, this volume is also a perfect office manual for physicians. By providing up-to-date, succinct information on all of the infections that kids bring to the clinic, this book will help doctors educate parents about germs and the best treatment options (including no treatment at all!).

For additional information, and free access to Dr. Rotbart’s GERMBlog™, refer to http://www.germproofyourkids.com

Dr. Rotbart may be reached through the Public Relations Department at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (720-777-6667) or at 303-315-4621. E-mail harley.rotbart @ comcast.net
http://www.germproofyourkids.com

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