Best way to prevent common illnesses

Lawrence Ross, MD, shares advice on the best steps parents can take to prevent their children from catching common illnesses
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Best way to prevent common illnesses

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There are many things that a parent can do to prevent their children and other members of the family from contracting common infections that cause things like cold and things like diarrheal disease. In addition to getting your full regular immunizations which I heartily support, learning about hand hygiene and teaching your children about the importance of hand hygiene is extremely important. It is clear that when we use gels, such as alcohol gels, in schools and preschools and nursery care and in our own homes, that we dramatically reduce the risk of acquiring infections. So this is excellent news because I think it empowers us as parents to impact on the risk in our children. So those hand gels that you can buy at any store work; there's no doubt that they're effective. And we know that they more frequently they're used in households, the less likely there will be transmission of infection.

Lawrence Ross, MD, shares advice on the best steps parents can take to prevent their children from catching common illnesses

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Lawrence Ross, MD

Pediatrician, Infectious Disease, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Lawrence A. Ross is a pediatrician and expert in infectious diseases.  He has been a full-time member of the Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1978 and has served as Hospital Infection Control Officer as well as the Chairperson of the Infection Control Committee for 20 years.  He is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Ross graduated from the University of Illinois and subsequently attended medical school at the Chicago Medical School in Chicago. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, followed by fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Medicine. From 1981-1985, Dr. Ross served as the coordinator of the intern and residency program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His areas of interest have included epidemiology of nosocomial infections as well as clinical aspects of care for patients with immune compromising diseases including patients with HIV infection. 

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