Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System is the first book to focus on prevention of environmental damage to the immune system of embryos, babies and older children. It provides expecting and existing parents, their families and physicians with science-based information to protect and proactively manage their child's immune system. Environmental exposures (pollutants, allergens, drugs, diet, physical factors) in the home, school and community can damage the developing immune system and increase the risk of lifelong chronic diseases such as allergies, asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and neurological problems. This book imparts specific tools to parents and their physicians to help keep the early-life immune system out of harm's way and minimize environmental health risk.
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This book provide parents and parents-to-be with tools to use(in working with their physicians) to more effectively protect the immune system of their children. The immune system is most vulnerable to environmental insult during fetal, neonatal and childhood development. Effective protection of the immune system against damage in early life can pay health dividends throughout your child's lifetime.
Specific strategies are presented to help parents, working with health providers, in planning for a reduced- risk, immunlogically-friendly environment. Topics discussed include: home, school and playground environments, maternal and childhood diets, pets, hygiene, diseases in the child and adult connected to immume damage, correcting immune problems once they have occured, and safety testing of chemicals and drugs for the developing immune system.