June 25, 2013

Avoiding Infant Illness: Dr. Marta Katalenas Provides Tips for Maintaining Newborn Health

A recent study conducted by The University of Michigan Health System has discovered a major cause for infant illness. Find out what Dr. Katalenas suggests parents do to maintain newborn health.

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) June 25, 2013

Does your newborn seem to catch a new cold every month? Are you struggling to keep the sniffles away? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System has discovered a major cause of infant illness sensitivity:

“What happens at early age is that natural killer cells, like many other immune cells, do not complete their functional maturation until adulthood,” says study senior author Yasmina Laouar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the U-M Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

"During this time we are left with an immature immune system that cannot protect us against infections, the reason why newborns and infants are more prone to infection,” she says.

Maintaining Newborn Health:

While it’s impossible to avoid all germs, parents can take proactive steps to maintain newborn health, starting with choosing the right pediatric clinic. For instance, does your chosen pediatric clinic have “well” and “sick” child waiting areas? It’s important to separate the sick from the well at any age, but it’s even more essential when, for example, we have newborns coming for routine exams during the flu season.

Taking such factors into consideration could make a big difference in lowering your newborn’s risk of catching life-threatening illnesses.

Here are some more tips for ensuring that your newborn stay as germ-free as possible:

1. Make sure family members wash their hands for 20 seconds before touching the infant

2. Limit the frequency of kisses on the face

3. Avoid grocery stores, restaurants, malls, festivals and other large crowds for the first few weeks

4. Don’t skip out on vaccinations

5. Keep up with scheduled doctors appointments

7. Sterilize bottles, nipples, and nose bulbs

About Dr. Marta Katalenas:

Dr. Marta Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock, Texas, and author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch... The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. Her practice offers a nutrition management program that helps families make the lifestyle changes necessary to promote and maintain good health. Dr. Katalenas is a frequent guest on local television shows and is media resource on childhood obesity and pediatric health issues.

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