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March 2013 • #48
A Note from the Medical Editor

No parent wants to see their little one sick, but it’s a germy world we live in. Because children’s immune systems are less mature than ours, they are more susceptible to germs and often catch more colds.

In this newsletter, we give you some guidance on healthy habits to protect the whole family from germs inside and outside of the home. In addition to these prevention tips, make sure your kiddos are getting enough sleep and exercise and eating a well-balanced diet to keep their immune system strong.

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
 Medical Editor,

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The AAP is joining with Procter & Gamble to equip parents with information they need to keep children safe around household cleaning and laundry products. As part of the campaign, AAP content containing general home safety tips, as well as specific information on how to keep various areas of the home safe and secure, will be made available to parents and other caregivers on, the AAP’s parenting website. Information on these topics also will be available on the Safe Home hub of P&G’s “HomeMade Simple” website. Later this year, P&G will support distribution of AAP educational patient brochures to pediatricians across the country as another resource to help inform parents.
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