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How can a child who has primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) keep from catching diseases?

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To keep germs away, a child who has primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) should wash his hands often, lathering up with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you don’t have soap and water.

Stress can make it harder for his body to fight disease. Encourage him to take time to relax, play, and enjoy hobbies. Massage therapy, exercise, being with people he likes, and prayer or meditation are some other ways to lower his stress.

From: Primary Immunodeficiency WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/11/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

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