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Will breastfeeding prevent my child from getting sick?

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To help your newborn from getting sick, breastfeed if possible. It gives your child antibodies that fight germs. If you bottle-feed, sterilize the bottles and nipples between feedings. To do this, boil them or put them in the dishwasher.

SOURCES:

Thompson, K. and Bruce, D. , Rodale Press, 2002. Overkill

National Center for Infectious Diseases: "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Colds."

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research: "Social Support, Stress, and the Common Cold."

CDC: "Human Parainfluenza Viruses (Common Cold and Croup)."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold Prevention."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Thompson, K. and Bruce, D. , Rodale Press, 2002. Overkill

National Center for Infectious Diseases: "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Colds."

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research: "Social Support, Stress, and the Common Cold."

CDC: "Human Parainfluenza Viruses (Common Cold and Croup)."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold Prevention."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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