As parents, your child’s health and safety is vital. While we can baby proof rooms and watch over our kids as they grow up, some of the most dangerous threats to a child’s health are the invisible ones.
Vaccination is a safe, proven way to help defend your young loved ones from a series of dangerous diseases. Advances in medical research have helped turn immunizations into an incredibly powerful method to keep your kids safe as they grow into healthy adults.
What is a food allergy?
Food allergies are an overreaction of a person’s immune system to a food that is normally tolerated. The immune system reacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies attach to cells in skin, lungs and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If there is ingestion of the food allergen, the cells release chemicals including histamine, which cause food allergy symptoms.
NHLBI. NAEPP/EPR3. MIST. PEAK. AIMS. API. What does this all mean for parents, children, and the physicians and other health care providers monitoring children with asthma?
Over the last 20 years, there have been many studies examining the many different types of wheezing affecting different age groups. Through these studies, researchers have asked “what to diagnose and when to make the diagnosis,” “will it be lifelong or resolve,” and “what are the risk factors for the diagnosis of asthma?”
The body’s immune system encounters many foreign particles including allergens, bacteria, and viruses during a lifetime. The immune system’s job is to fight these disease-causing organisms and keep our bodies in a state of balance, or homeostasis.
Allergic Reactions and Your Body
Sometimes – based on things like genetics, diet and other health factors – our immune system over responds to something that should be harmless (like cats or dogs) and produces a chemical signal, tipping the balance to put us into an allergic state.
As parents and family caretakers, you know that the cold and flu season is just around the corner. Which means it’s time to start talking to your physician about the influenza vaccination.
Earlier this month, we explained just how vaccines works and provided a list of recommended vaccines at all ages. Here are some other questions you may ask about immunization.
While you may have heard about how immunizations can help protect you against disease, you may not know exactly how they work. Read on to learn what immunizations do and exactly how they help your body.
It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework.
Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community.
Protection is an important part of staying healthy, and proper immunization can keep you and your family safe from dangerous diseases. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so we compiled a list of some important vaccines that you and your family should ask your physician about.
Food allergies affect millions of people in this country. In fact, an allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. At Westshore, we’re taking steps to not only help our patients with high-quality care, but also by participating in and serving as the community sponsor for the 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Cleveland Zoo.