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Most new moms and dads are paranoid about germs. And rightly so: Babies -- especially newborns -- have yet to build up their immunity to the viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Still, it's impossible to shield your child from all the bugs out there -- and you'd drive yourself nuts trying. "Parents should use common sense: Keep the house clean, keep their baby away from anyone who is obviously sick, and stay up-to-date on immunizations," says Philip M. Tierno Jr., Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center and author of The Secret Life of Germs. Read on for more sanitary (and sanity-saving) rules every parent should know.
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