Baby Antibiotics Alexander City AL

Conventional wisdom tells us that babies and germs make a bad mix. Since children's immune systems generally aren’t fully functional until their second birthday, diligent moms and dads pay special attention to cleanliness and proper sanitation. And when babies come down with bugs, well-intentioned pediatricians often prescribe broad'spectrum antibiotics.

Bankston James H Dr
(256) 329-8459
125 Alison Drive Suite 3
Alexander City, AL
 
Temple Medical Clinic PC
(256) 329-7100
1120 Airport Drive Suite 102
Alexander City, AL
 
Dr. Jitendra Achalchand Jain
(256) 234-5021
1962 Cherokee Rd
Alexander City, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Arnold J Tauro
(256) 234-5021
1962 Cherokee Rd
Alexander City, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Jitendra Achalchand Jain, MD
(256) 234-5021
1962 Cherokee Rd
Alexander City, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Powers Runas Md PC
(256) 329-7100
3368 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL
 
Powers Runas Md PC
(256) 329-8936
Hillabee Road
Alexander City, AL
 
HAMO Neurology Clinic
(256) 409-2166
3368 Highway 280 Suite 208
Alexander City, AL
 
Chappell Jamie Crnp
(256) 329-7100
3368 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL
 
Watwood John Little Dr PA
(256) 329-7100
Medical Arts Buildin
Alexander City, AL
 
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Babies, Antibiotics, and Asthma

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By Kris Kucera

Conventional wisdom tells us that babies and germs make a bad mix. Since children’s immune systems generally aren’t fully functional until their second birthday, diligent moms and dads pay special attention to cleanliness and proper sanitation. And when babies come down with bugs, well-intentioned pediatricians often prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics. Unfortunately, giving antibiotics to infants—even just one course—in their first year of life may double their susceptibility to asthma, compared to antibiotic-free babies, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia, along with BC’s Centre for Disease Control and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Scrutinizing eight studies, which surveyed more than 12,000 children, the researchers’ data indirectly support the hygiene hypothesis—the idea that in developed countries, kids’ reduced exposure to germs may actually impede their immune responses. Critics argue that although pediatric exposure to germs is essential, certain bacterial infections necessitate antibiotic treatment as a safety measure. Also, they point out, the hygiene hypothesis fails in inner cities, where asthma rates in underprivileged youths have soared, even though most of these kids live amid substandard levels of hygiene. With the jury still out, concerned parents should ask their pediatricians for blood work before they agree to medicate their infants, preventing needless antibiotic treatments for viral infections or illnesses with undetermined causes.

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