Baby Antibiotics Andalusia 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.

Dr. Charles E Eldridge
(334) 222-3555
109 Medical Park Dr Ste D
Andalusia, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Charles E Eldridge
(334) 222-3555
109 Medical Park Dr
Andalusia, AL
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Renal Care Group
(850) 444-9202
403 West By-Pass
Andalusia, AL
 
Carter Jimmy M MD
(334) 222-4678
1860 East Three Notch Street
Andalusia, AL
 
Goodlet James S MD
(334) 427-7218
215 Medical Park Drive # 2
Andalusia, AL
 
Benet Alexandru E MD
(334) 427-7218
215 Medical Park Drive Suite 2
Andalusia, AL
 
Gabrielle G Baldwin
(334) 222-3555
109 Medical Park Dr
Andalusia, AL
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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William Stuart Foshee
(334) 222-3555
109 Medical Park Dr
Andalusia, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Covington Pediatrics PC
(334) 222-3555
109 Medical Park Drive
Andalusia, AL
 
Dr. Gabrielle Godwin Baldwin
(850) 416-7707
Andalusia, AL
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Pediatrics

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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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