Baby Antibiotics Bangor ME

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.

C Elizabeth Trefts
(207) 945-5247
1048 Union St., Ste 5
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Thomas Francis Lever, MD
(207) 947-0147
1048 Union St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1980

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Graham Jeffrey S MD
(207) 947-0469
336 Mount Hope Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Holmberg Robert MD
(207) 941-1155
302 Husson Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Dr. Teresa J Tolson Malmer
(404) 873-2827
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kumar Akilesh
(207) 973-8670
489 State St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Anglea C Gilladoga
(207) 942-4108
417 State St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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Teresa Tolson Malmer, MD, FAAP
(207) 945-3843
45 Linden St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ross Michael A Faap
(207) 947-0147
417 State Street
Bangor, ME
 
Hand Robert W MD
(207) 942-6096
417 State Street
Bangor, ME
 
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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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