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.

Hunter Phillip G PHYS
(207) 947-6116
700 Mount Hope Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Dr. Teresa Tolson Malmer
(207) 945-3843
45 Linden St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Holohan Niamh M Neurologist
(207) 947-0558
498 Essex Street
Bangor, ME
 
Dagher Rana MD
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Anne M Boniface
(207) 973-7334
905 Union St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Thomas Francis LeVer
(207) 945-5247
1048 Union St., Ste 5
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

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John Joseph Hagerty III, MD
(207) 973-5850
489 State St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr. Leonardo Leonidas
(207) 947-6739
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Goodenough David J Neurologist
(207) 947-0558
498 Essex Street
Bangor, ME
 
Norumbega Pediatrics
(207) 941-1155
302 Husson Avenue
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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