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.

Kuntz Eric MD
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Deschene Lori MD
(207) 941-1155
302 Husson Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Sears James W Neurologist
(207) 947-0558
498 Essex Street
Bangor, ME
 
Robert Edgar Holmberg, MD
(207) 973-5437
68 Mount Hope Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1972

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Larson C Henry MD
(207) 941-9300
700 Mount Hope Avenue Suite 420
Bangor, ME
 
Dr. Joanna Gail Dotts
(207) 973-7520
417 State St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Macario Fabia Lichauco
(489) Sta-teSt
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

John Farquhar
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Bibby-Rohrer Nevalee DO
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
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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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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