Baby Antibiotics Bessemer 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.

Hernan Moreno, MD
(205) 995-0899
200 Riverhills Business Park
Birmingham, AL
Business
Growing Up Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Delsadie Pullar Callins
(205) 424-6001
2201 Arlington Ave
Bessemer, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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UAB Medical West
(205) 481-7384
Uab Medical W Pro
Bessemer, AL
 
McCoy Ronald C Dr - Office
(205) 426-6381
1601 2nd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL
 
Imaging Center West
(205) 428-9120
737 Memorial Drive
Bessemer, AL
 
Delsadie Callins, MD
(205) 425-3981
714 Milgnay Ln
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Iris Denise Fancher
(205) 424-6001
2201 Arlington Ave
Bessemer, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Iris Denise B Fancher, MD
(205) 481-1744
2201 Arlington Ave
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr. Iris Denise B Fancher
(205) 481-1744
2201 Arlington Ave
Bessemer, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Janet Chandler Harris, MD
(205) 481-1886
985 9th Ave SW
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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