Baby Antibiotics Big Rapids MI

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.

Jonathan Wendell Williams
(231) 796-4470
650 Linden St
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Matthew Brooke Lovato, MD
(231) 796-4470
650 Linden St Ste 4
Big Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr. Michael Allen Metz
650 Linden St Ste 4
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Michael Rikio Mekaru, MD
(616) 796-4470
650 Linden St Ste 4
Big Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Mecosta County Gen Hospital, Big Rapids, Mi
Group Practice: Pediatric Associates

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Michael R Mekaru
(231) 796-4470
650 Linden St
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Keith Dale Rose
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Sushila S Rao
(231) 796-4470
650 Linden St
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Sushila Rao
(616) 796-4470
650 Linden St Ste 4
Big Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Michael Patrick Metz, MD
(508) 250-6300
650 Linden St
Big Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1978

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Sushila Rao, MD
(616) 796-4470
650 Linden St Ste 4
Big Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Mecosta County Gen Hospital, Big Rapids, Mi
Group Practice: Pediatric Associates

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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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