Baby Antibiotics Billings MT

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.

Dillard Joseph MD
(406) 237-4250
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Dr. Andrea Lynn Darilek
(228) 809-5510
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

Northern Rockies Kidney Center
(406) 255-8400
29 North Street & 9
Billings, MT
 
Allergy & Asthma Assessment Clinic
(406) 252-3222
1020 North 27th Street Suite 315
Billings, MT
 
Pelczar Brian T MD
(406) 238-6161
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 401E
Billings, MT
 
Marian Elizabeth Kummer
(406) 238-6600
1232 North 30th Street Suite 200
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Anderson Bradley W MD
(406) 237-5400
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Kennedy Cynthia A MD
(406) 238-6161
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 401E
Billings, MT
 
Miles City Health Care Clinic
(406) 255-8400
620 South Haynes Avenue
Billings, MT
 
Gallagher Mitchell E MD
(406) 237-4250
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
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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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