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.

Northern Rockies Kidney Center - Deaconess-Billing
(406) 657-4100
2800 10th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
The Respiratory Center
(406) 238-6800
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 300E
Billings, MT
 
Allen Trenay J Pa-C
(406) 237-5760
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Michelle Sunwall Pierson, MD
(406) 238-2500
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 2001

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Yellowstone Urology PLLC
(406) 237-5400
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Annette Elissa Grefe, MD
(406) 238-6040
1230 N 30th St Ste 200
Billings, MT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1992

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Chavez David R MD
(406) 237-5400
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Dr. Brian Layton Starr
(406) 238-2500
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

Fetal Diagnostic Center
(406) 237-5888
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 130W
Billings, MT
 
Nicholson Laura R MD
(406) 238-6600
1232 North 30th Street
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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