Baby Antibiotics Brainerd MN

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.

Greatens Todd M MD
(218) 855-5471
2024 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Julie Hope Weaver, MD
(804) 741-4404
1700 Birch Island Rd NW
Brainerd, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours St Mary Hosp, Richmond, Va; Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Pediatric Center

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Hanske Stephen E MD
(218) 855-5471
2024 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Halvorson Ronald D MD
(218) 855-5471
2024 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Dr. Troy David Couture
(218) 855-5276
2024 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Couture Troy D MD
(218) 855-5472
2024 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Sorenson Ronald M MD
(218) 855-5471
2024 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Lakes Area Urology
(218) 828-1418
1903 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
Dr. Michael Verner Severson
(218) 828-7100
2024 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Qualey Bradley J MD
(218) 828-1418
1903 South 6th Street
Brainerd, MN
 
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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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