Baby Antibiotics Clemson SC

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.

Dr. Monica E Silva
(864) 888-4464
Clemson, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Rao Frank G MD
(864) 654-4020
1011 Tiger Boulevard Suite 400
Clemson, SC
 
Dr. Marshall Janas Crowther
Clemson, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Clemson Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
(864) 654-6034
208 Frontage Road
Clemson, SC
 
Isra Mohammad Amer, MD
(423) 434-0306
100 Lakeview Cir
Clemson, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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Feiste James F Faap
(864) 654-6034
108 Frontage Road Suite 1
Clemson, SC
 
Dr. Isra Mohammad Amer
(423) 434-0306
100 Lakeview Cir
Clemson, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Baxley G Timothy MD
(864) 653-4071
107 Wall Street Suite 2
Clemson, SC
 
Clemson Neurology
(864) 653-4071
107 Wall Street Suite 2
Clemson, SC
 
Dr. Leslie C Cohen Stanfield
(864) 855-0001
Clemson, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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