Baby Antibiotics Cleveland TN

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.

McCarley Kenneth H MD
(423) 472-6581
2414 Chambliss Avenue Northwest
Cleveland, TN
 
Blue Ridge Gastroenterology PC
(423) 614-4000
110 Dunhill Place Northwest
Cleveland, TN
 
Susan Arlene Ermer, MD
(423) 479-9733
435 25th St NW
Cleveland, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Hamilton Med Ctr, Dalton, Ga
Group Practice: Pediatrics Of Dalton

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Wayne Kelly, MD
(423) 479-9733
435 25th St NW
Cleveland, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1995

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Finley Julia Pierce MD
(423) 479-4165
2253 Chambliss Avenue Northwest
Cleveland, TN
 
Billy Howard Murphy
(423) 479-9733
435 25th St Nw
Cleveland, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Marcum Robert F MD
(423) 476-2212
110 Dunhill Place Northwest
Cleveland, TN
 
Wayne Scott Kelly
(423) 479-9733
435 25th St Nw
Cleveland, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Cleveland Pediatrics P C
(423) 479-9733
435 25th Street Northwest
Cleveland, TN
 
Dr. Cleveland R Chambliss
(323) 291-8640
2305 Chambliss Ave NW
Cleveland, TN
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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