Baby Antibiotics Collinsville IL

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.

Paul S Simons, MD
(314) 535-7855
4488 Forest Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Business
Forest Park Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Christopher Dean Suhre, MD
(314) 294-9156
668 Oak Trl
Collinsville, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2003

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Dr. Christopher Dean Suhre
(314) 294-9156
668 Oak Trl
Collinsville, IL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Conti Mary MD
(618) 288-2800
6820 State Route 162
Maryville, IL
 
Fedder Mark S MD
(618) 288-0346
6810 State Route 162
Maryville, IL
 
Makin Ahmed MD
(618) 346-2241
415 West Main Street
Collinsville, IL
 
Dr. Melody Llana Santos
Collinsville, IL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Collinsville Pediatrics
(618) 346-2241
415 W Main Street
Collinsville, IL
 
Dr.Jean Wagner
(618) 345-5437
1230 George E Chance Pkwy
Caseyville, IL
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1998
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Naseer Riaz MD
(618) 288-5906
6828 State Route 162
Maryville, IL
 
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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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