Baby Antibiotics Columbia 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.

Dr. Liane Katherine Freels
(856) 596-3434
1312 Huntington Dr
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Barr James Grant MD
(931) 388-3209
1401 Hatcher Lane
Columbia, TN
 
Dr. John McClure Kerr III
(512) 421-4100
7141 Old Zion Rd
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Carol Broadway
(931) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Thomas Wade Denney
(931) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave Ste 101
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Benny Ed MD
(931) 840-6100
854 West James Campbell Boulevard
Columbia, TN
 
Neurology
(931) 840-6100
854 West James Campbell Boulevard Suite 205
Columbia, TN
 
Lunde C Kevin MD
(931) 381-0831
1609 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, TN
 
Dila Vuksanaj, MD
(615) 936-3648
103 Wildwood Cir
Columbia, TN
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1982

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Columbia Regional Medical Center LLC
(931) 388-9706
1114 West 7th Street
Columbia, TN
 
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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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