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.

Heffington Stephen MD
(931) 840-5088
1222 Trotwood Avenue
Columbia, TN
 
Robert Guerin Thompson, MD
(615) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave Maury Cty Hosp Med Off Bldg
Columbia, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1972

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Rufus Clifford
(931) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Neurology Center of Middle Tennessee
(931) 388-5114
1222 Trotwood Avenue Suite 302
Columbia, TN
 
Bali Indu MD
(931) 388-9388
1394 Hatcher Lane # A
Columbia, TN
 
Mid South Gastroenterology Associates PC
(931) 388-8302
1222 Trotwood Avenue Suite 501
Columbia, TN
 
Thomas Wade Denney, MD
(931) 388-8965
1600 Nashville Hwy Ste 101
Columbia, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1986

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Columbia Ear Nose Throat & Allergy Center
(931) 381-0831
1609 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, TN
 
Dr. Claudia Sainz Andrews
(931) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave Ste 101
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Robert Guerin Thompson Jr, MD
(931) 388-8965
1222 Trotwood Ave Ste 101
Columbia, TN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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