Baby Antibiotics Danvers MA

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.

Sunita Tuli, MD
(781) 933-6236
7 Alfred St
Woburn, MA
Business
Woburn Pediatric Associates
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Susan K Millet
(978) 774-0730
5 Federal St
Danvers, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Jennifer Williams Leathe, MD
(978) 777-3877
140 Commonwealth Ave Ste 207
Danvers, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr. Susan K Millet
(978) 774-0730
5 Federal St
Danvers, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Robert Alexander Dale
(908) 922-2194
1 Hutchinson Dr
Danvers, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Elizabeth H Latimer
(954) 986-6301
Danvers, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Leathe Jennifer L MD
(978) 777-3877
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Danvers, MA
 
Dr. Eve B Guerrero-Pajela
(508) 774-0730
Lahey Danvers 5 Federal St
Danvers, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Weissleder Anna P MD
(978) 739-9500
80 Lindall Street
Danvers, MA
 
Maureen M Mathews
(978) 750-1966
80 Lindall St
Danvers, MA
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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