Baby Antibiotics Fall River 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.

Joseph M McNamara, MD
(401) 274-1100
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
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Women & Infants Hospital
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Prima Care Gastroenterology
(508) 679-6611
289 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA
 
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(508) 235-5285
795 Middle St
Fall River, MA
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Po Box 1070
Fall River, MA
 
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(508) 679-1074
211 Milliken Boulevard
Fall River, MA
 
Dr. Ernie Hou
(617) 823-4496
Fall River, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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(508) 679-6611
289 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA
 
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(508) 235-5285
795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA
 
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(401) 438-5950
289 Pleasant Street # 403
Fall River, MA
 
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(508) 679-9955
289 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA
 
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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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