Baby Antibiotics Foley AL

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.

Reed Rusty MD
(251) 943-5437
106 West Myrtle Avenue
Foley, AL
 
Pallin John L MD
(251) 943-2470
1628 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL
 
Robert B Olstad, MD, FAAP
22764 Tranquil Ln
Foley, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1946

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Gulf Coast Nephrology
(251) 943-2470
1628 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL
 
Gary Allen Eberly, MD
(251) 943-7901
1628 N McKenzie St
Foley, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1996

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McAtee John N MD
(251) 943-5511
161 West Peachtree Avenue
Foley, AL
 
Baldwin County Pulmonary & Sleep Physicians P C
(251) 971-3555
1430 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL
 
Houston Michael P MD
(251) 971-3555
1430 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL
 
Lowrey Gerald C MD
(251) 943-2470
1628 North McKenzie Street
Foley, AL
 
Medical Center Clinic
(251) 943-2470
South Baldwin
Foley, AL
 
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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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