Baby Antibiotics Gadsden 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.

Andrew C Agwunobi, MD
(650) 321-4121
PO Box 97
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Jos, Fac Of Med Sci, Jos, Plateau, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Riverview Radiology Associates PC
(256) 543-0420
600 South 3rd Street
Gadsden, AL
 
Ear Nose & Throat Associates of Gadsden P A
(256) 547-4971
515 South 3rd Street
Gadsden, AL
 
Armando Jose R Quizon, MD
(256) 543-2894
501 Bay St
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1990

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Charles Henry Griffith
(256) 543-2894
501 Bay St
Gadsden, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Andrew C Agwunobi
(650) 321-4121
PO Box 97
Gadsden, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Riverview Radiology Associates
(256) 543-5380
600 South 3rd Street
Gadsden, AL
 
Hager Ken MD
(256) 543-5380
600 South 3rd Street
Gadsden, AL
 
Dr. Charles Henry Griffith
(256) 543-2894
501 Bay St
Gadsden, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Richard O Rutland, MD
(256) 543-2894
501 Bay St
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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