Baby Antibiotics Grand Rapids MI

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.

Palusci Vincent J
(616) 391-1223
100 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Thomas H Peterson
(616) 391-5000
100 Michigan St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Legault Daniel J MD
(616) 752-6235
310 Lafayette Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
David S Duffey, DO
(616) 391-1861
100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1990

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Pietryga Daniel W MD
(616) 391-2086
100 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Jonathan Todd Johnson
(616) 391-3670
100 Michigan St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Timothy Jude Conroy, MD
(616) 391-8803
330 Barclay Ave NE Ste 300
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1983

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Beatrice Ann Murray, MD
(616) 459-4314
330 Barclay Ave NE Ste GL2
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1973

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Pietryga W Daniel MD
(616) 391-9127
100 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Devos Children's Hospital
(616) 391-9000
100 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
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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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