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.

Eugene Mark Shatz, MD
(616) 391-8890
330 Barclay Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1971

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Marquis William E MD
(616) 459-3551
245 Cherry Street Southeast Suite 202
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Steven Lee Gelfand, MD
(616) 391-1714
100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1998

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Barbara Mary Periad, MD
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 2000

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Maria D Poortenga, MD
(616) 752-6475
300 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1992

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Nabil E Hassan
(616) 391-1861
100 Michigan St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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Faichney J David MD
(616) 732-3098
300 Lafayette Avenue Southeast Ofc
Grand Rapids, MI
 
England George MD
(616) 752-5137
260 Jefferson Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Legault Daniel J MD
(616) 752-6235
310 Lafayette Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Monica L Randles
(616) 459-4314
330 Barclay Ave Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
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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