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.

Manal M Moharram, MD
(616) 942-1555
100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1988

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John Stanley Kopec, MD
(616) 391-2084
MC-117 100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1983

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Casamento Jeffrey B MD
(616) 459-3551
245 Cherry Street Southeast Suite 202
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Richard M Hackbarth
(616) 486-6772
100 Michigan St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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O'Donnell Debra M MD
(616) 391-2185
221 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Freyer David R DO
(616) 391-2086
100 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Dominic J Sanfilippo, MD
(616) 391-2084
MC 117 100 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kim M Winterhalter
(616) 391-1861
100 Michigan St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialty
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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Devos Children's Hospital
(616) 391-3933
230 Michigan Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Alexandria Elizabeth Felton-Church
(616) 391-3670
100 Michigan St 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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