Baby Antibiotics Groton CT

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.

Doherty Patrick F MD
(860) 443-1891
350 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT
 
Abramovitz Joel N MD
(860) 443-1891
350 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT
 
Joslin Diabetes Center
(860) 444-4737
50 Fair Harbour Place
New London, CT
 
Keltner Robert J MD
(860) 444-2223
155 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT
 
MRI of New London
(860) 442-0400
3 Shaws Cove
New London, CT
 
Dennis Sage Long
(860) 444-2416
488 Montauk Ave
New London, CT
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Michael E Blefeld
(860) 449-8882
495 Gold Star Hwy
Groton, CT
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Pediatric Associates of New London LLC
(860) 442-8817
53 Granite Street
New London, CT
 
Owen Robert Ehrlich, MD
(860) 442-8817
53-C Granite St
New London, CT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1976

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Ocean Radiology Associates
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365 Montauk Avenue
New London, CT
 
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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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