Baby Antibiotics Longmeadow MA

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.

Victoria Lynne Levander, MD, FAAP
(413) 567-5888
69 Colony Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1974

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Carl W Janovsky, MD, FAAP
(413) 567-5918
57 Maplewood St
Longmeadow, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1954

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Dr. Stephen Charles Anderson
(413) 967-2252
44 Greenwich Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Sally Heidi Ginsburg
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. James Patrick Sheehy
(319) 665-2270
90 Prospect St
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Alicia Merritt Johnston
(413) 567-1477
117 Caravelle Dr
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Peter Zinger
(413) 732-5580
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Robert Phillip Leavitt
(413) 567-4500
734 Bliss Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Joseph E Yunis
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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John R Kelley
(413) 787-2555
15 Vreeland Ave
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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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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