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.

Donald C Shukan
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Pioneer Valley Pediatrics Inc
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Road Suite 11
Longmeadow, MA
 
Dr. Richard Alan Segool
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

West-Buxton Shannon PNP
(413) 787-2555
15 Vreeland Avenue
East Longmeadow, MA
 
Dr. Tamara Ruth Bloch
(860) 749-3169
95 Maplewood Ter
Springfield, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

George R Hepner
(413) 525-1870
294 N Main St
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Belemjian Mark E MD
(413) 525-1870
294 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA
 
Dr. Paula Susan Algranati
(413) 567-6840
141 Tennyson Dr
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Mark Edward Belemjian, MD
(413) 525-1870
294 N Main St
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1988

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Keith Ralph Ruppel, MD
(413) 787-2555
15 Vreeland Ave
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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