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.

Fine Joan S MD
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Road
Longmeadow, MA
 
Leavitt Robert P MD
(413) 567-4500
734 Bliss Road Suite 5
Longmeadow, MA
 
Mark E Belemjian
(413) 525-1870
294 N Main St
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Dr.Leif Nordstrom
(413) 525-1870
Ste 101, 294 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA
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Education
Medical School: Karolinska Inst, Med Fak, Stockholm
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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George R Hepner
(413) 525-1870
294 N Main St
East Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Dr. Nancy Hislop Miller
(413) 794-7333
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Akinniyi Babasola Odutola
(413) 739-1100
532 Sumner Ave
Springfield, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Richard John Tredeau
(413) 567-1031
123 Dwight Rd
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Kamla Chawla
(908) 253-6640
Longmeadow, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Jose Enrique Llorens
(413) 733-6595
Longmeadow, MA
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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