Baby Antibiotics Mayfield KY

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.

Perkins Matilda MD
(270) 251-4545
1029 Medical Center Circle
Mayfield, KY
 
Cuadrado Ruben MD
(270) 251-4575
1029 Medical Center Circle
Mayfield, KY
 
Irvin Mark D MD
(270) 247-8100
220 West Walnut Street
Mayfield, KY
 
Argotte Alex MD
(270) 251-4545
Jackson Purchase Med
Mayfield, KY
 
Jackson Purchase Medical Center - Medical Offices
(270) 251-4545
1099 Medical Center Circle
Mayfield, KY
 
Danielson Michael S DO
(270) 251-4545
1029 Medical Center Circle
Mayfield, KY
 
Kesl Dale DO
(270) 251-4545
1029 Medical Center Circle Suite 200
Mayfield, KY
 
Brian Kimkyone Gaw, MD
(502) 247-8100
220 W Walnut St
Mayfield, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med I, Yangon, Myanmar
Graduation Year: 1982

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Whitson Melissa A DO
(270) 247-8100
220 West Walnut Street
Mayfield, KY
 
Rowland Bruce J DO
(270) 247-8100
220 West Walnut Street
Mayfield, KY
 
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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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