Baby Antibiotics Middletown RI

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.

Joseph M McNamara, MD
(401) 274-1100
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
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Women & Infants Hospital
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Dr. LCDR Casey Joe Burg
(630) 346-1047
887 Anthony Rd
Portsmouth, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Judith A Owens Stively
(508) 947-0630
Portsmouth, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Pediatric Associates of Fall River Inc
(401) 683-3400
1985 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI
 
LCDR Casey Joe Burg, MD, FAAP
(630) 346-1047
887 Anthony Rd
Portsmouth, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1999

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Andrew William Schiemel
(860) 694-2377
43 Smith Rd
Newport, RI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Robert John Koterbay, MD
(401) 683-3400
1985 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1969

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Singer Jay CCCA
(401) 849-4448
850 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI
 
X-Ray Associates Inc
(401) 842-0707
345 Valley Road
Middletown, RI
 
Dr.Christina Dierolf
(401) 683-2290
77 Turnpike Avenue
Portsmouth, RI
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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