Baby Antibiotics Mishawaka IN

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.

Maryjo Spalding Meier, MD
(574) 252-2640
314 W Catalpa Dr Ste A
Mishawaka, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1998

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Graber Mary MD
(574) 252-2640
314 West Catalpa Drive
Mishawaka, IN
 
Collingwood John C MD
(574) 258-1100
620 West Edison Road
Mishawaka, IN
 
Cortese Rita MD
(574) 252-2640
314 West Catalpa Drive
Mishawaka, IN
 
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Physicn Ntwrk
(574) 247-3456
270 East Day Road
Mishawaka, IN
 
Dr. Michael Joe Jagger
(574) 252-2640
314 W Catalpa Dr Ste A
Mishawaka, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Edison Lakes Urology
(574) 247-3456
270 East Day Road Suite 280
Mishawaka, IN
 
Duprat Gerald I MD
(574) 258-1100
620 West Edison Road
Mishawaka, IN
 
Mary Evelyn Graber, MD
(574) 252-2640
314 W Catalpa Dr Ste A
Mishawaka, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1982

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Wiarda H E MD
(574) 258-1100
620 West Edison Road
Mishawaka, IN
 
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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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