Baby Antibiotics Paducah 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.

Dr. John Michael Roach
(650) 497-0488
1532 Lone Oak Rd
Paducah, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

Four Rivers Behavioral Health - Medical Service Ce
(270) 442-1801
425 Broadway Street
Paducah, KY
 
Keck Daniel B Jr MD
(270) 441-4444
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 401
Paducah, KY
 
Bailey Bill MD
(270) 534-0046
125 Augusta Avenue # A
Paducah, KY
 
Clarke Jeffrey S MD
(270) 442-3647
1920 Broadway Street
Paducah, KY
 
Glen Chaney
(270) 744-9600
2605 Kentucky Ave
Paducah, KY
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Infectious Diseases Associates PLLC
(270) 444-9889
2601 Kentucky Avenue Suite 103
Paducah, KY
 
Shumaker James L MD
(270) 442-6161
1532 Lone Oak Road
Paducah, KY
 
Davies Theodore E MD
(270) 443-6472
2603 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY
 
Lourdes Medical Pavilion - Paducah Diagnostic Cent
(270) 441-4100
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 103
Paducah, 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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