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.

Purchase Neurology PSC
(270) 441-4400
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 402
Paducah, KY
 
Bluegrass Gastroenterology PSC
(270) 441-4700
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 307
Paducah, KY
 
Neurosurgical Associates and Rehabilitation Medici
(270) 441-4444
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 401
Paducah, KY
 
Karin Lynn Mutersbaugh Barnes, MD, FAAP
1532 Lone Oak Rd Ste 345
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1995

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William Melton Bruce, MD
1228 High St
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1975

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David Hope Schell, MD
(270) 443-7534
2605 Kentucky Ave Doctors Bldg #3
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mudd Jeffrey M MD Faap PSC - Nurse & Dr Assistance
(270) 443-7534
2400 Broadway Street
Paducah, KY
 
Richardson Gay B MD
(270) 441-4444
225 Medical Center Drive
Paducah, KY
 
Lourdes Medical Pavilion - Purchase Neurology
(270) 441-4400
225 Medical Center Drive Suite 204
Paducah, KY
 
Robert Timothy Mabry, MD
(270) 442-6161
1532 Lone Oak Rd Ste 345
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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