Baby Antibiotics Portage MI

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. Kristine Maria Gibson
(269) 327-1900
1065 W Milham Ave
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Allan Robert La Reau
(616) 324-2400
2680 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Johnathan Nguyen
(901) 248-9671
7040 Sandpiper St
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kathleen L Lemmen
(269) 327-1900
670 Mall Dr
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Kathleen Lisle Lemmen, MD
(269) 327-1900
670 Mall Dr
Portage, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Bronson Methodist Hosp, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Pediatrics Pc

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Gail Rose Brown, MD
(919) 489-8014
5082 Lovers Ln
Portage, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Public Health And General Preventive Medecine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1984

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Yvonne Nicole Grassl, MD
(269) 324-2400
2680 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1997

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Allan Robert La Reau, MD
(616) 324-2400
2680 W Centre Ave
Portage, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1974

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Thomas R Akland
(269) 329-0944
8001 Angling Rd
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Robert Bruce Page
(616) 381-0118
5082 Lovers Ln
Portage, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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