Baby Antibiotics Provo UT

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.

Hugo G Altamirano, MD
(801) 375-9292
745 N 500 W
Provo, UT
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Cordoba, Fac De Cien Med, Cordoba, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1970

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Utah Valley Regional Medical Center - Pulmonary Ou
(801) 357-7291
1034 North 500 West
Provo, UT
 
Mary E Illions, MD
Provo, UT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 2001

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Renae Holland
(801) 344-4311
1300 E Center St
Provo, UT
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Melvin Moreno Robins, MD
1275 N University Ave Ste 18
Provo, UT
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1959

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Arbon Robert A MD
(801) 375-4433
777 North 500 West
Provo, UT
 
Zions Management Corporation
(801) 375-7800
250 West Center Street Suite 109
Provo, UT
 
The Utah Valley Physicians Plaza - Oldroyd Ronald
(801) 357-7530
1055 North 300 West
Provo, UT
 
Kenneth A Zollo
(801) 357-7800
1055 N 300 W
Provo, UT
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Central Utah Clinic PC - Gastroenterology
(801) 374-1268
1055 North 500 West
Provo, UT
 
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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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