Baby Antibiotics Richmond 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.

William Lawrence Black, MD
(765) 966-5527
301 S 22nd St
Richmond, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1993

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Dr. Paul Steven Rider
(765) 966-5527
1434 Chester Blvd
Richmond, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Mann Elizabeth J MD
(765) 966-5527
1434 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN
 
Dr. Debra Elaine Bright
(765) 966-5527
1434 Chester Blvd
Richmond, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

William Lawrence Black Jr, MD
1434 Chester Blvd
Richmond, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1993

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(765) 962-4735
1030 North J Street
Richmond, IN
 
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(765) 966-5527
1434 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN
 
Kalra Mahendra MD
(765) 939-2037
1080 University Boulevard
Richmond, IN
 
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(765) 983-8085
808 South A Street
Richmond, IN
 
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(765) 966-5527
1434 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, 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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