Baby Antibiotics Rockville MD

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.

Amy Michelaine Taylor, MD
(301) 594-4455
5600 Fishers Ln Rm 17C-26,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1987

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Phyllis Stubbs-Wynn, MD, MPH
5600 Fishers Ln MS RM 18A-39,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Michele A Lloyd Puryear, MD
(301) 443-1080
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1983

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Linda Louise Lewis, MD
(301) 827-2384
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1981

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Geoffrey Stuart Evans, MD
(301) 443-4198
5600 Fishers Lane Parklawn Bldg,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1978

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William Lubas, MD
5600 Fishers Lane Hfd-510,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1988

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David Elliott Heppel, MD
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1973

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Vito Marcello Caserta, MD
(301) 443-4956
16c-17 Parklawn B,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1981

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Therese A Cvetkovich, MD, FAAP
(301) 827-2358
5600 Fishers Ln HFD-530,
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Randolph Forbes Wykoff, MD
(202) 401-6295
5600 Fishers Ln Room 14-69
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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