Baby Antibiotics Salem OR

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. James Kenneth Lace
(503) 364-2181
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
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Pediatrics

Dr. Antoinette Marie Farah
(503) 364-2181
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Fara K Etzel
(503) 399-3982
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Burrows S Leon Md Salem Radiology Consultants PC
(503) 399-1262
2925 Ryan Drive Southeast
Salem, OR
 
Elmgren David T MD
(503) 561-7100
875 Oak Street Southeast
Salem, OR
 
Dr. Kimberly Curnell Heggen
(801) 581-3729
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
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Pediatrics

Dr. Antoinette Ilg
(718) 409-8882
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dorin Meredith Sanders
(503) 364-2181
2395 Center St Ne
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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(503) 364-2181
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Salem, OR
 
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875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 5060
Salem, OR
 
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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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