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.

Ponec Robert J MD
(503) 399-7520
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 3010
Salem, OR
 
Mhoon J Mark MD
(503) 561-7100
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 5030
Salem, OR
 
Bailey Thomas MD
(503) 561-7100
875 Oak Street Southeast
Salem, OR
 
Girod John C MD
(503) 585-0777
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 1040
Salem, OR
 
A Touch of Philly
(503) 585-5307
3866 Center Street Northeast
Salem, OR
 
Oregon Open MRI & Diagnostics
(503) 588-2674
1165 Union Street Northeast Suite 100
Salem, OR
 
Dr. W Lawrence Holley
(503) 399-1776
693 36th Ave NE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Joanne Marie Icovino
2250 Strong Rd SE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Tina Ciesiel Kitchin
(503) 945-9795
500 Summer St NE # E10
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Fara K Etzel, MD
(503) 399-3982
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1999

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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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