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.

Schultheiss Edward H MD
(503) 399-7520
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 3010
Salem, OR
 
Brian Walter Temple
(503) 364-2181
891 23rd St Ne
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Gandler Howard MD
(503) 371-1691
1050 Oak Street Southeast
Salem, OR
 
W Lawrence Holley, MD
(503) 399-1776
693 36th Ave NE
Salem, OR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1966

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Dr. Kimberly Curnell Heggen
(801) 581-3729
2395 Center St NE
Salem, OR
Specialty
Pediatrics

Cost Gregory A MD
(503) 561-7100
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 5030
Salem, OR
 
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
 
Salem Gastroenterology Consultants PC
(503) 399-7520
875 Oak Street Southeast Suite 3010
Salem, OR
 
Diagnostic Imaging Associates Inc
(503) 581-6441
855 Medical Center Drive Northeast
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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