Baby Antibiotics Santa Cruz CA

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.

Antonios Issa, MD
(709) 778-4622
PO Box 66377H
Scotts Valley, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Libre De Bruxelles, Fac De Med Et De Pharm, Bruxelles,
Graduation Year: 1981

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Gallagher Jeanne M MD Santa Cruz Medical Foundatin
(831) 458-5555
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Susan Borba
(831) 458-5555
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Alice Jane Lawrence
(831) 763-8400
849 Almar Ave Ste C251
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Audiology Associates
(831) 458-5640
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Dr. Michael Andrew Rankin
(831) 458-6200
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Gastroenterology
(831) 476-6300
1595 Soquel Drive Suite 350
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Coastal Nephrology Medical Group Inc
(831) 476-1551
1595 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Dr. Howard Salem Magarian
1555 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Casey Eliott Schirmer, MD
(831) 458-5677
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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