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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Elizabeth Falade, MD
1505 Soquel Dr Ste 7
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kenneth Bloome
(831) 458-5537
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Christine Griger
(831) 458-5555
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Christine Anne Griger
(831) 451-5554
2025 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Gastroenterology
(831) 476-6300
1595 Soquel Drive Suite 350
Santa Cruz, CA
 
David Benjamin S MD
(831) 476-2626
1595 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Donna Mae Takahashi, MD
(831) 475-6600
1595 Soquel Dr Ste 110
Santa Cruz, CA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1978

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Brandt Ryan D MD Santa Cruz Medical Foundation
(831) 458-5610
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 
Christie Leslie NP Santa Cruz Medical Foundation
(831) 458-5820
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 
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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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