Baby Antibiotics Sumner WA

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. Delores Mary Gries
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Good Samaritan Hospital - Clinics- Puyallup Pulmon
(253) 841-4378
702 23rd Street Northwest
Puyallup, WA
 
Allergy Consultant Services
(253) 841-4378
702 23rd Avenue Southeast
Puyallup, WA
 
Dr. Donald Robert Johnson
(360) 475-4216
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Michelle Hogan Ost, MD
(253) 848-0351
319 5th St SW
Puyallup, WA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1986

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Petersen-Fisher Anne L MD
(253) 841-4353
222 15th Avenue Southeast
Puyallup, WA
 
Jolley Timothy B MD
(253) 848-1572
1322 3rd Street Southeast Suite 240
Puyallup, WA
 
Devries Donald F MD
(253) 841-2471
1011 East Main
Puyallup, WA
 
Timothy B Jolley
(253) 848-1572
1322 3rd St Se Ste 240
Puyallup, WA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Pearl Ren MD
(253) 841-8939
1619 3rd Street Southeast
Puyallup, WA
 
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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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