Baby Antibiotics Superior WI

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.

Duluth Clinic - Duluth Clinic-Superior- Patient Ac
(715) 395-5454
3500 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI
 
St Mary's Hospital of Superior Te of St Mry's MDCL
(715) 395-5454
3500 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI
 
Pierpont Robert MD
(715) 395-5454
3500 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI
 
Bakken Johan MD
(218) 249-7990
1001 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN
 
Miller Roger MD
(218) 249-7980
1001 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN
 
Kulkarni Suresh MD
(715) 395-5454
3500 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI
 
David Paul Harper, MD
39 N 25th St E
Superior, WI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 2001

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Sura Patrick MD
(715) 395-5454
3500 Tower Avenue
Superior, WI
 
Northstar Physicians Inc
(218) 722-8802
600 East Superior Street Suite 502
Duluth, MN
 
Malcolm L Mc Cutcheon, MD
Duluth, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1961

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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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