Baby Antibiotics Watertown MA

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.

Sunita Tuli, MD
(781) 933-6236
7 Alfred St
Woburn, MA
Business
Woburn Pediatric Associates
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Marian H. Putnam, M.D.
(617) 364-6784
36 Maple Street
Hyde Park (Boston), MA
Business
Marian H. Putnam, M.D. Private Practice of Pe
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: All Blue Cross PlansBoston Health NetChildren's Medical Security PlanHealth Care Value ManagementHarvard Pilgrim health CareMass Health which is our state's MedicaidPrivate Health Care SystemsGreat WestPruCareTufts Health PlanCarpenter
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Children's Hospital
Residency Training: St. Raphael's New Haven; Cincinnati Children's
Medical School: Tufts Medical School, 1974
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English,Afar,French

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Dr. Harwood Stephen Egan
(800) 711-4644
Watertown, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Hanita Therese Oh Tan
(202) 884-5000
Watertown, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Yavshayan Aida Pediatrics
(617) 926-0114
40 Spring Street
Watertown, MA
 
Marian H Putnam MD
(617) 364-6784
36 Maple St
Hyde Park, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Richard John Kerbel
(617) 923-1040
548 Mount Auburn St
Watertown, MA
Specialty
Adolescent Medicine

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Marianne Khoury
(617) 972-5100
485 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Rosina Maria Mele
(617) 244-8664
33 Dartmouth St
Watertown, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Tewarson Pamela Pediatrics
(617) 926-0114
40 Spring Street
Watertown, MA
 
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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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