Antibiotic Use Increases Baby Risks For Asthma

We recently looked at smart antibiotic use for your baby. Then yesterday I saw a new and timely study about...
We recently looked at smart antibiotic use for your baby. Then yesterday I saw a new and timely study about this very issue. According to a new study, giving babies antibiotics before six months of age may increase their risk of developing asthma by more than two thirds. While skeptics say that most likely the babies who ended up with asthma were simply predisposed, the researchers point out that in babies given antibiotics, they saw a large increase in asthma risk, even in little ones who hadn't had chest infections or a family history of asthma. The findings, by a team of experts at Yale University, show that babies given antibiotics experienced a 40% rise in the risk of having asthma. Plus, the risks went up for babies further treated with antibiotics. Children who got a second dose of antibiotics for hard-to-treat infections experienced a risk for asthma increase of 70%. Smart and judicial antibiotic use is wise for a number of reasons, but now, with increased asthma risks on the table, there's even more reasons to be careful. *Source

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