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Antibiotic Usage in Babies Linked to Asthma

The opening remarks of this article inside the October 1, 2003 BBC News states, "Babies given antibiotics are usually more inclined to create asthma along with other allergies, studies suggest." The content reports on research carried out in the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Senior researcher and epidemiologist, Dr. Christine Cole Johnson, studied 448 children, whose development was tracked for the first seven years of their lives. The children were studied to discover if you have any relationship relating to the early usage of anti-biotics as well as the oncoming of Asthma or Allergies.

Assessing the children repeatedly, the research team observed several interesting findings. From the ages of seven, children are already given no less than one antibiotic within the first six months of their lives were discovered to be:

* 1.5 times more likely to develop allergies by age seven as opposed to those who didn't receive antibiotics and 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma.
* 1.7 times most likely to produce allergies, and three times susceptible to develop asthma, once they lived in those early years with under two pets.
* nearly twice as likely to vulnerable to develop allergies if their mother had a history of allergies.


Interestingly, babies who had been breastfed over four months, and who received antibiotics inside their first six months were 3 x quite likely going to develop allergies, even though they were no longer vulnerable to develop asthma. Also, interesting facts emereged as the result that exposure to pets seemed to contain a protective effect. Those given antibiotics who lived in a family with under two pets had 1.7 times the risk of allergies and three times the risk of asthma. However, each time a family had 2 or maybe more pets, the possible risk of asthma or allergies for that child was normal levels.

The highest risk of all - an 11-fold increase - was discovered among children who had been prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic, including penicillin, were breastfed for four months, and didn't have any family pets. The study also found evidence how the more courses of antibiotics a young child received throughout their first 6 months, the larger was their chance of developing an allergy.

"I believe we have to become more prudent in prescribing them for kids at such a young age," said Dr. Christine Cole Johnson. "In the past, most of them were prescribed unnecessarily, especially for viral infections like colds and flus once they would have no effect anyway."

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