ANOTHER REASON TO AVOID THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS
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We are all aware of the golden age of medicine, and the miraculous decrease in infectious diseases over the last hundred years.
Much of this has been due to the development of antibiotics.
The use of antibiotics, comes with many benefits as well of side effects as well.
Many of us already know that the natural flora in our gut which develops in the first day of life, especially among breast fed infants, contributes to a strong immune system.
Likewise, even the careful use of antibiotics in appropriate circumstances may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance , and the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and yeast.
Now, a recent study In "JAMA Pediatrics" has shown that the use of antibiotics, especially broad spectrum ("stronger") antibiotics in the first 2 years of life is associated with obesity in early childhood (ages 24-59 months). Obesity in early childhood may lead to obesity as an adult and contribute to the development of a myriad of associated illnesses.
It is not uncommon for a pediatrician to diagnose a probable viral infection in early childhood; one may question the withholding of the use of antibiotics, or using a simple first generation antibiotic rather than the use of a newer and more powerful drug.
I am proud that my practice has some of the lowest rates of antibiotic use in the area, and hope to continue to partner with parents to continue to use antibiotics only when it is absolutely necessary to do so.
Feel free to contact me with any of your questions and any of your other pediatric needs.
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