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Asthma from early antibiotic use
Source: New Straits Times, January 18, 2011
   
 

Babies given antibiotics before they are six months old are up to 70 per cent more likely to develop asthma later in childhood, according to a study.  Researchers found that infants treated with the drugs faced a 40 per cent rise in risks of the incurable condition if they were prescribed a single course of treatment in the first few months of life.  The danger increases by 70 per cent if they were given a second batch of drugs for hard-to-treat infections.

The findings from Yale University concluded that there is a strong link, even after allowing for other factors that might explain why some children go on to get asthma, such as a family history of the disease.  The researchers blamed the drugs for upsetting the balance of protective microbes in a baby’s gut which help to ward of illness in the early stages of life.


   
     
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