Many children develop asthma but until now there has been little clarity as to why. For years, children had been treated for ear infections with antibiotics and may have developed asthma because of it.
A new study published in the journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology that there may be a link between the development of asthma later in life for children and early antibiotic use.
Antibiotic overuse has been blamed for everything from obesity to antibiotic resistance, and other methods such as spinal manipulation may be a better way to treat ear infections without the side effects and unexpected systemic effects of antibiotics.
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Early Antibiotic Use Associated With Asthma Risk in Children
No significant associations in the asthma cohort studies, PACMAN and BREATHE, with early antibiotic use and asthma exacerbations later in life.No significant associations in the asthma cohort studies, PACMAN and BREATHE, with early antibiotic use and asthma exacerbations later in life.
Antibiotic use in the first 3 years of life is associated with the risk of asthma later in childhood, according to a study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. The risk of asthma exacerbations in children given antibiotics in early childhood, however, was inconsistent in a meta-analysis.
Fariba Ahmadizar, PharmD, PhD, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and colleagues studied data from 4 childhood cohorts. Two population-based cohorts examined the risk of developing asthma: Generation R, a prospective Dutch study of 7393 children from fetal life to young adulthood and SEATON, a birth cohort of 2000 children from Scotland. The outcomes of the studies were based on physician-diagnosed asthma by age 9 to 10 years in the Generation R study and at age 10 in the SEATON.