Early Antibiotic Use Can Lead to Childhood Asthma

When babies are given antibiotics, their risk of developing asthma could increase by 50 percent, according to new research. The results come from a study that followed 1400 children and mothers from the beginning of pregnancy until the children were six years old.

Previous research has suggested an association between asthma and antibiotics, but those studies could have been inaccurate because antibiotics are used to treat respiratory tract infections that could themselves be early symptoms of asthma.  The new study eliminated this bias by excluding children who were treated for respiratory infections.

According to Science Daily:

“... [T]he results should remind doctors and policymakers of the consequences of overuse of antibiotics.”

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