This Is The Effect Of Taking Antibiotics On Children

Screen News: A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and Rutgers researchers said that children under the age of two years who take antibiotics are more likely to develop asthma, respiratory allergies, eczema, celiac disease, obesity, ADHD, in childhood.

Researchers monitored the health status of 14,572 children born between 2003 and 2011 in Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA, and 70 percent of them received at least one prescription of antibiotics during the first two years of their lives, especially for respiratory or ear infections.

The results are consistent with the hypothesis that the microbiome (the trillions of beneficial microorganisms that live in and on our bodies) play an important role in the early development of immunity, metabolism, and behavior.

"The development of drug-resistant bacteria is one of the unintended consequences of the overuse of antibiotics," said one of the authors of the research, Martin Blazer, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers. 

After previous studies looked at the association of antibiotics with single disease states, this is the first study to examine the association of antibiotics with many diseases.

The study found that antibiotics were associated with metabolic diseases (obesity and overweight), immune diseases (asthma, food allergies, and hay fever), and cognitive disorders (ADHD and autism), but the effects varied between different antibiotics, and cephalosporins were linked with multiple diseases. And with autism and food allergies.

The researchers also found that the risks increased with the number of antibiotics prescriptions, especially when given during the first six months of life.

"The results of Olmsted County provide evidence of the widespread and late effects of early antibiotic exposure and should alter the work of doctors and the number of times they prescribe antibiotics, especially in mild cases," Blazer concluded.

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