Antibiotics Before 2 Years Old

Written by Dr. Alyssa Puorro

Why is it the norm that children, on average, take 2-3 prescription drugs per year? Is  that even necessary? Prescription medications can be life saving in some situations,  however the high degree to which they are given out continues to be an ongoing  concern.  

In a new study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that, “Antibiotics administered to  children younger than 2 are associated with several ongoing illnesses or conditions,  ranging from allergies to obesity.” These included asthma, celiac disease, food allergies,  allergic rhinitis, ADHD, and negative effects to the microbiome.  

The bacteria of the microbiome are widely important in many functions of the body,  including: digestion, immunity, protection against disease, vitamin production, as well  as playing a role in anxiety, mood, and cognition. It is therefore essential to keep the  microbiome healthy and intact.  

With the growing over-use of antibiotics, it is important to keep in mind a few things, to  best avoid these associated effects. Antibiotics are ineffective in the use of viral  infections. The following common viral infections are very likely to go away on their  own in a few days: colds, flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, and ear infections.  

According to the Oman Medical Journal, “It is a well known fact that these common  infections in children are mostly viral and self limiting, thus antibiotics are most often  unnecessary. Yet across the world, more than 50% of children with upper respiratory  tract infection are treated with antibiotics, and receive on average 2-3 prescriptions per  year.”  

The most important thing you can do when your child isn’t feeling their best is to get  them adjusted. Getting adjusted puts the body into healing mode, encouraging quicker  recovery. It is also important to encourage rest, fluids, and a healthy intake of nutrients,  to equip your child’s body with all it needs to bounce back. And remember that your  child’s brain and body are incredibly smart and equipped with the capacity to fend off  invaders.  


https://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/antibiotics-for-respiratory-illness in-children/ 

https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/docserver/fulltext/micro/156/11/3216.pdf? expires=1606361675&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=5F2620B42D4908425771E48 BA3FCD9CEhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5962619/ https://depts.washington.edu/ceeh/downloads/FF_Microbiome.pdf

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