We are often concerned about harmful bacteria (pathogens) that resist antibiotics. But the permanent use of antibiotics to alter the beneficial bacteria of our body can have more serious consequences. Let’s read this article to have knowledge of antibiotics with the growth in your child.
Do you know that when children walk and talk, their inner body is also experiencing another extremely important developmental process? It is the formation of a micro-organism that resides in the intestinal tract. It plays a role in digesting food, building a defense against pathogens, and even affecting the emotions.
A weak intestinal microflora is involved in allergies, obesity, enteritis and diabetes. But in order to develop a healthy gut microflora, children need to be exposed to a variety of different bacterial species.
How is this affected in the early years?
Recently, two scientific papers published in Science Translational Medicine have revealed interesting aspects of this process. Scientists from Langone Medical Center, New York University, Broad Institute, MIT, and Harvard University have discovered that the way babies are born, the foods and antibiotics they receive are proved to have effects on the intestinal organism.
According to studies, if more exposure to the microorganisms transmitted from the mother, through natural reproduction or breastfeeding time, the microflora in the baby will be healthier. In contrast, antibiotic therapy is indicated to have a negative impact on the infant’s microflora. Putting unnecessary antibiotics into the body reduces the variety, stability, and abundance of the microflora.
Two scientific papers also show how researchers collect data. Accordingly, they took fecal samples of 40 children from birth until they reached 2-3 years of age. The health of children and mothers is closely monitored in conjunction with changes in time of spool patterns.
An immediate effect also occurs after treatment, with populations of drug-resistant microorganisms popping up in numbers. It takes some time for them to go back to normal. Resistant organisms do not cause illness immediately, but they will stay there and wait. Once they break out and cause infection, treatment becomes more difficult at this time.
It must also be said that sometimes, antibiotics are necessary for the health of the child when a child has an infection and he or she cannot use his or her own immune system to counteract it.
To make sure the baby’s microbial populations are healthy, researchers recommend that antibiotics be used only “when needed and under the doctor’s prescription.” Antibacterial soaps and skin lotions are also limited for use. Intestinal bacteria are not an absolute guarantee of your baby’s health.
Antibiotics may not only be ineffective now, but also destroy the beneficial bacteria that help us maintain immunity and gut health. Fortunately, simple tests now can help doctors check when a child’s disease is caused by harmful bacteria. Let protect your child from the risks of antibiotic.
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Review Date: July 13, 2017 | Last Modified: July 13, 2017
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