Canadian research has once again found that giving antibiotics to children in the very early years increases the risk that they will get asthma. . . . This meta-analysis looked at eight studies in which antibiotics were given in the first year of life. It included 12,082 kids. It found that children were twice as likely to develop asthma when they had received at least one prescription of antibiotics. That's double the risk from one round. Each additional round of antibiotics increased the risk by another 16%. (3) This study is not the first to find this serious result. As we report in the current issue of The Natural Path (Vol.9, No.7), earlier research has also found that giving antibiotics to children increases the risk of asthma. One study found that the risk was especially great when the antibiotics were given in the first year (Clin Exp Allergy 1999), while the other found that the risk increased when antibiotics were given in the first two years (Thorax 1998). For natural alternatives to antibiotics, see The Natural Path Vol.7, No.7.

  • (3) Chest (2006;129:610-618)

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