Use of antibiotics early in life can reportedly lead to immune-related diseases. In animal studies, it has been shown that antibiotics change the intestinal microbiomes and reduce the diversity of bugs. The long term effects are unknown. The antibiotics they studied includes the macrolide family: Azithromycin and Clarithromycin.
The average child living in the United States will receive about 10-20 rounds of antibiotics by age 18.
Research indicates that it takes at least ONE YEAR for the intestinal microbiota to recover from antibiotic treatment, and if the child receives multiple courses of antibiotics during their first years, it may not have time to fully recover.
Not only have overuse of antibiotics led to antibiotic resistant bacteria, but damaging the microbiome can lead to conditions like obesity, allergies, eczema, asthma, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Diabetes and more!
Babies can begin having exposure to antibiotics in utero with almost 50% of pregnant women receiving antibiotics during labor. In addition, if babies are born by cesarean, they miss out on receiving the good bacteria from mom by going through the birth canal.
Research has shown that beginning infant probiotics can decrease the incidence of colic, eczema, allergies and asthma, and recently, the CDC has released new clinical guidelines applying strict criteria to determine when they are needed. It is estimated that about HALF of antibiotic prescriptions are unwarranted.
Things you can do to help protect your baby:
- Avoid the overuse of antibiotics by consulting with your Naturopath about alternative treatment options.
- If you received antibiotics during childbirth and/or had a C-section, talk to your ND about what probiotics are right for you and your baby.