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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Albuquerque NM

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Albuquerque, NM. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to ear infection prevention for infants, ear infection treatments, audiologists, and hearing loss treatment, as well as advice and content on eardrops, earwax removal, hearing loss, and conditions of the ear.

J Waldman
(505) 272-5551
3rd Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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Dr. Galen Paige Barnes
(505) 275-0801
8306 Robin Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Pediatrics

Buntain W M MD
(505) 224-7478
201 Cedar Street Southeast
Albuquerque, NM
 
Sylvia Negrete, MD
(505) 272-2345
915 Camino de Salud,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1992

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Neuroeval Limited
(505) 296-2066
7912 Palo Duro Avenue Northeast
Albuquerque, NM
 
Chavez Rhonda MD
(505) 265-7817
3410 Indian School Road Northeast
Albuquerque, NM
 
Michael Hensley Clayton, MD
(505) 296-5426
2509 Virginia St NE Ste A
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1982

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Linnea L Wittick
(505) 272-8950
2211 Lomas Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Stewart Louis Duban, MD
(505) 272-5551
2211 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1966

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Stanley Handmaker
(505) 272-5551
3rd Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

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November 3, 2007: 8:04 am: Dr. Neil Ear Problems

Breast-Feeding Reduces Ear Infections

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
 

Here’s a shocking statistic.

Next to the common cold, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed childhood illness in the United States. More than 3 out of 4 children have had at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. (1)

This high incidence of ear infections in totally unnecessary as the solution to reducing the incidence of ear infections in babies has been known for decades, namely breast-feeding your baby for a minimum of 6 months, and preferably 1 year or longer.

You see, breast-feeding is the natural way to help fight infections in your baby. Researchers have discovered that antibodies passed to the baby by a nursing mother help lower the occurrence of many conditions including ear infections, respiratory infections, allergies and asthma. Breast-feeding also contributes to the infant’s immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of bacteria and viruses. As a group, formula-fed babies have more infections and more hospitalizations than do breast-fed babies. (2)

Another benefit to breast-feeding is the way you hold a baby to breast-feed it. Breast-feeding keeps the baby at an angle which helps keep the Eustachian tubes clear and hence, fewer ear infections. In contrast, bottle-fed babies tend to lie flat and that allows “gunk” (to use a fancy medical term) to get in the baby’s Eustachian tubes and run up to the middle ear where it causes infections. (1)

Now researchers have found even more evidence of the efficacy of breast-feeding. They have found that breast-feeding protects children otherwise made susceptible to ear infections by abnormalities in specific human genes.

About 19% of children are prone to chronic and recurrent middle ear infections (Otitis media). Although researchers have long known that genetics plays a part in this increased vulnerability, they never knew the exact mechanism involved.

“We know that the tendency to get this infection runs in families, and so we decided to look for small variations—what we call ‘single-nucleotide polymorphisms,’ or SNPs—in three important genes that produce inflammatory signaling molecules for the immune system,” said Janak Patel, a professor in the infectious disease division of UTMB’s Department of Pediatrics. “Two of them stood out on their own as signals of increased risk.”

The two identified genes generate the immune proteins known as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin 6 (IL-6). SNPs in each individual gene were enough, the researchers found, to create increased risk for childhood ear infections, and simultaneous SNPs in both genes created even more risk. The researchers believe that the particular var...

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