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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Ames IA

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Ames, IA. 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.

Spencer Selden MD
(515) 239-4435
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
Lilanganie Weerasinghe, MD
(515) 663-8831
2903 Valley View Rd
Ames, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Peradeniya, Fac Of Med, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (Univ Sri Lanka)
Graduation Year: 1986

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McFarland Clinic PC - Medical Departments- Neurosu
(515) 239-4468
1015 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
McFarland Clinic PC - Medical Departments- Radiolo
(515) 239-4456
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
Kathleen J Foster Wendel, MD
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1984

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Larson David MD
(515) 239-4456
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
Edward George Nassif, MD
(515) 239-4482
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1975

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Dr. Jack Tracy Swanson
(515) 239-4404
PO Box 3014
Ames, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

McFarland Clinic PC
(515) 239-4435
303 Nicholas Drive
Ames, IA
 
Roberts Kris DO
(515) 239-4404
1215 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
 
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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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