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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Bangor ME

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Bangor, ME. 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.

Eastern Maine Medical Center - Norumbega Medical-
(207) 941-1155
302 Husson Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Musavi Monir MD
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
Scott Joseph Clough, MD
(207) 941-1155
302 Husson Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr. Teresa Tolson Malmer
(207) 945-3843
45 Linden St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

John F Milliken, MD
(207) 947-0147
1048 Union St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1980

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Mary Ellen Gellerstedt, MD
(207) 866-4024
417 State St # 310
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1975

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Dr. C Elizabeth Trefts
(207) 947-0147
1048 Union St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Leonardo Leonor Leonidas
(207) 947-6739
700 Mount Hope Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatrics

Adenike A Opaleke
(207) 947-0558
498 Essex St
Bangor, ME
Specialty
Pediatric Neurology

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Kuntz Eric MD
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
 
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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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