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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Baton Rouge LA

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Baton Rouge, LA. 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.

Dr. Rodger H Elofson
(225) 928-0867
8040 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Tiffanny Patrice Chevalier
(225) 927-7480
8786 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr.Christopher Funes
(225) 925-9797
8415 Goodwood Blvd # 104
Baton Rouge, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1997
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Gregory Gelpi
(225) 926-4400
888 Tara Blvd # F
Baton Rouge, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Jacqueline G Williams, MD
(225) 231-7096
4609 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1981

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Morris Jed MD
(225) 387-0851
4045 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
 
L S U Healthcare Network
(225) 381-2755
3401 North Boulevard Suite 400
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Say Douglas G MD
(225) 387-0851
4045 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Wallace Hart Dunlap, MD
(225) 926-4400
888 Tara Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Baton Rouge Gen Med Ctr, Baton Rouge, La; Our Lady Of Lake Regional Med, Baton Rouge, La; Womans Hospital, Baton Rouge, La
Group Practice: Pediatric Clinic

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Jayasankaran P Mukkasnnairu
(225) 765-5633
8415 Goodwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
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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