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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Billings MT

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Billings, MT. 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.

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Systems
(406) 238-6345
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 330W
Billings, MT
 
Dr.Marian Kummer
(406) 238-6600
1232 N 30th St # 200
Billings, MT
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Hospital: ChildrenS Clinic
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Dr. Marian Elizabeth Kummer
(406) 238-6600
1232 N 30th St Ste 2
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Brian Layton Starr
(406) 238-2500
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kari Lynn Steffen, MD
(414) 266-3426
1233 N 30th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1993

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Northern Rockies Pain Rehabilitation Center
(406) 238-6650
2900 12th Avenue North
Billings, MT
 
Camacho Art
(406) 238-6650
2900 12th Avenue North Suite 400E
Billings, MT
 
Dr.Gordon Collette
(406) 238-6600
1232 N 30th St # 200
Billings, MT
Gender
M
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Hospital: St. Vincents Childrens Clinic
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Tomaszewski M MD
(406) 252-3222
1020 North 27th Street Suite 315
Billings, MT
 
Joan Sorenson
(406) 238-2500
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
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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