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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Birmingham AL

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Birmingham, AL. 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.

Hernan Moreno, MD
(205) 995-0899
200 Riverhills Business Park
Birmingham, AL
Business
Growing Up Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Shannon M Murphy
(205) 933-2750
806 St Vincents Drive
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Jessica M Ammons
(205) 212-9717
1703C 14th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Elizabeth Cason Benton
(205) 939-6973
1616 Sixth Avenue South 201 Children's Midtown Cen
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

Ryan Mc Donald Walley, MD
(205) 939-1250
806 Saint Vincents Dr Ste 410
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1998
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Redmont Pediatric Assoc

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Mathisen Jan Dr
(205) 933-5187
806 Saint Vincents Drive
Birmingham, AL
 
Millie M McDaniel
(205) 326-6993
2316 7th Ave S Ste 100
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Botsford Kenneth B MD PHYS
(205) 918-4075
833 Saint Vincents Drive
Birmingham, AL
 
Radiology Associates of Alabama PC
(205) 581-9544
2101 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
 
Jennifer Nobles Chambers
(205) 939-9585
1616 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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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