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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Camden NJ

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Camden, NJ. 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.

Folasade I Kehinde, MD
(215) 427-5202
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Mary Kline, MD
(215) 247-1172
7700 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Business
Kids First Chestnut Hill
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Gerald M Fendrick
(856) 757-3848
1533 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Vicky Abbott Fiedler
(609) 757-3650
1600 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Julie Sherman Whitney
(248) 596-0216
1 Cooper Plz
Camden, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Joel Mark Fiedler
(856) 435-1300
1012 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Anisha L Roussel
(856) 757-3700
1601 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Arsenia M Asuncion
(856) 342-2000
1 Cooper Plz
Camden, NJ
Specialty
Pediatrics, Critical Care (Intensivists), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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April M Douglass Bright, MD
(609) 863-6996
3 Cooper Plz
Camden, NJ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1991

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Kaufman Howard K DO
(856) 342-2491
1 Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ
 
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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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