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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Casa Grande AZ

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Casa Grande, AZ. 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.

Sunshine Child and Adolescent Care
(520) 423-8282
633 East Cottonwood Lane
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Kazi Nadeem A MD
(520) 426-1928
1820 East Florence Boulevard
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Natalie A Teng
(520) 836-5538
560 N Camino Mercado
Casa Grande, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Parkin Douglas E MD
(520) 836-5538
560 North Camino Mercado
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Spiess Steven MD
(520) 836-2424
1760 East Florence Boulevard Suite 220
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Dr. Robert Joseph Kull
(520) 836-5538
560 N Camino Mercado Ste 7
Casa Grande, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Desert Reflections Imaging Center
(520) 381-9729
1828 East Florence Boulevard Suite 118
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Steven I Spiess, MD
(520) 836-2424
1760 E Florence Blvd Ste 220
Casa Grande, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Del Noreste, Esc De Med, Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Casa Grande Reg Med Ctr, Casa Grande, Az
Group Practice: Casa Grande Pediatrics

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Alexandru Bogdan Tanase, MD
(520) 423-8282
633 E Cottonwood Ln Ste A
Casa Grande, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1993

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Kull Robert J MD
(520) 836-5538
560 North Camino Mercado
Casa Grande, AZ
 
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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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