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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Chandler AZ

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Chandler, 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.

Dr. Reyna Lynn Cuellar
(480) 262-0470
1580 E San Tan St
Chandler, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Julie Ann Jervis
(708) 747-5311
1904 W Periwinkle Way
Chandler, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Mara Lynn Burroughs Hover, MD
(980) 899-0390
1772 W Spruce Dr
Chandler, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Mark James Gentile, MD
(480) 857-0222
908 W Chandler Blvd Ste B-4
Chandler, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr. Aleta Best Da Silva
(480) 753-3522
4523 S Wildflower Pl
Chandler, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Robert Quinones Murillo
(480) 775-4030
2423 W Enfield Way
Chandler, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Reyna Lynn Cuellar, MD
(480) 262-0470
1580 E San Tan St
Chandler, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Triple R Behavioral Health Inc
(480) 786-6629
2141 North Evergreen Street Apt 1049
Chandler, AZ
 
Shannon E Skinner, MD
(480) 344-6100
811 S Hamilton St
Chandler, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1996

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Ankur Manharlal Bant, MD
3940 S Nebraska St
Chandler, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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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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