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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Chicago IL

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Sofia Salituro, MD
(847) 272-1005
4113 Dundee Rd
Northbrook, IL
Business
Sanders Court Pediatrics Ltd
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Farzana M Izhar, MD, FAAP
(312) 666-3877
1529 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1993

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Ryan Roberto Coates, MD
(312) 543-3232
Apt #4Q 910 West Lake St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Hagilandeswari Sekar, MD
832 800 S Wells St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mohankumaramangalam Medical College, Salem, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 2000

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Duelos Dessalines, MD
903 S Ashland Ave Apt 1006
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1997

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Carol Vance, MD
(559) 225-3300
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Neurology, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1980

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Maria Sherry Caimol, MD
Apt 804-A 901 S Ashland Av
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2001

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Angira Patel, MD
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 2003

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Jose Manuel Renteria Alvarez, MD
(312) 996-6043
901 S Ashland Ave Apt 1104A
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2000

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Ximena Lopez, MD
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ La Salle, Esc Mexicana De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 2001

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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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