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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Columbia SC

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Columbia, SC. 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. Thomas Francis Brady
(803) 256-0531
1301 Taylor St
Columbia, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Carolina Center for Fertility & Endocrinology
(803) 779-6320
1410 Blanding Street Suite 205
Columbia, SC
 
Faber Theodore T MD - Office
(803) 254-6391
1333 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC
 
Thompson Tab E MD
(803) 256-7076
2750 Laurel Street Suite 203
Columbia, SC
 
Laurel Endocrine Associates PA
(803) 256-3534
1740 Saint Julian Place
Columbia, SC
 
Midlands Pediatrics
(803) 254-4257
2712 Middleburg Drive Suite 101
Columbia, SC
 
Shissias Charles G MD - Office
(803) 254-6391
1333 Taylor Street Suite 1C
Columbia, SC
 
Arroyo Julio Dr
(803) 791-3983
206 Medical Circle West
Columbia, SC
 
Ingraham David M MD
(803) 799-2219
2750 Laurel Street Suite 201
Columbia, SC
 
Williams Eddie M III MD
(803) 256-4343
2712 Middleburg Drive
Columbia, SC
 

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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