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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Fort Wayne IN

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Fort Wayne, IN. 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.

Kenneth Carter Schaab, MD
700 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1989

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Goldy Beatriz Carbunaru
(260) 458-2641
1717 S Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

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MD Imaging
(260) 435-7956
Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Allen County Radiology Associates Inc - Administra
(260) 424-0490
1515 Hobson Road
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Dr. Lalitha Sayed
(260) 422-2448
3030 Lake Ave Ste 10
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Goldy Beatriz Carbunaru, MD
(260) 458-2641
1717 S Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central De Venezuela, Esc De Med "luis Razetti", Caracas
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr. Goldy Beatriz Carbunaru
(260) 458-2641
1717 S Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Giffin- Charles - If No Answer Dial
(260) 482-3654
10021 Dupont Circle Court
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Carew Family Physicians
(260) 373-8070
1900 Carew Street Suite 3
Fort Wayne, IN
 
William John Lewis, MD
(260) 373-6940
2200 Randallia Dr
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Parkview Mem Hosp, Fort Wayne, In; Lutheran Hosp -Indiana, Fort Wayne, In

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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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