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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Greenville NC

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Greenville, NC. 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. Robert G Auton Jr
(252) 757-0395
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Robert G Auton Jr, MD
(252) 757-0395
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1988

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Kathryn W Kerkering, MD
(252) 744-0283
3E142J Brody Bldg 500 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr. Renee T Cockrell
(252) 328-4480
Irons Bldg-Oglesby Dr
Greenville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Sarah Rose Mangum, MD
1204 E Fire Tower Rd
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1991

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Christine C Whitel, MD
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1989

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Daniel Wade Mc Kenney, MD
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Philip Edward Neff, MD
(252) 816-4676
Dept Of Peds 600 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Ronald W Humbert, MD
(252) 816-4676
288 W Teaching Annex
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Centre Med Univ, Fac De Med, Geneve, Switzerland (Univ De Geneve)
Graduation Year: 1964

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Jessica R Nichols, MD
Brody 3E 139
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2002

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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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