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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Honolulu HI

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Honolulu, HI. 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.

Se Mo Suh, MD
(808) 946-1414
1441 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yonsei Univ, Coll Of Med, Sudai-Moon-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1954

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Ian Nui Chun
(808) 586-2900
1356 Lusitana St Fl 4
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Shigeko Okamoto Lau, MD
(808) 599-4004
1100 Ward Ave Ste 1065
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1976

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Dr. Ming Chen
(808) 531-8874
55 S Kukui St Ste C109
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Badua Marina A MD
(808) 524-2575
94-239 Waipahu Depot Suite STE
Honolulu, HI
 
Ann Barbara Ho Yee, MD
(808) 523-7573
848 S Beretania St Ste 408
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1961

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Ballinger James Ray MD
(808) 522-4000
Straub Clinic & Hosp
Honolulu, HI
 
Nadine Tenn Salle, MD
Ste 701 Queens POB II 1329 Lusitana St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1998

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Anthony Guerrero
(808) 535-5975
677 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1025
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dwight Koon Chew Yim, MD
(808) 432-2481
1010 Pensacola St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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