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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Hot Springs National Park AR

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Hot Springs National Park, AR. 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.

Hawn Kenneth D MD
(501) 321-1314
1920 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Griffin James E MD
(501) 624-5422
100 Ridgeway Street
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Borg Robert V MD
(501) 624-5422
100 Ridgeway Street
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Martin Jana M MD
(501) 321-1314
1920 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Desoto David J MD
(501) 321-9803
1900 Malvern Avenue Suite 304
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Discerning Neurologic Consultants P A
(501) 624-6613
506 West Grand Avenue
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Hot Springs Diagnostic Associates
(501) 321-9803
1900 Malvern Avenue Suite 304
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Gia D Miller, MD
(501) 321-1314
1920 Malvem Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1999

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Laffoon Gregory A MD
(501) 624-5700
1900 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs National, AR
 
Dr.Jana Martin
(501) 321-1314
1920 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Gender
F
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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