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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Kansas City MO

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Kansas City, MO. 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.

Carole Elizabeth Freiberger, MD
(816) 522-4185
918 E 5th St # 2
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2002

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Suraiya Rahman
(816) 234-3000
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Majed Dasouki, MD
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1982

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Cynthia Marquelle Dean
(816) 234-3000
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Kevin Joseph Kelly, MD
(816) 234-3370
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Froedtert Mem Lutheran Hosp, Milwaukee, Wi; Childrens Hosp Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wi
Group Practice: Asthma Allergy Ctr

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Stephen A Klem
(816) 234-3041
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

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Lisa M Castro
(816) 234-3593
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Jadranka Popovic, MD
(816) 234-3804
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Zagreb, Med Fak, Zagreb, Croatia
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jennifer Rose Andrews
(913) 234-3772
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Sarah Connors Petersen
(816) 234-3582
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Pediatrics

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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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