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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Las Cruces NM

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Las Cruces, NM. 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.

MRI of Las Cruces Inc
(505) 522-6631
2100 South Triviz Drive Suite D
Las Cruces, NM
Rio Grande Medical Group
(505) 546-6577
903 South Gold Avenue
Las Cruces, NM
Alliance Behavioral Health Counceling Center
(505) 647-3945
835 Spruce Avenue
Las Cruces, NM
Jain Pawan MD
(505) 522-5558
2467 South Telshor Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM
Dr. Beverly Jane V Lirio
(505) 532-8900
4351 E Lohman Ave Ste 301
Las Cruces, NM

Sun View Imaging Services
(505) 527-1078
1605 El Paseo Road
Las Cruces, NM
Fay Annette LaFon
(505) 525-3531
2611 N Main St
Las Cruces, NM
Family Practice, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

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Endoscopy Center of Las Cruces
(505) 522-3220
2407 South Telshor Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM
Dr. Jenifer M Lichtenfels
(505) 521-0630
2801 Missouri Ave Ste 27
Las Cruces, NM

De La Vega O Rene MD
(505) 521-1575
2525 South Telshor Boulevard Suite B
Las Cruces, NM
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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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