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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Lubbock TX

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Lubbock, TX. 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 Bachar Al-Alami M D P A
(806) 792-8922
3813 22nd Street Suite E
Lubbock, TX
 
Thomas Allen Parker, MD
(303) 724-1601
3711 20th St
Lubbock, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert Lee Stinson Jones, MD
(806) 725-4630
3606 31st St # 107
Lubbock, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Cook-Fort Worth Childrens Med, Fort Worth, Tx; Harris Methodist-Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Tx
Group Practice: Fort Worth Pediatrics

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Johnson Mark MD Fccp
(806) 791-8484
3621 22nd Street
Lubbock, TX
 
David Robert Smith, MD
(806) 742-0012
3017 19th St
Lubbock, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: University Med Ctr, Lubbock, Tx
Group Practice: Faculty Practice Plan Texas Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr

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Avant O Lynn FACS
(806) 795-9384
4102 22nd Place
Lubbock, TX
 
Linda Aryain Robins, MD
(806) 796-2136
3606 21st St Ste 107
Lubbock, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1984

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Mark Allen Feist
(806) 725-5830
3506 21st St
Lubbock, TX
Specialty
Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Covenant Diagnostic Imaging - Business Office
(806) 792-2767
4005 24th Street
Lubbock, TX
 
Daly Margaret MD
(806) 797-2924
3506 21st Street Suite 301
Lubbock, TX
 
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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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