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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Meridian ID

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Meridian, ID. 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. Matthew Hughes Joyce
745 S Progress Ave
Meridian, ID
Specialty
Pediatrics

Eric Roy
(208) 884-1030
1620 S Celebration Ave
Meridian, ID
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Brandy Welch, MD, FAAP
745 S Progress Ave
Meridian, ID
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2001

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Dr.KIMBERLY FERGUISON
(208) 884-2900
745 South Progress Avenue
Meridian, ID
Gender
F
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.3, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Welch Brandy MD Pediatrics
(208) 884-2900
745 South Progress Avenue
Meridian, ID
 
Williams Joseph H MD
(208) 887-6622
520 South Eagle Road
Meridian, ID
 
Digestive Health Clinic
(208) 706-5230
520 South Eagle Road Suite 3205
Meridian, ID
 
Idaho Gastroenterology Associates LLP
(208) 887-3724
520 South Eagle Road Suite 3110
Meridian, ID
 
Dr.Matthew Joyce
(208) 321-4609
520 S Eagle Rd # 1200
Meridian, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Pediatrician
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Dr. George Crosby Booth
(208) 884-1030
1620 S Celebration Ave
Meridian, ID
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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