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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Myrtle Beach SC

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Myrtle Beach, SC. 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. Richard William Hussey
(301) 560-1659
4573 Oleander Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Lisa Marie Tarbert
(502) 266-9316
4615 Oleander Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Alfonso L Sangtian Jr, MD
(843) 903-1327
4901 Westwind Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Conway Hosp, Conway, Sc
Group Practice: Coastal Pediatrics

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Joseph Wylie Ragsdale, MD
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1984

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Management Services Network
(843) 467-2676
4593 Oleander Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Richard William Hussey, MD
4573 Oleander Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 2000

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Leibman Daniel Fccp
(843) 449-5864
1301 48th Avenue North Suite C
Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Dr. Penelope Anne Campbell
(859) 381-9460
3775 Rice Hope Ct
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Conway Health Center
(843) 497-0662
4810 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC
 
Lisa Marie Tarbert, MD
4615 Oleander Dr
Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 2000

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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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