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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants North Little Rock AR

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in North Little Rock, AR. 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.

Bob Grosser, MD
(501) 771-3871
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robbie D Pesek, MD
(501) 364-1874
4808 Arlington Drive (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Cash David L MD
(501) 753-8444
4701 Fairway Avenue
North Little Rock, AR
 
Laura Elizabeth Wilson, MD
(501) 835-6117
5817 Petit Jean River (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1997

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Ziegler Aubrey W
(501) 663-8400
2504 McCain Boulevard Suite 118
North Little Rock, AR
 
Arkansas Otolaryngology Center
(501) 753-8444
4701 Fairway Avenue
North Little Rock, AR
 
Kelly Dawn Black, MD
(501) 364-1874
2003 Dakota Drive (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Petrus Gary M MD
(501) 758-9800
2504 McCain Boulevard Suite 114
North Little Rock, AR
 
Krystal Leigh Castle, DO
(501) 812-5378
724 W D Ave (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2005

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Tanna Michelle Thompson, MD
(901) 363-5617
5405 Timber Creek Ln (H)
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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