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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Parkersburg WV

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Parkersburg, WV. 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.

Christopher Todd Miller, MD
600 18th St Ste 404
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1993

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Onestinghel John MD
(304) 424-4205
1907 Ann Street
Parkersburg, WV
 
Hamarani Mirza MD
(304) 424-4777
600 18th Street
Parkersburg, WV
 
Asco Services
(304) 485-3836
1928 Ohio Avenue
Parkersburg, WV
 
Charles F Whitaker III, MD
(304) 424-4961
600 18th St Ste 304
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1970

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Ponce Francisco L MD Inc
(304) 485-3836
600 18th Street Suite 213
Parkersburg, WV
 
Hanna Stephan D MD - Office
(304) 424-4205
1907 Ann Street
Parkersburg, WV
 
Ponce Francisco L MD
(304) 428-0145
600 18th Street Suite 213
Parkersburg, WV
 
Cathy A Dailey, DO
(304) 428-9798
55 Meadowcrest Dr
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wv Sch Of Osteo Med, Lewisburg Wv 24901
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Skyline Med Ctr, Nashville, Tn
Group Practice: Community Medical Center

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Dr. Russell Anthony Miller
(304) 422-6682
1900 Garfield Ave Ste C
Parkersburg, WV
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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