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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Rapid City SD

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Rapid City, SD. 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.

Setliff Reuben C III MD
(605) 348-9714
1136 Jackson Boulevard
Rapid City, SD
 
Marotti Louis J DO
(605) 348-9714
1136 Jackson Boulevard
Rapid City, SD
 
Keith Blair St Amand, MD
(605) 385-3354
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1997

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Costas Hercules, MD
(605) 342-4242
RR 1 Box 2665
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1969

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Patrick Dennis De Mars, MD
(858) 565-9666
5021 Ireland Pl
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp & Med Ctr, San Diego, Ca
Group Practice: Anesthesia Service Medical Grp

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Jeanne Elise Hendrickson, MD
(605) 716-4547
5026 Hansen Ln
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1999

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Dr. Costas Hercules
(605) 342-4242
RR 1 Box 2665
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Pediatrics

Black Hills Imaging Center
(605) 721-4900
1868 Lombardy Drive
Rapid City, SD
 
Dr. Jeanne Elise Hendrickson
(605) 716-4547
5026 Hansen Ln
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Pediatrics

Mary Sibert Fox
(605) 355-2423
3200 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD
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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