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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Saint Cloud MN

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Saint Cloud, MN. 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.

Centracare Clinic - River Campus- Neurosurgery
(320) 240-2836
1200 6th Avenue North
Saint Cloud, MN
 
Oluade Abiona Ajayi, MD
(708) 404-6615
3607 S Oak Cir
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Lagos, Coll Of Med, Lagos, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1980

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Louis John Heck, MD
(614) 566-9683
1406 6th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Aultman Hosp, Canton, Oh

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St Cloud Medical Group PA - Central Clinic
(320) 251-8181
1301 West Saint Germain Street
Saint Cloud, MN
 
Patricia Scherrer, MD
(608) 246-1906
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1993

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Urology
(763) 520-7700
3366 Oakdale Avenue North Suite 409
Saint Cloud, MN
 
Dr. Sarah Renette Carter
(320) 534-2000
3018 30th Street Ct S
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Gary A Snead, DO
(651) 251-8181
1301 W Saint Germain St
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr. Louis John Heck
(614) 566-9683
1406 6th Ave S
Saint Cloud, MN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Beth Ann Donnelly
(320) 202-8949
1816 Prairie Hill Rd
Saint Cloud, MN
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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