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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Saint Petersburg FL

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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.

Ann Elaine Rody Winkler, MD
(727) 323-2727
2855 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: All Childrens Hosp, St Petersburg, Fl; Bayfront Med Ctr, St Petersburg, Fl
Group Practice: Cordes Patranella & Winkler

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Boljestic Dunja K MD
(727) 347-4403
6449 38th Avenue North Suite J4
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Chandarana Himanshu MD
(727) 345-8179
6450 38th Avenue North Suite 330
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Pamela M Patranella
(727) 323-2727
2855 5th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Jeffrey Alan Hirschfield, MD
(727) 381-4305
6499 38th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1994

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Florida Fertility Institute
(727) 341-1991
3268 66th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Borges Fernando D MD
(727) 381-8667
3451 66th Street North Suite B
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Ann R Winkler, MD, FAAP
(727) 323-2727
2855 5th Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1983

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Cross Kelli MD
(727) 323-2727
2855 5th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Florida Community Cancer Center
(727) 384-3735
6449 38th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
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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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