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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Sparks NV

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Sparks, NV. 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.

Vaguihelyi George MD
(775) 356-0100
2385 East Prater Way
Sparks, NV
 
Dr.Kevin Windisch
(775) 359-7111
975 Roberta Ln # 101B
Sparks, NV
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Pediatrician
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Melissa Ann Byram, MD
(775) 352-3555
2435 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr. Christine Lynn Hart
(203) 281-8396
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Kevin Merle Windisch
(775) 359-7111
975 Roberta Ln
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Jane E B Diedrichsen
(775) 358-1260
1001 Pyramid Way Ste 200
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Dr. Melissa Ann Byram
2435 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Pediatrics

Windisch Kevin M Faap
(775) 359-7111
975 Roberta Lane
Sparks, NV
 
Dianna Jean Thomas, MD
(775) 356-3553
2385 E Prater Way Ste 308
Sparks, NV
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sparks Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
(775) 359-7111
975 Roberta Lane
Sparks, NV
 
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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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