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Ear Infection Prevention for Infants Surprise AZ

Local resource for ear infection prevention for infants in Surprise, AZ. 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.

Amy M Huber, DO
(623) 433-8788
16032 W Gelding Dr
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ny Coll Of Osteo Med Of Ny Inst Of Tech, Old Westbury Ny 11568
Graduation Year: 1998

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Mark C Sivakoff
(623) 546-2294
16560 N Dysart Rd
Surprise, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Safeway Pharmacy
(623) 975-4030
14505 West Grand Avenue
Surprise, AZ
 
Dr. Le Hien Vu
(218) 741-0150
14418 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Pediatrics

Le Hien Vu, MD
(218) 741-0150
14418 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1996

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Ann Buell, MD
7219 N Litchfield Rd
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 2000

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Mark Charles Sivakoff, MD
(623) 546-2294
16560 N Dysart Rd Ste A
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1973

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Berman Michael I Do Faap
(623) 556-5437
14300 West Granite Valley Drive
Sun City West, AZ
 
Rodney Mark Jackson, MD
(623) 556-5437
14300 W Granite Valley Dr
Sun City West, AZ
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mercer Univ Sch Of Med, MacOn Ga 31207
Graduation Year: 1987

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Seaver Linda MD
(623) 584-4695
13907 West Camino Del Sol
Sun City West, AZ
 
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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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