Allergies Linked to Early Antibiotic Use
Antibiotics are sometimes required for infections that risk the life of an infant. But as we have discussed, there are natural antibiotics that can also deter infections. Furthermore, research is confirming that childhood antibiotics can lead to allergies later on.
Early antibiotic use by children is linked to an increase in allergy risk. Research has linked respiratory allergies, hay fever and other allergies to antibiotics.
Hay fever linked to antibiotic use
A 2017 study from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy followed over 3,000 people between 2006 to 2013. The study found that penicillin use increased the risk of respiratory tract allergies by more than eight times.
Other antibiotics increased the risk of respiratory tract allergies by nearly four times (377 percent). People with other types of allergies were four times as likely to have used penicillin use.
Children most affected by antibiotic use
A large study from Columbia has determined that childhood allergic rhinitis – also called hay fever or simply allergies – are associated with the use of antibiotics when the child was under one year old.
The research studied 3,256 schoolchildren between six and seven years old and 3,830 school kids from 13 to 14 years old. All the children were from Bogota, Colombia.
The research followed the methods established by the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood, or ISAAC.
The research found those children who took antibiotics in the first twelve months of life were 70% more likely to have allergies.
This confirms the association presented by other research showing that probiotic populations in the oral cavity and the gut are crucial for maintaining immunity as a child. A typical course of antibiotics will decimate our natural probiotic populations.
Likely for this very same reason, children born with cesarean delivery were 60% more likely to suffer from allergic rhinitis. The cesarean section eliminates the child passing through the full birthing canal – which inoculates the baby with critical probiotic organisms from the mother.
The research also found that the risk of allergic rhinitis significantly increased in children who were using acetaminophen within the last year.
Among the study population, over 30% of the children and over 36% of the teenagers reported allergic rhinitis. This represents a dramatic increase in the condition over the past decade.
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