Antibiotics are the medications used to fight against diseases that are caused by the bacteria. But prescribing antibiotics for babies below 6 months of age is not advisable because the risk of asthma incident is increased.
This was explained on the basis of a study which was conducted in a University. The result was concluded was from the recent study on the continuous use of the medicines of Asthma in children.
The study showed that the consumption of antibiotics in babies below 6 months of age can elevate the risk of asthma incidence for nearly 2 to 3 percent. 1400 children were observed by the researchers to check if the antibiotics usage in early ages can actually increase the risk of asthma incidence in kids below 6 months of age.
It was found out that those participants went through antibiotics prescription while they were infants particularly before 6 months of age, due to some infection apart from chest infection. The participants didn’t show any history of the disease asthma in their own family.
The result stated the rise in the asthma risk; however the children never had a medical history of any kind of chest infection or a family history of the asthmatic disease. Researchers said that the prescription of antibiotics in the early stages can disrupt the balance of the protector micro-organisms in the intestine of the baby which can assist the body to fight against many diseases in early stages of life.
The early contact of micro-organism, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract is essential to form and balance the immune protector system in babies. The utilization of antibiotics, typically broad-spectrum antibiotics can alter the microbe environment of the gastrointestinal tract resulting in the low allergic response and misbalance of the immune protector systems as demonstrated by the researchers. The researcher also explained that the conclusion of the study can advise the other doctors to avoid the use of redundant antibiotics, particularly on children below the age of 6 months.
The relation does not explain that the use of antibiotic causes asthma, they warned because it may also be possible that some other factor causes both the need for antibiotics and asthma.
But the study is strong enough that doctors must be cautious while prescribing antibiotics in toddlers. In fact, this is the conclusion of the study. It reinforces to family doctors and pediatricians that excessive use of antibiotic has its own disadvantages. Until a kid actually requires an antibiotic, if there is some other way out which is not life-threatening or harmful to the child, they should be averted.
This study was conducted on mostly urban population, but kids in rural regions have a tendency of having less risk of asthma, maybe because of their exposure to larger range of pathogens like the endotoxin in the animal stool.
The hygiene study has been in limelight for many years as a possible demonstration for the increase in asthma risk incidence in western countries.