Research: Antibiotics In Babies Tied To Allergies In Kids
STUDY FINDS CORRELATION, BUT NOT CAUSATION, BETWEEN INFANT ANTIBIOTIC USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALLERGIES
Orlando, FL (WFTV) – A new study finds a link between babies getting antibiotics and developing allergies later in life.
Researchers discovered children who take antibiotics before turning six months are more likely to develop food allergies, asthma or dermatitis.
The correlation was found in a wide range of antibiotics, including those containing penicillin, sulfa, and the class of drugs azithromycin belongs to.
Scientists believe it may be due to how antibiotics affect gut bacteria.
It should be noted the study does not prove antibiotics cause allergies.
It’s possible children at increased risk of developing them are also more susceptible to bacterial infections requiring antibiotics.
The relationship was uncovered by analyzing almost 800,000 medical records.