Antibiotics Use In Babies May Increase Childhood Asthma Risks
Posted Jan 27 2011 6:15pm
When babies are given antibiotics, their risk of developing asthma by age 6 may increase by as much as50 percent.
The relationship between antibiotic use in babies less than six months old and risk of developing asthma has been clearly documented in a study conducted by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher Kari Risnes.
The research was conducted while Risnes was a visiting researcher at Yale University, and the recent online publication of the article in the American Journal of Epidemiology has received considerable attention in the United States.
“Asthma is a very common disease. At the same time, about one-third of infants in our study were treated with antibiotics by the time they were six months old. This proportion is about 30 per cent in other Western countries,” says Risnes.