Is It Safe to Give Your Child Antibiotics?

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Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Infants are exposed to germs that their newly developing immune system often cannot fight off on its own. In order to treat those nasty infections, many pediatricians will prescribe your child an oral antibiotic. But are these medications safe?

Although these antibiotics have their benefits, there may also be some downsides to their usage. Recently, results posted in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that using acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics in infants could increase the risk of potential allergies later in childhood.

The study looked to see if children who took acid-suppressive medications or antibiotics developed any allergies or allergic diseases. Overall, researchers found that exposure to acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics in the first six months of life could increase the risk for allergies and allergy diseases like asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, and urticaria.

The following are some medications that may increase the risk for allergies and allergic diseases.

Acid-suppressive medications:

Antibiotics:

If your child is 6 months of age or younger, you may want to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about the risks of these medications. Acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics should be used during infancy only in situations of clear clinical benefit.

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