A study by the University of Minnesota, as published in Cell Host & Microbe – Antibiotics, Pediatric Dysbiosis, and Disease, Volume 17, Issue 5 – 13 May 2015; has found a three-way link attributed to antibiotic use in infants that changes gut bacteria and disease later in life.
One of the key findings, mentioned above as changes to gut bacteria, is commonly referred to as Dysbiosis or otherwise as an “imbalance between protective and harmful intestinal bacteria” (Tamboli, Neut, Desreumaux & Colombel 2004).
The Science Daily article cited above breaks it down relatively simply for us “non-scientific” people:
- 25% of accounted for medication prescribed to children are antibiotics (1/3 or just of 8% of these prescriptions are considered unnecessary).
- Studies have shown links between antibiotic use and unbalanced gut bacteria.
- Studies have shown links between unbalanced gut bacteria and adult disease(s).
- Gut bacteria that was not allowed to help the immune system mature ‘correctly’ resulted in an impaired immune system – have far reaching effects including allergies, affects to metabolism (in turn affecting issues such as obesity), and even linked to Asthma.
These are merely a few key points extracted from the published study, and certainly provides food for thought when considering the use of antibiotics, as prescribed by a physician within infants and children.