My daughter had amoxicillin prescribed for her when she was only four months old...
Antibiotic Prescriptions in the First Year of Life Increases the Risk of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Population-Based Analysis (Abstract #95)
"By comparing cases of pediatric IBD and antibiotic use, researchers from the University of Manitoba have discovered that infants who are prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may be three times more likely to develop lifelong IBD than children not exposed to antibiotics. Researchers believe that antibiotic use in infants can cause irrevocable impact to developing bowel flora, or bacteria, in the human bowel. Changes or irregularities in bowel flora are thought to be a potential cause of IBD. Bowel flora is established and remains relatively unchanged after one year of age. Taking antibiotics can temporarily change bowel flora, but after, use flora revert back...To confirm this study’s findings, more research with another population and larger sample sizes is necessary."
Souradet Y. Shaw, MD, will present these data on Sunday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. CT in 295-296, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.