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    Infant Antibiotic Exposure Tied to Celiac Disease and Many Other Childhood Health Disorders

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      A new study shows that infant antibiotic exposure is strongly tied to higher rates of celiac disease, and numerous other health conditions.

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    Celiac.com 11/30/2020 - Despite some good data on childhood antibiotic exposure, researchers still don't know much about the possible connections between antibiotic exposure in the first two years of life, and the risk of childhood immunological, metabolic, and neurobehavioral health conditions. A team of researchers recently set out to see what they could learn about potential connections between antibiotic exposure in the first two years of life, and the risk of childhood immunological, metabolic, and neurobehavioral health conditions.

    The research team included Zaira Aversa, MD, PhD; Elizabeth J. Atkinson, MS; Marissa J. Schafer, PhD; Regan N. Theiler, MD, PhD; Walter A. Rocca, MD; Martin J. Blaser, MD, and Nathan K. LeBrasseur, PhD. They are variously affiliated with the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; and the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.

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    For their population-based study, the team used the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical records-linkage system to look at data from all children born in Olmsted County, Minnesota, between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2011. They used the Rochester Epidemiology Project infrastructure to note demographic characteristics, antibiotic prescriptions, and diagnostic codes through June 30, 2017. They analyzed time-to-event to determine the influence of antibiotic exposure on the risk of numerous health problems.

    This study included 14,572 children, just over half of whom were boys. About 70% of the children had received at least 1 antibiotic prescription during the first 2 years of life. The team found that early antibiotic exposure was tied to an increased risk of childhood-onset asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, celiac disease, overweight, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The number, type, and timing of antibiotic exposure all influenced the connections. 

    Moreover, children exposed to antibiotics had a higher odds of developing multiple conditions, especially if they had received multiple prescriptions. The team's data points out strong associations between early life antibiotic exposure and several childhood health disorders. 

    The team calls for additional research to create practical guidelines for maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risk of antibiotics exposure in children.

    Read more at the Mayo Clinic Proceedings

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    My son was hospitalized at 3 weeks old for a fever of unknown origin. He was given IV antibiotics. He was grossly underweight and fell in the 10% until the age of 7 when he was diagnosed with Celiacs. He was also diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 6 as well as Auditory Processing Disorder. He still maintains an extremely slender weight often looking way too thin. He does not gain weight no matter what he eats and as a teenager he eats a lot. His titers are maintained but with a strict gluten-free diet. ANY gluten exposure causes immediate dumping. 

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    Many/most antibiotics work by killing off both good and bad bacteria resulting in a dysbiosis in the body.

    Taking a B-complex and Vitamin D can help restore healthy a Biome.

    See this new research that explains how B-Vitamins help regulate our Gut Bacteria

    Entitled "Vitamin B-(complex) and vitamin D as modulators of gut microbiota in overweight (and normal weight) individuals"


    I hope this is helpful but it is not medical advise.


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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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