A study has found a link between infants who took antacids or antibiotics and the development of asthma. What could be the cause of this fate? Our body’s immune starts in the gut and if we impair it while it’s developing, brace for impact.
Researchers believe that antacids and antibiotics interrupt the normal balance of the microbiome. Gut bacteria play a role in helping the body dispatch the immune system, when needed. Asthma is a chronic condition where the lungs are hypersensitive to irritants and inflammation.
While our immune system is learning how to allow or disallow certain antigens into our body, it’s possible that if an infant is taking either of these class of drugs during the antigen exposure – it could be interrupted. This could be a viable reason for asthma developing in the child.
Keeping your infant in an acid-free bubble or letting them suffer mercilessly with an infection is clearly not an option. So what can we do to avoid weakening the immune system learning process?
Minimizing the risk of bacteria infections is another story. If you need an antibiotic, it’s non negotiable. But an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You’ve got little people to protect. Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect!
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