Children under 2 years of age use many antibiotics prone to obesity

Infants and young children under 2 years of age who get treated with antibiotics too soon will have a higher risk of becoming obese later.

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This is the result of a study by scientists from Philadelphia Children's Hospital, USA, published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) issued on September 29.

To carry out this study, experts tracked the medical records of nearly 65,000 children treated in health centers during the 2001-2013 period.


More than 70% of these were treated with broad spectrum antibiotics before 2 years of age.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics are antibiotics that work with different types of bacteria and are often used to treat common infections.

The study results showed that the risk of obesity in the surveyed children increased from 2-20%, mainly in children under 2 years of age who received antibiotics more than 4 times.

Meanwhile, children aged 2-4 years are more likely to be obese and overweight than those who do not use antibiotics.

Also according to the study, children treated with narrow-spectrum antibiotics , antibiotics that only work on some bacteria, do not risk future weight problems.

The expert group recommended limiting the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in treatment and prioritizing the use of narrow spectrum antibiotics. According to them, the indiscriminate antibiotic prescribing doctors and parents abusing antibiotics for young children also cause resistance to the disease is increasingly popular.

Obesity is one of the major problems of the US health sector. In recent years, health authorities in this country have promoted many advocacy campaigns, thereby urging doctors to limit antibiotic prescriptions for children and popularizing for parents about harms. of antibiotics.

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