Asthma Risk Increases with Early Antibiotics
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Friday, May 16, 2014 03:04 PM

Kids treated with antibiotics before their first birthday have increased risk of asthma, researchers reported.

And the risk increases the more often antibiotics are prescribed, according to Kenneth Mandl, MD, of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues.

The finding supports the so-called hygiene and microbiota hypotheses put forward to explain the increasing prevalence of asthma.

The association doesn't prove that antibiotic use causes asthma, they cautioned, but the finding is sufficiently strong that doctors should be careful when prescribing antibiotics for infants, they argued.