Antibiotics for Infants Increase Childhood Obesity Risk

Prescribing Antibiotics to Infants Increases Childhood Obesity Risk – Oct 2016 – Pharmacy Times

The use of antibiotics before 2 years of age has been linked to an increased risk of early childhood obesity, suggest the results of a recent study.

Antibiotics have been used to promote weight gain in livestock for several decades, and our research confirms that antibiotics have the same effect in humans,” said study author Frank Irving Scott, MD, MSCE, in a press release.

“Our results do not imply that antibiotics should not be used when necessary, but rather encourage both physicians and parents to think twice about antibiotic usage in infants in the absence of well-established indications.”

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