Pregnant women should lower antibiotic use

5 March 2015

A new study has suggested that pregnant women whose child may be at risk of developing asthma should try and avoid using antibiotics.

The research examined nearly 300 mothers and children and found that more than a fifth (22 per cent) of the 103 babies born to mums who took antibiotics had developed asthma by the age of three. However, just 11 per cent of those who had not taken this medication were also diagnosed with the lung condition.

Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the findings wanted to especially focus on at-risk children whose parents already had asthma, hay fever or eczema.

Study author Brittany Lapin said the prevalence of asthma has doubled in developed countries in the last 30 years.

"The message to pregnant women is to avoid antibiotics to the extent that they can, and possibly avoid asthma development in their children," she said.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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