Researchers show that intake of anti-suppressive medications and antibiotics during infancy leads to allergic diseases such as asthma, in childhood.
Researchers from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland conducted established an association between anti-suppressive medication during infancy and allergic diseases. Edward Mitre, lead author of the study said, “These medications are given frequently. In our study, we found that about 8% of all children received a prescription for acid-suppressive therapy.”
Pediatricians usually recommend that babies be given acid-suppressive medication, as they often cried when laid down a certain way, which was a symptom of gastric acidity, acid reflux or ulcers. They usually prescribe drugs such as ranitidine and lansoprazole. However, regurgitating food and appearing fussy is more so a normal development process for babies and not a disease.
“There are some infants with severe gastroesophageal reflux, who have disease from this and who warrant medical therapy, but it is probable that the vast majority do not. So we feel this study is important because it suggests that antibiotics and acid-suppressive medications should be used only in situations of clear clinical benefit, since we see this association with increased risk of allergies.” He said.
According to the National Institutes of Health, hay fever affects around 8% of adults and children, in the U.K., food allergies and intolerances affect around 8% of children and 2% of adults. According to the World Health Organization, asthma affects around 235 million people, globally, majorly found as a common chronic disease among children.
The research that aims to help decrease the incidence of such diseases, by making people aware about the direct association between giving infants anti-suppressive and them developing allergic reaction such as asthma during childhood.