Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Sept. 30, 2014, The Washington Post

By Ariana Eunjung Cha

When a parent carrying a screaming toddler with a middle-ear infection or other common ailment shows up, many pediatricians instinctively reach for their prescription pads. Despite warnings about the risk of resistance, antibiotics remain one of the most frequently used weapons in routine care. But now doctors have another reason to be cautious: the risk of obesity.

In a study published online Sept. 30 by JAMA Pediatrics, researchers reviewed records from about 65,000 children from 2001 to 2013 and found that almost 70 percent received antibiotics before age 2. On average, each child received 2.3 courses. Continue reading

Antibiotics too soon may set babies up for obesity: Study

Aug. 21, 2012, ABC News

By Dr. Shari Barnett

Giving your baby antibiotics too early may increase their chances of being overweight in childhood, new research suggests.

Specifically, infants exposed to antibiotics during the first six months of their lives are 22 percent more likely to be overweight between the ages of 10 months and 3 years — though their weight tends to return to average by the time they are 7 — according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity on Aug. 21. Continue reading