Researchers say breastfeeding may help prevent ear infections


Researchers say breastfeeding may help prevent ear infections

TEXAS (WIVB) — Research came out this month suggesting fewer babies are developing ear infections, because more mothers are breastfeeding.

You’ve heard before that breastfeeding provides babies with antibodies, which can help protect them from infection. This is pretty significant, since ear infections are the biggest reason children end up at the doctor’s office, and also the most common reason doctors prescribe antibiotics or recommend surgery.

For this study, scientists at the University of Texas followed hundreds of babies since 2008 during their first year of life. They published the results in the journal of pediatrics this month.

Compared to 30 years ago, ear infection rates are down 12 percent for 3-month-olds, 16 percent for 6-month-olds and 16 percent for 1-year-olds.

The study authors noted that “it is likely that medical interventions in the past few decades, such as the use of pneumonia and flu vaccines, and decreased smoking, helped reduce ear infection incidences.”

So, it is not just breastfeeding, but they say not being breastfed is a major risk factor for ear infections in babies.

MORE | Learn more about ear infections here.


Source: Buffalo New York’s Latest News
Researchers say breastfeeding may help prevent ear infections

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