A recent study found that 22 percent of the 103 children born to mothers who took antibiotics during pregnancy were diagnosed with asthma by age 3. In contrast, only 11 percent of the children born to mothers who didn’t take antibiotics prenatally were similarly diagnosed.
Recent discussions of antibiotic use have centered on the fact that overuse has increased the number of drug-resistant germs, and decreased the effectiveness of many treatments.
Sources and more Information
- Relationship between prenatal antibiotic use and asthma in at-risk children, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, S1081-1206(14)00855-2, December 18, 2014.
- Pregnant Women with Asthma Need to Curb Urge to ask for Antibiotics, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news, March 3, 2015.