Certain over-the-counter meds for newborns could increase risk of developing allergies


(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Exposing newborn babies to antacids and antibiotics might increase their risk of developing allergies, according to a new study.

The study looked at close to 800,000 children and found "significant associations" between the medications as infants and later allergic conditions.

It was published Monday in the Pediatric journal by the American Medical Association.

The study looked at the possible link between acid-suppressive and antibiotic medications and increased risk of allergies.

It found the medications altered the digestive proteins in the gut.

Out of the study population, children given antibiotics were twice as likely to develop asthma and one and a half times more likely to develop the very serious and sometimes deadly allergic conditions considered anaphylactic.

Those on antacid medications were also about one and a half times more likely to develop deadly allergic conditions, and more than twice as likely to develop food allergies.

The study's authors say this gives further evidence that antibiotics and acid-suppressive medications should be only used for infants when there is a strong need for them.

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