Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Antibiotic Use Increases Irritable Bowel Disease Risk In Children By 84%

This is important to Autistic kids as they often have bowel problems already with either diarrhea or constipation, along with multiple food allergies and leaky bowel syndrome

Researchers studied all Danish children born between 1995 to 2003 and compared data on their antibiotic prescriptions – time since use, type, number of courses used and age at use – and later diagnoses. A statistical analysis showed – after adjusting for confounding variables – that the relative risk of IBD was 84% higher for antibiotic users than non-users. This association was strongest among children who had more than seven courses of antibiotics, increasing the risk by more than seven times, respectively, compared with non-users of antibiotics. Study lead Dr Anders Hviid, an epidemiologist at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, said that antibiotics can alter the intestinal microflora and cause overgrowth of potentially pathogenic microorganisms that may trigger IBD in susceptible children.

Lilian Anekwe, PULSE

Antibiotic use and inflammatory bowel diseases in childhood.
Hviid A, Svanström H, Frisch M.
Gut. 2010 Oct 21. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20966024

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