Antibiotics in Early Life Could Raise Children’s Food Allergy Risk

Doctor holding glass of water and pills on white backgroundInfections suffered in the first year of life can be life-threatening. Antibiotic use is therefore rampant, but has been linked to increased allergy risk.

Key takeaways:

  • Research from the University of South Carolina reveals that early exposure to antibiotics is the reason behind the high risk of food allergies among children.
  • The reason may be the changes to gut microbiota caused by the antibiotics.
  • Other risks associated with early antibiotic use are increase in obesity and incidence of asthma.

What is more, the risk of food allergy diagnosis increased with the number of antibiotic prescriptions a child received; a child who received three antibiotic prescriptions was 1.31 times more likely to have a food allergy, four prescriptions were linked to a 1.43 times greater risk, and five or more increased food allergy risk by 1.64 times.

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