Antibiotic use in infants linked to adult diseases

A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The study titled "Antibiotics, Pediatric Dysbiosis, and Disease", was published in the scientific journal Cell Host and Microbe, Volume 17, Issue 5 on May 13, 2015. Researchers reported that imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies, atopy (eczema), autoimmune disorders, and even obesity, later in life. See link here for summary article.

Comment: One of the leading causes of undesirable changes in the bacteria balance within the digestive tract, also known as dysbiosis, is from the use of antibiotics in both children and adults. These research findings are just another example of the emerging evidence that shows the importance of stabilizing and maintaining a healthy bacterial microflora within the digestive tract, even beginning in infancy.