Children who are given antibiotics under two years old are at risk of ‘being obese by the age of four’.

A new study conducted by a team at the universities of Colorado and Pennsylvania concluded that courses of the drugs given during early years can link to childhood obesity.

The Sun reports, study author Dr Frank Irving Scott said: “Antibiotics have been used to promote weight gain in livestock for several decades, and our research confirms that antibiotics have the same effects on humans.

‘”Our results do not imply that antibiotics should not be used when necessary, but rather encourage both doctors and parents to think twice about antibiotic usage in infants in the absence of well-established indications.”

The team performed a large-scale study in the UK, aiming to assess the link between antibiotic exposure before age two and obesity at age four.

The experts found that children with antibiotic exposure had a 1.2 per cent absolute – and 25 per cent relative – increase in the risk of early childhood obesity.

This risk then increased with any repeat exposures to antibiotics.

Dr Scott said: “Our work supports the theory that antibiotics may progressively alter the composition and function of the gut microbiome, thereby predisposing children to obesity as is seen in livestock and animal models.”

Researchers noted that there must be further investigation into whether these findings remain into adolescence and young adulthood and whether or not specific types of antibiotics are more closely linked with obesity.

The study was published in the journal Gastroenterology.

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  • What kind of garbage is that? Hope that person wasnt high when he/she said that.
    im not fat, i had ear infections after ear infections when i was little. I went deaf but didnt grow fat!


  • I hope this isn’t true! My youngest had to have them when she was younger for an ear infection.


  • I think it’s more related to diet rather than antibiotics but that’s just my opinion


  • If your young child needs anti biotics, you’re not going to say no because they might get fat later in life are you? I honestly think if you feed them the right foods, make sure they exercise and sleep well, you’ll avoid obesity problems


  • My niece had chronic tonsillitus several times and at 2 1/2 years old and was delirious. Tests revealed they were effecting other parts of her body too. It can make the glands in the right side of your stomach inflamed too. NO, it was not appendics. They are in a different space. She had to have antibiotics to kill the infection before having her tonsils removed.


  • One more reason to avoid giving antibiotics to kids. I thought you should avoid anyway to give antibiotics to kids before they turn 3. Very scary!


  • Lke it

    • Why do you make the same comment on everything you see on here? “Lke it.” Doesn’t even make sense so what’s the point of commenting?


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