Recent study published in Pediatrics concluded that the early exposure (before 6 months of age) to antibiotics increase body mass in healthy children which can contribute to childhood obesity. The study compared 12,000 healthy children who are exposed and unexposed to antibiotics ages from birth to 2 years old. The result showed that children who were exposed to antibiotic were heavier than those who were not exposed. The effect on weight was profound in infants before 6 months of age. This suggests that the prescribers should carefully consider the use of antibiotics during infancy. What additional factors are typically evaluated when healthy weight in babies is discussed? How often do you counsel patients on the use of antibiotics in their children?

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