Family Wellness First
The E-newsletter for Parents to make Informed Health Care Choices
Issue 9: Pregnancy; Antibiotics; Breastfeeding
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Low back pain during pregnancy: prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes.
This current study by Wang and Dezinno published in Obstet Gynecol reported that: The majority of respondents reported that LBP during pregnancy caused sleep disturbances and impaired daily living. The average pain was moderate in severity. Nearly 30% of respondents stopped performing at least one daily activity because of pain and reported that pain also impaired the performance of other routine tasks. Only 32% of the respondents with LBP during pregnancy informed their prenatal care providers of this problem, and only 25% of prenatal care providers recommended a treatment.
The study concludes that low back pain during pregnancy is a common problem that causes hardship in this population.
To find out about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments in pregnancy visit: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/pregnancy.htm
Taking folate later in pregnancy may increase risk of breast cancer.
Taking folate before conception and then for the first three months of pregnancy reduces the risk of recurrence of neural tube defects, and fortification of food has been proposed. The effects of long term exposure throughout pregnancy to high concentrations of supplemental folate are unknown, and antimetabolite effects are theoretically possible.
What this paper suggests is women taking high doses of folate throughout pregnancy may be more likely to die from breast cancer in later life than women taking no folate.
This may be a chance finding, so further studies should examine the association between folate supplementation in pregnancy and risk of breast cancer.
Commonly Prescribed Antibiotic Implicated in Autism
In a study released this week, the antibiotic Augmentin TM has been implicated in the formation of autism. The study published in Medical Hypotheses strongly suggests the possibility of ammonia poisoning as a result of young children taking Augmentin.
Read the entire press release here:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/1/prweb194276.htm
Read more about the side effects of antibiotics here: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/antibiotics.htm
Breastfeeding and Asthma
Australian researchers followed 2,195 children for six years to evaluate the effect of breastfeeding on asthma, allergy, and obesity. They found that babies who were exclusively breastfed had a lower incidence of asthma and other allergic disease. Most interesting of all, every month of additional breastfeeding resulted in a four percent reduction in the risk of asthma. The study also confirmed that being overweight is also associated with a higher incidence of asthma. The study did not find any association between overweight and non-breastfeeding, but other studies have found that adolescents who were not breastfed as infants had a higher risk of being overweight than breastfed children.
This study not only confirms the advantages of continued breastfeeding, but also once again shows that extended breastfeeding is best for babies. Studies that show an advantage for every additional month of breastfeeding should help convince parents that babies should be breastfed into their toddler years. A similar relationship between breastfeeding and reduced meningitis incidence also shows the tremendous protective effect of breastfeeding on children's health. Every extra month of breastfeeding further reduces the risk of Hemophilus (Hib) meningitis in children even long after they are weaned.
Oddy WH, et al. The relation of breastfeeding and body mass index to asthma and atopy in children: A prospective cohort study to age 6 years. American Journal Public Health 2004; Sept, 94(9):1531-7.
Gillman MW, et al. Risk of overweight among adolescents who were breastfed as infants. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2001; 285(19):2461-7.
Silfverdal SA, et al. Protective effect of breastfeeding on invasive Haemophilus influenzae infection: a case-control study in Swedish preschool children. International Journal of Epidemiology 1997; 26(2):443-50.
Breast-Feeding May Protect Normal Dentition
Nov. 19, 2004 — Breast-feeding protects normal dentition, according to the results of a retrospective study published in the December issue of the Archives of Diseases in Childhood.
"Non-nutritive sucking (usually in the form of dummies/pacifiers or thumb sucking) may be responsible for some forms of malocclusion of infancy (especially open bite and posterior cross-bite), but the role of early feeding on occlusion appears unclear," write D. Viggiano from Ambulatory Paediatrician, Local Health Unit "Salerno 1," Campania Region in Italy, and colleagues. "It is clear that breast feeding and bottle feeding involve different oro-facial muscles, possibly leading to different effects on harmonic growth of maxilla and dental arches."
Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding here: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/breastfeeding.htm
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