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Antibiotics and Kids: What Parents Need to Know About Side Effects



As parents, the well-being of our children is our top priority, so staying informed about the choices we make for their health is a major goal. Today, we dive into a topic that affects countless families – the use of antibiotics in infants and young children. Though Antibiotics can play a pivotal role in saving lives, being aware of  potential side effects is crucial. This blog aims to equip, empower, and educate on the knowledge of the far-reaching effects of antibiotics.

We will dive into the dangers of antibiotics in kids and the associated risks, both short-term and long-term. As well as the impact of antibiotics on autoimmune and neurodevelopmental health in children. Lastly and most importantly, the natural strategies for recovery.


Every year, the research highlighting  the risks associated with administering antibiotics to children continues to grow. Despite decades of awareness, pediatricians, urgent care centers, and other conventional medical systems persist in overprescribing antibiotics at alarming rates. Furthermore, early exposure to antibiotics is identified as one of the top three contributing factors or “ingredients” in what we call “The Perfect Storm.” This refers to the pathway leading to conditions such as autism, ADHD, anxiety, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic illnesses prevalent in our children today.


The Risks of the Overuse of Antibiotics



  • Increased Risk of Autoimmune Disorders like Asthma and Allergies


Even those life-saving antibiotics can disturb the balance between your child’s immune system and gut microbiome. Higher risks of conditions such as asthma, allergies, and even obesity in children have been linked to this disruption.



  • Increased Risk of Neurodevelopmental Challenges like Autism + ADHD


The gut and brain connection is very delicate and antibiotics can disrupt it. This interference can affect neurotransmitter production – which is essential for higher brain function, cognition, and emotional regulation – potentially contributing to neurodevelopmental challenges like Autism and ADHD.



  • Disruption of Gut Microbiome


Antibiotics disrupt the natural balance of the gut microbiome, a complex ecosystem of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in a child’s overall health. This leads to imbalances and potential gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and, in some cases, more serious conditions that could cause severe colitis.



  • Allergic Reactions


While allergic reactions to antibiotics are rare, they can happen. Reactions mild and easy to care for, to life threatening reactions have been recorded. It’s absolutley crucial for parents to be aware of any past reactions and communicate them to healthcare providers.



  • Antibiotic Resistance + Development of Secondary Infections


The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the most pressing concerns. When antibiotics are used excessively or inappropriately, bacteria can evolve to become resistant to these drugs, making infections harder to treat and leading to increased medical costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased mortality.  Overuse of antibiotics can also lead to the development of secondary infections.



  • Global Health Threat


The overuse of antibiotics extends beyond individual health; it’s a global issue. It contributes to the rise of superbugs, bacteria resistant to most antibiotics, posing a severe threat to global health security.


Chiropractic Care as a First Choice


While antibiotics remain pivotal in emergencies, there’s an alternative for families under regular Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Care at Experience Life Chiropractic. We offer a safe and natural way to support your child’s defenses against viruses, bacteria, and infections.


Neurologically-Focused Pediatric Chiropractors aim to strengthen your child’s body’s natural defense systems rather than directly treating an infection or illness they catch. Adjustments focus on improving their body’s “drainage and plumbing,” providing relief from sinus and ear pressure, facilitating easier fluid movement, and transforming dry coughs into productive mucus-clearing ones.


So, by enhancing the body’s “plumbing” and “wiring,” your children can clear congestion, inflammation, and infections more efficiently and naturally without resorting to antibiotics or other medications.


If you would prefer to reserve antibiotics for emergencies rather than the standard first option, consider changing your “batting order” of providers. Begin your journey with us at Experience Life chiropractic. If you are not local to us, check out our PX Docs directory to find a PX Doc office near you!


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