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Caution About Infants and Antibiotics

September 3, 2012
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Young farm animals are given antibiotics to gain weight. A new study says antibiotics might do the same thing to babies.

When infants use antibiotics in the first six months of life, they are more likely to be overweight at three years of age.

An author of the study says, “it does not mean that antibiotics are bad for you.” But the findings say parents should be concerned “about inappropriate use of antibiotics.”

It may mean that obesity is not just about diet and exercise.

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