Use of antibiotics in infants causes future stomach problems

Early exposure to antibiotics has been linked to future issues with the digestive system, according to a study.

Regular antibiotic administration helps prevent infections that could put preterm and underweight babies at danger.

In a recent study that was published in the Journal of Physiology, scientists fed antibiotics to mice as they were being investigated.

According to the study, giving antibiotics to newborn mice had long-lasting consequences on their microbiota as well as on the largely autonomous parts of their neurological and digestive systems.

This could imply that giving youngsters antibiotics could eventually result in more stomach issues.

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Anatomy and Physiology led the first study in which antibiotics given to newborn rats had long-lasting effects that led to a breakdown of their stomach systems, increasing the speed at which food travelled from their mouth to their stomach at older ages and exhibiting symptoms of cholera.

For the first 10 days, the research team gave the newborn mice a daily dose of vancomycin. Following this, their growth continued normally until they were young, at which point the tissue of their abdomen was inspected to determine the structure, system, bacteria, and nervous system present.

In their study, researchers discovered that the sex of the mice also affected these alterations. Both sexes produced distinct wastes. However, both of them exhibited excessive water content in their excrement, a cholera-like indication.

The effects of antibiotics on the stomach will be the subject of additional research by the scientists.



3rd Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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