Antibiotics Enhance Growth in Children

Updated at: Apr 17, 2014
Antibiotics Enhance Growth in Children

Researchers suggested that antibiotics can boost the growth rate in children who are living in low and middle economic countries.

Vasudha Bhat
LatestWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Apr 17, 2014

Antibiotic GrowthResearchers at the McGill, the University of British Columbia and others suggested that antibiotics can boost the growth rate in children who are living in low and middle economic countries and are vulnerable to malnourishment.

According to the results of the research, significant improvements were seen in the youngest children hailing from these low economic countries in terms of growth particularly in their weight.

The team of researchers aimed at determining whether antibiotics played a role in the growth of pre-teen children in these countries for which they observed the changes in the height and weight of the children.

Paper’s first author Ethan Gough, McGill PhD candidate in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health) told that they studied the research literature which treated children aged between 1 month and 12 years with antibiotics. The results of 10 trials were studied which involved 4,316 children who belonged to 7 low and middle economic countries.

Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Amee Manges said that antibiotics showed positive effects on the children as they showed significant increase in their height and weight. An increase of 0.04cm per month in height and 23.8g per month increase was seen in their weight.

The results of the study were published in the British Medical Journal.

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Article source: Times of India

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