Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Over the years, there has been a theory that children who attend daycare tend to develop more health problems; things like colds, ear infections, and throat infections. In the first few years of life, they can have more problems than the children who stay home, and it makes sense because there is an earlier exposure to problems. The theory also suggests that as the children get older, they have fewer infections and problems than the kids who stayed home and are more likely to be exposed to the various problems. A new study of 4,000 Dutch children from birth to eight years showed children who started daycare early were twice as likely to experience wheezing in the first year of life than those who didn’t go to daycare. By age five, daycare kids were slightly less likely to wheeze than non-daycare kids. By eight, the effects evened out and daycare attendants had no association with the wheezing.

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Evaluating Ear Infections in Adults

Evaluating Ear Infections in Adults

Ear infections are something that’s seen commonly in a physician’s office, but when doctors see it in adults, they don’t worry necessarily about the ear infections as much as they do about sinus infections. That’s because if the sinuses are affected, it can actually cause increased pressure in the ears and that can lead to difficulty. Ear infections themselves are often treated with antibiotics, but in many cases they just have a viral cause. The virus doesn’t necessarily need antibiotic medicine. They can be treated symptomatically on their own.

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Evaluating Ear Pain

Evaluating Ear Pain

Otitis usually occurs in children, but many older women who tell physicians, “I’m having trouble with my ears, I feel pressure” and they think they have the old classic ear infection, the otitis. Well, in many cases what they really have is not otitis. They have a sinus infection or a problem where they feel pressure in the ears. Obviously, in many cases we don’t need antibiotics for either and in some cases we do, but they can be evaluated by your family doctor who can look at it and make a determination and talk it over with you.

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