Clostridium difficile, atopy and wheeze during the first year of life
More and more evidence is supporting the idea that a healthy bacterial population is essential for normal development of an infant’s immune system. Here we see that C. difficile may increase risk of allergies. Well, it is well known that C. difficile can be a result of antibiotic use. Not only this, but antibiotics will kill off the bacteria that is supposed to be there in the first place. When it comes to antibiotic use, physicians need to view each case with the potential long term consequences. I think the idea that antibiotics are benign is still highly prevalent, and a change in the current thinking is needed.