babies with multiple rounds of antibiotics might be a cause of adhd

Rosie - posted on 09/25/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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i'm looking into a few things that may or may not have "caused" my sons ADHD. i was wondering how many of your children had frequent rounds of antibiotics as a child? i was thinking about that yesterday cause my child was on antibiotics for a long time as a baby for ear infections, and i found articles saying studies have shown that 69% of ADHD children had lots of antibiotics as babies.
antibiotics hurt the intestinal "good" bacteria, leaving a very acidic, harsh area to digest food. it makes it so they can't absorb nutrients as well as creating an environment that candida yeast likes and thrives off, creating toxins that could affect their brain.
anyway, i'm just curious to see if your babies had a lot of antibiotics as babies. thank you!

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Heather - posted on 10/11/2011

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That is an interesting therory. I have 4 sons, two with ADHD, and two without. I can not say that antibiotics could have caused any issues because my one son was on oodles of antibiotic, steroids for breathing etc etc and he has no signs of ADHD. My sons that do have AdHd are extreemly healthy with little to no antibiotic therapies. In fact, my one son with ADHD I gave him antibiotics once. It caused him to have such a reaction, that he just ran in circles in my kitchen for over an hour....it was suposed to make him sleepy. Propmply took him off that, and I can not say he ever had antibiotics again!!

Michele - posted on 09/26/2011

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My son had numerous ear infections, one after the other, but my daughter never even had one as a baby. Her adhd is worse than his. Genetics plays a huge part in adhd. I believe the candida theory was a theory that they originally believed caused autism.

Phyllis - posted on 09/26/2011

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Yes, as a matter of fact she did. This is very interesting news. She had antibiotics for almosst the first 6 months of her life due to ear infections.

Beth - posted on 09/25/2011

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This is not true of my ADHD child. ADHD is caused by genetics. Extra or missing genes in DNA.
http://news.discovery.com/human/adhd-gen...
http://add.about.com/od/adhdthebasics/a/...
The increased identification of indivuals with ADHD is because of increase in medical knowledge. They are no longer classified as "bad kids" or mentally unstable . I can trace ADHD in my family back to my grandmother and likely goes further back I just don't have information for further back than that. When my grandmother was in her 30s she had to undergo shock therapy because she was"crazy". I believe she was a very misunderstood ADHD-C. No impulse control.

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Anna - posted on 03/08/2014

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I'll answer for my mom: YES!!! my daughter was antibiotics for years, both as a baby and a child. Ear infections as a baby, sinus infections up until age 10. She has an intense case of ADHD and, as a young adult, is just beginning to learn how to deal with it.

Simone - posted on 01/09/2014

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My daughter has has mysterious bladder infections up to once per month since she was born and taken antibiotics which the doctors think May be a link to spina bifida that has stemmed through the generations. She was recently diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 8.

Bre - posted on 11/09/2011

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My son was never on antibiotics as a baby. He nursed until he was 8 months old and never got sick. His ADHD & ODD is definitely in his genes, stemming from his father who also has the same thing.

Beth - posted on 09/26/2011

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no my ADHD child did not have a lot of antibiotics as a baby. she only had a couple of ear infections and she was and is still fairly healthy , except for the allergy (pollen) induced asthma. Hurray for living in the pollen capital of the world. My youngest who is not ADHD was in the NICU as a newborn.



If this was true more kids would be ADHD. My friends daughters have been sick for most of their lives , RSV among others, and they are both "normal" .

Amy - posted on 09/25/2011

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Yeah, I think it's genetic in my family, too. I think I had it as a child (but girls weren't diagnosed in the 70's and 80's), my brother was medicated for it, and I think my mom had(s) it, too. But I wonder if antibiotics or something would help trigger it, or make it "worse?" I'll have to check out the research. I bet it's interesting!

Rosie - posted on 09/25/2011

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i believe it's genetics MOSTLY as well beth. ;) his biological father is very similar. however it does make sense to me about the antibiotics. did your child have a lot of antibiotics as a baby?

Amy - posted on 09/25/2011

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One thing about the health reforms that I LOVE is the electronic medical records. Once these are finally centralized, researchers will be able to do some amazing data-mining. It will be so cool to see what correlations existe, especially when they will have access to such a massive data set.

Amy - posted on 09/25/2011

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Interesting. At first, I was thinking that wouldn't be my son, but then when I think about it, he was in the NICU for 4 days fighting a septic infection and jaundice. He was hooked up to IV antibiotics from days 2-4. Huh.

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