The use of antibiotics can affect the appetite of newborn boys
Helsinki, Finland: A new study has found that giving newborn babies antibiotics in the first two weeks after birth can affect their physical growth and development.
But interestingly, the study did not show any side effects on girls. However, boys who took antibiotics were found to weigh less than average. The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Helsinki, looked at the effects of antibiotics on newborns, the first of its kind.
The long-running study continued for six consecutive years, focusing specifically on babies who were given antibiotics within two weeks of birth. 12422 children were registered for this. They included both boys and girls. All of these babies were born at Torco University Hospital between 2008 and 2010. Of these, 1,151 babies were given antibiotics within 14 days of birth on the advice of doctors. Doctors insisted that children had a bacterial infection and that antibiotics were essential.