The negative effects of antibiotic use in childhood are seen after adulthood.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia have done a study
Use of antibiotic medicine: Most of us use antibiotics indiscriminately. Even the slightest thing happens that without the advice of doctors, they take out the antibiotic pills. We don’t even think about what the consequences could be. Although no medicine should be taken without the advice of doctors, but special caution is needed in taking antibiotics because antibiotics give immediate relief but in the long run it can cause many diseases in the body. A recent study has claimed that if antibiotics are used more in childhood, then its negative effect is seen in the body after adulthood.
What happened in the research
economic times A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia has discovered that exposure to antibiotics in early life has a long-lasting effect on the nervous system and can lead to gastro-stomach problems. Researchers in their study on rats found that antibiotics given to newborn rats had long-lasting effects, resulting in disturbances in gastro-related function. Due to this, many types of intestinal disturbances start happening in adulthood and often symptoms like diarrhea are seen. Jaime Phung of the University of Melbourne in Australia said that our study shows that antibiotics given after birth can have a long-lasting effect on the nervous system. The study could offer new targets for advancing antibiotic treatment to young children.
Gastro-related problems in the stomach
According to the study published in the Journal of Physiology, the team gave rats a dose of vancomycin by mouth every day for the first 10 days of their lives. These mice were reared normally until adulthood. During this, gut tissue was monitored to measure the structure, function, microbiota and nervous system of the mice. The study found different effects of antibiotics on male and female rats. Females showed a longer passage in the intestine, while male rats had less stool weight than the control group. However, both males and females had a higher amount of fecal water, which is a symptom of diarrhoea. There are many similarities between humans and rats. However, rats have a weak gut and grow rapidly due to their short life span. Researchers will now study further on the effect of antibiotics on the gut
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 12, 2022, 17:34 IST