According to a retrospective study of more than one million children in the U.K., kids exposed to common antibiotics early in life experience an 84% higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Those exposed in the first year of life had more than fivefold the risk. The later the exposure, the lower the risk. The authors suggest this may be due to alterations in the gut microbiota.
PositiveTip: Ask your physician if antibiotics are absolutely necessary, especially for young children.