Giving babies antibiotics could lead to chubby children

August 22, 2012 2:57:52 PM PDT
Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study in the Journal of Obesity.

Here's why researchers suspect this is an issue: Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories.

Exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients and would otherwise keep us lean.

The study adds to a growing body of research warning of the potential dangers of antibiotics, especially for children.

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