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Giving antacids and antibiotics to babies can lead to allergies

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Allergies are on the rise, especially food allergies. While nobody knows for sure why this is happening, a leading theory is that we may be doing things that mess up our natural microbiome. Our microbiome is the trillions of organisms that live on and in our bodies, such as bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. We generally think of these organisms as “germs” that can cause…

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