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Giving babies and toddlers antibiotics can increase the risk of obesity

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Antibiotics can be lifesaving, but they can have serious downsides ó including increasing the risk of obesity when they are given early in life, according to a recent study. Antibiotics kill bacteria. That can be a very good thing when the bacteria are causing a serious infection. But antibiotics donít limit themselves to killing infection-causing bacteria; they kill other bacteria in the body, too. And…

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