A recent Study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that children who were given broad spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 had an increased likelihood of being obese by age 5. They also found a correlation with mothers using antibiotics in pregnancy and having a cesarean birth increasing the risks of their child being obese. Of course correlation is not causation, but I found this really interesting because it lines up with my experience in Naturopathic Medicine in regards to a healthy gut microflora. The bacteria in your intestines are crucial for proper absorption of nutrients, and I often seen that when this ecosystem is disrupted many things can go wrong. I see skin problems develop, gas, bloating, weight gain, immune system problems (most of the activity of your immune system is in your gut), even neurological system problems. So what do you do? Develop a good relationship with a health care practitioner who has alternatives to antibiotics. Herbs, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy do a great job of helping children with everything from tummy upsets and sore throats, to ear infections, without wiping out the gut bacteria which are so important to overall health and disease prevention. Here is a link to more information on the article.