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Antibiotics during 1st months linked to obesity

August 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Giving children antibiotics in the first months of their lives could put them at risk for obesity, according to new research.

A study of more than 11,000 children found that babies who had antibiotics during their first five months were 22 percent more likely to be obese by the time they were 3 years old.

On the other hand, children who had antibiotics between 6 months and 2 years of age didn't have any increase in obesity. The study focused on British children.