Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A new study links a widely-used class of antibiotics with a serious problem in children.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a chronic ailment marked by stomach pain, recurring infections, and the potential need for major abdominal surgery.
Now, a study in the journal "Pediatrics" finds a link between IBD and a class of drugs called anti-anaerobic antibiotics.
Those drugs include Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, and Tetracy lines.
The authors found that those exposed to this class of drugs had an 84-percent higher chance of developing IBD and repeated courses of the antibiotics increased the risk of the disease.