Children born to mothers who were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy have a 20% higher risk of subsequently being hospitalised with infection, a study from Aarhus University Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia, has found.

According to the online scientific Magazine Cosmos, the study looked at more than 750,000 Danish pregnancies that occurred between 1997 and 2009. The resulting children were followed until they reached 14 years of age (unless death or emigration occurred earlier) and instances of hospitalisation for infection logged against when and if their mothers had received antibiotics during or before pregnancy.

Read the full article in Intenational Journal of Epidemiology: