Why giving pregnant women antibiotics is a risk

Large study finds their children have increased chance of serious infection

Women who take antibiotics during pregnancy may be putting their unborn child at increased risk of serious infection, researchers say.

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Their study, which looked at data from more than 750,000 Danish pregnancies over 12 years, shows that children born to women prescribed antibiotics prenatally have up to 20% increased risk of being hospitalised with infection.

About one in five women in the study were prescribed antibiotics. In Australia, 12% of pregnant women are prescribed antibiotics.

The study, a collaboration between the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute