New Research: Babies Delivered by Cesarean Surgery at Higher Risk of Asthma and Allergies

Babies delivered by cesarean surgery lack protective bugs that could help prevent a host of disorders in childhood and later life, reports researchers from the Canadian Medical Association. Researchers found significant differences in the gut bacteria found in infants born surgically and naturally. Additionally, babies fed formula milk, compared with those breastfed, lacked bacteria that may be protective.
Researchers hope the findings will increase concern about potential lifelong effects for cesarean-born babies. Although emergency cesarean births can be life-saving, planned surgery is recognized as riskier for mothers because they are more likely to develop complications and spend twice as long in hospital as women having a natural delivery.
Previous studies of this type have been conducted using laboratory cultures, which are limited as about 80 percent of intestinal microbes cannot be grown in culture. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

~ Excerpted from March 2013 Lamaze International Newsletter
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