Cesarian Birth: Gut bacteria and allergies
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|Thu, 03-28-2013 - 9:54am|
They now seem to think that having a cesarian birth disrupts the natural gut bacteria leading to more allergies among other things.
She found that babies born by cesarean section are six times more likely to be sensitive to dust mite allergens than babies born naturally. The researcher found similar results for exposure to cat- and dog-hair allergens.
Babies who are born via C-section have a different microbiome in their gastrointestinal tract, Johnson said. A microbiome is what scientists use to describe the bacteria communities that reside in humans, whether it's in our mouths, on our skin or in our digestive system.
"It's pretty astonishing. In human beings, bacterial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1," Johnson said. "These bacteria are important -- we couldn't exist without them."