Researchers discovered the difference between the bacteria found in the intestinal tract of babies born by C-section and those present in the intestinal tract of infants born naturally.
The Microbial experts believe these differences can have lifelong consequences regarding the health of your children.
The intestine of adults is populated by billions of ‘friendly’ bacteria, meant to help the digestive system and to protect us from pathogens. Unfortunately, babies do not have these microbes.
Normally, the child’s first exposure to bacteria occurs he passes through the mother’s vaginal canal.
The baby is covered with bacteria and some of them are swallowed. However, the digestive system of small children will become populated with beneficial bacteria that play a crucial role in the development of the immune system in the upcoming year.
A child born by a C-section loses this ‘immersion’ in beneficial bacteria.
Furthermore, women who give birth by caesarean tend to postpone breastfeeding and doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to prevent an infection in the incision area.
Experts suspect for some time that babies born by Caesarean section are colonized by other types of bacteria than other newborns.
Recently, following major progress in the DNA sector allows scientists to identify individual bacteria and they can carry out a detailed investigation of microbes.
For the study, researchers examined stool samples from 24 healthy infants. The samples were collected from a group of 4-months-old.