Caesarean section delivery and the risk of allergic disorders in childhood

Probably one of the single most important things we can focus on in a newborn up to 2 yrs of age (other than, of course, breastfeeding and good maternal nutrition…) is maintaining a healthy normal bacterial flora. This starts from the passage down the birth canal and is obviously disrupted during C-section birth. Should it not be ob/gyn obligations to warn new mothers of C-sections babies what improper acquisition of normal flora may do to their newborn?

Also, while this study showed an association between C-section birth and asthma, I’m sure the association would’ve been much stronger if we compared C-section birth to vaginal births from mother’s with high levels of lactobacillis in the vaginal vault (i.e. mom never received antibiotics, is prone to yeast infections, etc…).

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.