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…).