Caesarean Sections & Allergies

January 13th, 2006

“There may be long term risks of caesareans we’ve not considered before,” says Sidylle Koletzko, of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. “I would discourage them for all non-medical reasons.” Researchers say that such births may be a factor in the rise in cases of asthma and allergies. A study of 865 babies who were all exclusively breastfed for the first 4 months showed digestive problems and was more likely to develop food intolerance. According to New Scientist, “the explanation might be that babies born by Caesarean do not get a chance to swallow beneficial bacteria during birth, colonisation of the gut plays a key role in the development of the immune system.”

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