Can a baby’s gut bacteria influence childhood health? 3,500 Canadian kids and their families are helping scientists find the answer.
The families are part of the CHILD Cohort Study, a large Canadian research project that is figuring out how the human microbiome—the universe of bacteria and other tiny organisms that live in and on our bodies—influences allergies, asthma, obesity, and our everyday health and wellbeing, especially during childhood.
CHILD Study research has discovered that the gut microbiome can be altered by many factors, including the way a baby is born (C-section or vaginal delivery); what a baby is fed (breastmilk or formula); and whether a baby is exposed to antibiotics, furry pets or household cleaning products. The study has also found that babies with low levels of four specific gut bacteria in their first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma.
Find out how the CHILD Cohort Study and its discoveries are helping parents, health professionals and communities understand what makes up a healthy baby’s microbiome… with the goal of reducing health problems later on.
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About the CHILD Cohort Study: https://childstudy.ca