More about C-Section Allergy Risk
A new study also supports Henry Ford researchers’ premise about C-section allergy risk. Published in the scientific journal Gut August 2013, the small Swedish study followed the development of intestinal-tract microorganisms in 24 children, nine delivered by C-section and 15 delivered naturally, up to age 2. The C-section-born children had less abundant and less diverse populations of the vital immunity-building microorganisms, according to the researchers.
Especially noteworthy was the surgically born children’s lack in number and diversity of Bacteroidetes, a group of bacteria that has specifically been linked to protection against allergies. In addition, the C-section group had lower levels of the cell secretions responsible for triggering white blood cells’ immune response.
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