Gut bacteria of caesarean babies found to be abnormal, bringing fears for future health 

Children need 'best start in life' to ensure a healthy future, WHO says

Babies born by caesarean section may have abnormal immune systems and be at greater risk of contracting bloodstream infections from hospital bugs, a new study suggests.

For decades health experts have feared that c-sections prevent babies picking up protective bacteria that they should have been exposed to in the birth canal.

It is known that children born by caesearean are more likely to develop allergies, autism, ADHD, asthma, Type 1 diabetes and be obese, and scientists supected that a misformed microbiome – the collection of bugs in the gut – might be to blame.

Now a seven year study by scientists from University College London (UCL), the University of Birmingham, and the Wellcome Sanger…

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