Microblog: C-Sections and Children’s Immune Health

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Research shows the importance of the trillions of microbes that call our body home. (our microbime).

🐣The most important time for our microbiome happens at birth.

🦠Babies born vaginally get their first significant microbes from their mother as they pass through the birth canal. Lactobacillus, for example helps break down the lactose in milk to make energy.

🍼More Lactobacillus colonize the mother’s vagina as her due date nears, to help baby digest breast milk. (The wonders of nature)

👩‍⚕️Babies from C-section get their first microbes from their mother’s skin and the skin of doctors and nurses in the delivery room.

🔎Studies show that native bacteria help train the immune system to recognize friend from foe.

⚠️Without proper training, the immune system weakens, and the body is more likely to overreact to food and the environment.

❗️Yes, the microbiome at birth predisposes (or highly determines) illness of chronic inflammation, autoimmune and allergies.

🏥C-sections are the MOST common inpatient surgery in the US. In @CarnivoreCure, I mentioned that C-sections have increased from 21% in 1996 to 33% in 2009. The recommended levels for are 10-15%. (Edit: numbers show most are elective)

💊Another concern with C-sections is the routine use of antibiotics. Pregnant women get antibiotics to fight bacteria and prevent infection. Newborns get dosed to prevent a rare eye infection caused by mother’s gonorrhea.

☣️Antibiotics kill all bugs (good or bad)

💡One recommendation for C-sections is to use a “gauze-in-the-vagina technique.”

⏰Doctors soak a gauze in the mother’s vagina for one hour and remove it just before her C-section.

👶🏻When doctors remove the baby from the womb, they swab the baby from head to toe with the gauze.

🌟The gauze technique may double the number of vaginal bacteria C-section newborns receive (a vaginal birth still receives six times more).

🤱🏻Another way to keep the baby’s microbiome healthy is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding helps the immune system develop, boosts IQ and also delivers good bacteria for the microbiome.

⛑C-sections are sometimes unavoidable but if you have the option, nature’s way is usually optimal.

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