Food Allergy Risk Not Greater in C-Section Infants
Cesarean births are not likely linked to an elevated risk of food allergy during the first year of life, an Australian study found. Published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the findings may help assess the risks and benefits of cesarean delivery and reassure women who require it that their babies are not more likely to develop food allergy, according to Rachel L. Peters, PhD, an epidemiologist at the Murdoch Child Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, and colleagues.
@dennis-james The infant immune system undergoes rapid development during the neonatal period. Babies born by cesarean have less exposure to the bacteria from the mother’s gut and vagina, which influence the composition of the baby’s microbiome and immune system development. However, this doesn’t appear to play a major role in the development of food allergy