Thursday, February 28, 2013

C-section Babies More Vulnerable to Allergies

"The researchers found that babies born by caesarean section were five times more likely than those born naturally to have developed sensitivity to common allergens by the time they were 24 months old. As Dr Johnson pointed out, there is a great amount of interest in this area, and a lot of effort is going into research on it. Studies such as this one, it is believed, are getting to the underlying mechanisms of the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ – the idea that a lack of exposure to microorganisms, infectious agents and parasites in early childhood can suppress the development of the immune system – which has been around for a number of years but has undergone some revisions since it was first proposed."

C-section babies more vulnerable to allergies - Science Omega