Doctors Test Bacterial Smear After Cesarean Sections To Bolster Babies’ Microbiomes

Doctors in Falls Church, Virginia are among those trying an experimental procedure whereby they will smear newborns delivered via C-Section with bacteria-rich fluid from the mother’s birth canal. This is an effort to counter rising incidence of allergies, asthma, obesity and other health conditions associated with a sharp spike in C-Section births. The working theory is that C Section babies get less exposure to the mother’s immune system, which limits the development of their own immunity. Although the procedure sounds odd to many people at first glance, it has the potential to substantially benefit public health.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new procedure is being tested in which babies born via Caesarean Section will be smeared with bacteria-rich fluid from the birth canal.
  • The purpose of the procedure is to combat rising incidence of asthma, allergies, obesity and other conditions that correlated with a sharp spike in C Section births.
  • The working theory is that decreased exposure to mothers’ microbiomes inhibited development of newborns’ immune systems.

“The procedure, known as “vaginal seeding,” is designed to help babies develop healthy microbiomes — the collection of friendly bacteria that inhabit every person’s body.”

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