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post #21 of 26
My almost 3 yo DD was born via CS at 42 1/2 weeks after a 3-4 day induction. She was given antibiotics and put in NICU because of my temperature. Aside from a bit of baby acne, she has no food sensativies, allergies and rarely gets sick. We BF for just over 2 yrs. I have a scheduled cs next week for my DS at 41 weeks.
post #22 of 26

I haven't read all the posts so I apologize if this has been discussed, but has anyone heard about some of the research about intestional flora and autism? I was really skeptical when I first heard about it, but I'm now intrigued after reading more about it. The gist, if I remember it correctly, is that scientists have found certain bacteria (clostridia?) in the gut of children with autism that is not inside average children. When this bacteria is cultivated it produces a kind of toxin. When the toxin was given to rats they exhibited autistic-like behaviour. It was suggested that antibiotic use in young children and/or c-section birth and/or not breastfeeding creates a deficiency of sorts in the gut flora which leaves room for this other bacteria to take over. I thought it was interesting if nothing else.

 

http://cogentbenger.com/autism/interviews/

 

you have to read all the interviews to get a fuller pictures- there are several scientists looking at different pieces of how bacteria *may* correlate with autism and why.

 

post #23 of 26

This may sound naive but if the mom's flora is transmitted to the baby during a vaginal birth but not through a cesarean, is it through the birth canal? Is it just the baby's skin that absorbs the mom's flora? In that case, in the case of of a c-section couldn't you just apply the mom's vaginal flora to the baby's skin? Sorry if that's a ludicrous idea, I just started thinking...

post #24 of 26
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This may sound naive but if the mom's flora is transmitted to the baby during a vaginal birth but not through a cesarean, is it through the birth canal? Is it just the baby's skin that absorbs the mom's flora? In that case, in the case of of a c-section couldn't you just apply the mom's vaginal flora to the baby's skin? Sorry if that's a ludicrous idea, I just started thinking...

Gut floor isn't absorbed through the skin, it is swallowed. The baby gets it from proximity to their mother's anus (and most people poo in second stage) during vaginal birth.

During c/s the babe doesn't have access to their mother's bowel. Their first contact with something non-sterile will, IME, usually be the suction catheter, which tends to be used whether they need it or not, after they're placed on the resuscitaire. And their face will be wiped and they'll be wrapped with their head covered (more face touching), then their parents will touch their faces and they're colonised but none of it is mum's gut flora.
post #25 of 26

I had no idea, thank you for explaining tiphat.gif So I guess if I end up having a C section the best thing to hope for is that the people in the OR all have healthy/helpful flora...

post #26 of 26
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I had no idea, thank you for explaining tiphat.gif  So I guess if I end up having a C section the best thing to hope for is that the people in the OR all have healthy/helpful flora...

You're most welcome :-)

Unfortunately it isn't the gut flora of the Theatre staff that the babies get. If it was then it probably wouldn't have a negative impact on their health. It is usually door knob, etc flora, which, sadly, isn't the same.
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