Caesarean babies face more infections

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Some caesareans are genuinely necessary for the safety of mother or baby, so I wouldn't like for this article to offend readers who may have had a caesarean that they feel was necessary for one reason or another. However, necessary or not, this article is reporting on the fact that babies who are born by caesarean tend to experience more infections than babies who were born vaginally. This adds to the other known risks of caesareans such as an increase in the rate of asthma, respiratory infections and diabetes.

BABIES born by caesarean are much more likely to be admitted to hospital with gastrointestinal disease or chest infections in their first year of life than those born naturally ... The babies were 22 per cent to 26 per cent more likely to be hospitalised with gastrointestinal disease and about 12 per cent more likely to be admitted with bronchiolitis, a type of chest infection ...

... children born by caesarean could miss out on picking up important gut bacteria that children born naturally get during the birth.

"We take all these yoghurts and things to get the right bacteria in our guts but the baby travelling through the birth canal is going to get the right sorts of bacteria," ...

... there could also be a link between caesareans and breastfeeding problems.

... women who gave birth by caesarean were 70 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with a complication affecting breastfeeding.

And the babies of the women with breastfeeding problems were then 30 per cent more likely to be hospitalised with gastrointestinal problems.

... Earlier Australian research had found the link between bronchiolitis and caesareans existed with only planned caesareans, suggesting labour itself could activate the mothers' immune system ...

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