Gut feel­ing on ba­bies

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

A PRO­BI­OTIC a day could pro­tect ba­bies from asthma, di­a­betes and cancer.

Very young chil­dren are be­lieved to need a proper bal­ance of bac­te­ria in their gut to help pre­vent such ill­nesses.

Be­ing born pre­ma­turely or by cae­sarean changes gut bac­te­ria, as might an­tibi­otics given to the mother dur­ing preg­nancy. Sci­en­tists found a pro­bi­otic may help re­store the bal­ance of gut bac­te­ria.

Ba­bies given the sup­ple­ment daily for three weeks still had its “good’’ bac­te­ria in their bod­ies a month later.

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