WASHINGTON - Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but in a novel experiment, researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal.
We share our bodies with microbes that help keep us healthy from birth. Typically babies get a massive first dose of bacteria through vaginal birth, something babies born by C-section miss. On Monday researchers report in Nature Medicine a small pilot study suggesting it's possible to partially restore some of those missing microbes. C-section babies who were swabbed with their mother's vaginal fluid developed their own microbial neighborhoods more similarly to vaginally born infants.
Far more research is needed to prove if the technique really works or makes a difference in babies' health.