Intrapartum antibiotics for GBS prophylaxis alter colonization patterns in the early infant gut microbiome of low risk infants

Pediatrician with Evivo baby

Antibiotics can take a toll on our digestion and the good bacteria in our gut. Did you know that the antibiotics you take can affect your newborn baby’s gut microbiome, too? This independent study examines stool samples from babies born to moms who received antibiotics for Group B Strep (GBS) vs moms who did not. What they discovered is Bifidobacterium, the key good bacteria for proper development of baby’s immune system and metabolism, is unfortunately greatly reduced in baby’s gut if mom was treated for GBS with antibiotics prior to delivery. Furthermore, mom’s exposure to antibiotics was linked to the growth of bad bacteria in baby’s gut, like E. coli and Clostridia. While GBS treatment is important for baby’s safety during delivery, it is equally important to understand the impact the treatment has on baby’s gut health. Giving Evivo to your baby as early as possible ensures they key good bacteria, Bifidobacterium, is there for baby, no matter what your birth story!

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