Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found that a strain of bacteria called B. infantis that is thought to have been the dominant bacterium in the infant gut for all of human history is disappearing from the Western world.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is betting again on the potential of probiotics from Evolve BioSystems.
To investigate the concerning rise in both asthma and allergies in children, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Dr.
Pediatricians and microbiologists have shown that a short dose of a probiotic product given to breastfed newborns can have enduring impacts on their gut microbiomes.
If you've ever had a child who suffered from eczema, you know what an incredibly frustrating condition it can be.
As a mother myself, I know the importance of raising strong children. And as a pediatrician, I know that establishing strength very early on in life is a huge part of disease prevention.
With traditional nutrition programs failing to correct anemia and other forms of malnutrition, researchers are now exploring what role the microbiome in the gut plays in perpetuating these problems.
Mothers in any mammalian species are crucial for the growth and survival of their offspring, but recent studies show that human moms support the growth of not only their infants but possibly even another species – bacteria in
Adults take probiotics for any number of reasons—whether it be improving gut health, decreasing bloat, supporting a healthy mood, or maintaining a healthy weight. But what about the youngest among us?
When Melisa Martinez's son, Juelz, was born very prematurely at 25 weeks back in January, doctors at University of California, Davis Children's Hospital gave him probiotics.
If you’re not a mom, here’s something you might not know about birthing a baby. When you’re going about it the old-fashioned way—aka delivering vaginally—you just might poop while you’re pushing.
While women feel embarrassed about pooping during labor, it’s totally natural. And, it might even be healthier for both mom and baby.
Childbirth is messy and some aspects are more dreaded than others.
When you become a parent, you become obsessed with baby poop (#realtalk). But we mamas aren’t the only ones examining baby stool. Scientists are looking into diapers too, and they don’t like what they see.
Baby poop is changing, and that could be bad news for children's health. Anyone with a newborn knows that baby poop is important.
Nobody wants a colicky baby, but that doesn't mean that you won't wind up with a little one that fits the bill. And once your baby starts down that path, there's probably not a more helpless feeling you'll experience as a parent.
The microbiome—the collection of bacteria and other microbes that reside in our bodies and on our skin—has huge potential. Over the past decade or so, we’ve found that our microbial makeup influences everything from acne to food allergies, obesity, and digestive diseases.
Those 100 trillion little bacteria cells in your body, that make up 3 times as many bacteria cells as you have human cells and that have existed in humans for eons, are finally having their “moment”. I know I’ve been intrigued.
New research suggests that babies’ in America are more at risk for developing allergies and asthma because their gut microbiome has changed remarkably from our grandparents’ generation. Because of modernized western practices in medicine such as antibiotics and C-sections, babies are now missing B. infantis – the good bacteria which protect baby’s gut from potentially harmful bacteria.
According to the CDC, the incidence of allergies in kids is on the rise. Between 1997 and 2011, food allergies increased by 50 percent—and kids are specifically having a hard time stomaching foods like milk, eggs, tree nuts, soy, and peanuts, to name a few. Issues like eczema are also on the rise among children, and a lot of parents are left scratching their heads and wondering what to do.
More children are now suffering from asthma and allergies than before. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma and more than 50 million Americans have environmental and/or food allergies. What's even more surprising is that asthma and allergies are often impacted by the development of an infant's gut during infancy.
Here's some news you'll probably want to read without a mouthful of food. According to a new study, baby poo, or more specifically its pH balance, has changed over the past century, a finding scientists say could explain the higher incidence of asthma and allergies in children.
Historical changes in the pH level of infant faeces may be the result of lower levels of the beneficial bacteria Bifidobacterium, say researchers.
So, what is your microbiome? “The microbiome is the collection of trillions of microorganisms that live in and on our body,” nutritional scientist Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh tells us. “The majority of microorganisms are bacteria; some good and some bad.” And while these microorganisms live all over the body, recent research has revealed that the ones found in your gut (aka the gut microbiome) are especially important to your overall health.
FACT. Researchers have found that over time, a newborn's poop has become less acidic and more alkaline from a pH of 5.0 to 6.5. When the newborn ingests milk, the Bifidobacterium bacteria break down the milk and create an acid byproduct that the newborn will expel through their poop.
Look, no one likes to change a poop diaper. They’re gross on newborns when it’s all sticky. Gross on babies when solids are introduced. SUPER gross on toddlers when you have to actually look through the poop to find that damn Lego they swallowed. But they’re a part of parenthood, and you will change more dirty diapers then you ever imagined. As it turns out, the baby poop you’ve been squinting your eyes against may unlock the mystery of what’s happening in your baby’s tummy.
While it may not be the most pleasant way of assessing a baby’s health, what’s in a diaper can tell you a lot about what’s happening inside a body. Now parents have new information about their children’s gut health. Bethany Henrick of the University of Nebraska and Evolve BioSystems Inc. recently issued a report summarizing previous research on babies’ feces. They found that the pH (the measure of how acidic or alkaline something is) has been steadily on the rise since the 1920s.
Most of us do our best not to think too much about baby poop. But, as it turns out, stool has a lot more power than we think—and not just in terms of its pungent smell. Our poops can say a lot about our health, and that’s true from the first time we soil a diaper.
In a study released Wednesday, researchers analyzed the pH balance in infant poop over the last century and found a significant decline in a kind of good gut bacteria, which, researchers say, may explain the increase of some allergies and autoimmune diseases.
Evivo is a revolutionary new probiotic that is intended for breastfed babies. I was intrigued on how this product is different from the other infant probiotics. Lucky for me, Westside Mommy asked me to be her correspondent to Evivo‘s event for breastfeeding mommies to learn more about their product and all the research this company has done.
A few years ago, when my first son was a baby, I had no idea what the term “gut health” meant. After nursing him for over two years and successfully introducing solids at 6 months old, I thought I had the whole ‘baby feeding’ thing down pat by the time my second son was born. But boy, was I unprepared for the tummy issues he had. After weeks of eczema and extreme fussiness, I began altering my diet, since everything I consumed was getting passed to him through breastfeeding.
A big part of being a new parent is, unfortunately, poop. You change your baby's diaper a million times a day. You scrape their poop into the toilet. You wipe poop off their butt (and their back and their front and sometimes even THEIR FACE? OH MY GOD HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?) Doctors have long advised parents to keep track of baby poop, monitoring things like frequency, consistency, and color.
Within a few weeks of being born, a baby is host to a community of billions of bacteria, viruses and fungi — most of which are found in the gut — that can shape many aspects of health. How that community, or microbiota, assembles is a matter of debate: some researchers have begun to question the dogma that the womb is a sterile environment. Yet it’s clear that birth sets off a radical transformation of the infant gut.
Pediatrician, Dr. Tanya Altmann shares tips on how to make sure your baby is getting beneficial bacteria and advice on staying healthy as they grow into toddlers.
New moms want to give their babies everything they need to grow up healthy and strong -- and the first six months are some of the most important, helping determine the course of their health trajectories.
During this crucial time, there are many different ways that parents can help create a foundation for life-long health.
For the first six months of life, breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for babies, but it’s also food for the good bacteria in a baby’s gut which helps build a strong immune system and metabolism...
When having a baby, you can only hope everything will go perfectly and not have any questions or problems. Many times this is not the caseevivo. We all have questions and concerns regarding our babies. I do think there a few things that we don’t pay attention to and really should more then anything. Gut health! I know it may sound unusual but it a huge part of developing and cause for certain issues with babies.
Capital Public Radio's new health reporter Sammy Caiola makes her debut on Insight to talk about new research from UC Davis on how breast milk plays an essential role in balancing bacteria in a newborn's gut microbiome.
The Foods for Health Institute, at the University of California, Davis, has the appearance of a Tuscan villa, its terra-cotta-walled buildings overlooking a large vineyard and a garden that bursts with summer vegetables. It is led by a chemist named Bruce German, and if there were a world title in extolling the virtues of milk he would surely hold it.
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Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) are special carbohydrates that are food for baby’s gut bacteria. One key beneficial bacteria, B. infantis, is unique and able to capture all these carbohydrates that might otherwise be wasted, consuming them fully allowing B. infantis to grow and protect baby’s gut, and convert them into essential nutrients that are critical for baby’s developing metabolism and immune system.
Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that help keep your gut microbiome healthy. Historically, probiotics have been taken with the hope to relieve symptoms such as gas, bloating, or other digestive issues. However, new research has found that gut health is connected to other conditions such as colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity and may have a much larger impact on overall health, beyond only symptomatic relief.
Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. Instead, they are ‘food’ for the gut microbiome. For babies, the most important prebiotics are found in breast milk and are called Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs). HMOs are the third most abundant nutrient in breast milk and are critical to ‘feed’ good bacteria in baby’s gut.
A gut microbiome is a collection of trillions of microorganisms, or bacteria, that live in our intestines, or gut.
By nature’s design, beneficial and protective bacteria are passed from mom to baby during the birthing process, creating baby’s unique gut microbiome. However, the unintended consequences of modern medical practices such as antibiotics, c-sections, and formula feeding have led to a decrease in this mom to baby transfer.
In collaboration with the University of California Medical Center, we completed a clinical trial in which breast fed babies were given Evivo once a day for a month and were compared to breast fed babies who didn’t receive any probiotic. After a month, Evivo babies had significantly higher levels of the key good bacteria, B. infantis, in their gut compared to babies who didn’t receive any Evivo. This good bacteria is critical for proper immune system and metabolic development during the first six months of life.