Science reveals baby poop is changing—here’s why it matters

by Annamarya Scaccia, Mother.ly

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.

According to a new study published in the journal mSphere, baby poop isn’t the same as it was generations ago—and researchers think there may be a link between rising pH levels in dirty diapers and the rising rates of allergies and asthma.

The study was funded by Evolve BioSystems, a company that spun out from the Foods for Health Institute at the University of California to develop commercial probiotics, and it is part of a growing body of research on the connection between our gut microbiomes and our overall health. ... Read more on Mother.ly