Over the past few years, there has been a slew of research linking commonly used drugs, such as antibiotics, NSAIDs and Tylenol to a compromised microbiome. This, in turn, raises a child's risk for a host of inflammatory and metabolic diseases, including asthma, allergies, psoriasis, depression, obesity and some even think ADHA. A poor microbiome can also lead to cognitive and emotional issues, pain and—some even argue—reproductive issues as adults.
These findings have left mothers in a pickle: Is it better (or even possible) to forgo treatment for common medical conditions and infections while pregnant, or to run the risk of letting a childhood earache play itself out? Luckily, mothers and infants who require treatment with these drugs will now be able to breathe easier, thanks to some news that just came out from the University of California, San Francisco.
Last month, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published some groundbreaking research that indicates probiotic supplementation can reprogram the gut microbiome and promote regulatory T-cells in infants at high-risk of developing asthma.
In short, administering daily probiotics can help restore your child's gut bacteria and lower their risk of asthma and potentially other inflammatory diseases.
So if you're expecting, consider this: Your child is actually not 50 percent Mom and 50 percent Dad, as once believed.
The study followed 25 high-risk infants and 29 healthy control infants. The high-risk infants received daily probiotic supplementation from birth to six months and showed gut bacterial communities and fecal metabolic profiles similar to their healthy counterparts. The group of infants treated with a placebo did not show the same results. The results of the six-month treatment lasted six months.
So if you're expecting, consider this: Your child is actually not 50 percent Mom and 50 percent Dad, as once believed. In "The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life," Professor Rodney Dietert points out that the child's microbiome is passed on through the mother. Eating a microbiome-friendly diet and taking a round of high-potency probiotics can help facilitate your child's healthy gut.
If you have a C-section, you can also talk to your doctors about doing a vaginal swab, which is then rubbed in the child's nose to populate the airways with the good bacteria they are usually exposed to during birth. If your child is already born, you can also consider adding probiotics to their diet.
Just be sure to take a close look at the label when shopping for probiotics. The probiotics available in pharmacies usually only contain one or two strands, but health stores carry probiotics that contain upwards of ten strands, which may be beneficial if you're taking them. Probiotics may also come in something called an enteric coating, which helps them get deeper into the gut before being dissolved by your stomach acid, and some are also kept in a special refrigerated section.
While there are no guarantees, how amazing would it be if it actually worked to reverse your child's asthma?