Join us on a journey into the world of a baby’s gut microbiome. Meet some microbial superheroes and learn about how discoveries from the CHILD Cohort Study are helping us to understand allergies, asthma, obesity, and everyday health and wellbeing, especially during childhood.
The newest knowledge translation video out of the CHILD Cohort Study explores the study’s discoveries about the human microbiome—the universe of bacteria and other tiny organisms that live in and on our bodies.
The video describes how the gut microbiome can be altered by many factors, including the way a baby is born (C-section or vaginal delivery); what a baby is fed (breastmilk or formula); and whether a baby is exposed to antibiotics, furry pets or household cleaning products. The video also illustrates the CHILD finding that babies with low levels of four specific gut bacteria in their first three months of life are more likely to develop asthma.