Alberta funds COVID-19 antibody testing among Edmonton children in CHILD Cohort Study

September 10, 2020

A two-year project at the University of Alberta measuring COVID-19 antibody prevalence among Albertan children is underway thanks to funding from the Government of Alberta.

Influence of vitamin D supplementation on a baby’s gut microbiome

August 18, 2020

New research from the CHILD Cohort Study has shed light on the influence of vitamin D supplementation on a baby’s developing gut microbiome.

Mom and baby share “good bacteria” through breastmilk

July 10, 2020

A new study has found that bacteria are shared and possibly transferred from a mother’s milk to her infant’s gut, and that breastfeeding directly at the breast best supports this process.

Living close to natural green space benefits gut bacteria of urban, formula-fed infants, study shows

July 9, 2020

First study of its kind shows formula-fed babies’ gut microbiome more like those of breastfed babies when they live near natural environments.

CHILD Cohort Study awarded $1.7M to study impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian families

June 17, 2020

A $1.7 million award from the CIHR and Research Manitoba will allow CHILD researchers to study how individuals and families across Canada have been impacted by COVID-19.

Falling childhood asthma rates linked to declining use of unnecessary antibiotics

June 17, 2020

A new study shows asthma rates are falling thanks to efforts by physicians to avoid prescribing antibiotics to young children, except when necessary.

Mom’s depression in late pregnancy may impact her baby’s immune system

February 27, 2020

New research from the CHILD Cohort Study sheds light on the link between a woman’s psychological wellbeing during pregnancy and the immune health of her newborn.

Exposure to cleaning products in first 3 months of life can increase risk of childhood asthma

February 18, 2020

New research from the CHILD Cohort Study shows that frequent exposure to common household cleaning products can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma.

CHILD Cohort Study researchers awarded $2M to study microbial causes of asthma

January 31, 2020

A $2 million award from the Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 (CMI2) program will allow CHILD researchers to examine the trillions of microorganisms living inside the human body and uncover the role they play in causing asthma.

Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy linked to infants’ risk of developing allergies

December 20, 2019

A mother’s exposure to traffic-related air pollution during the first three months of pregnancy is associated with an increase in her child’s risk of having allergic sensitization by age one, according to CHILD Cohort Study research.

Even infants at low risk of peanut allergy should eat peanut early

November 28, 2019

Children who do not consume peanut during their first year of life are more likely to be allergic to peanut at age three, according to new findings from the CHILD Cohort Study.

Fats in breastmilk are unique to each mother

October 7, 2019

New findings from the CHILD Cohort Study find that the amount and mixture of breast milk fats are unique to each mother.

Screen time associated with behavioural problems in preschoolers

April 17, 2019

Research from the CHILD Cohort Study suggests that among preschoolers, spending more than two hours of screen time per day may be linked to clinically significant behavioural and attention problems.

Infant sleep duration associated with mother’s level of education, prenatal depression and method of delivery

February 22, 2019

Analyzing data from Canadian parents, a new study has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery.

Breastmilk microbiome linked to method of feeding

February 13, 2019

The idea that breastmilk has a microbiome is relatively new and has sparked debate about where breastmilk bacteria originate. New research from the CHILD Cohort Study has shed some light on the importance of the infant’s mouth as a source of this bacteria.

“Every feed counts”: Breastfeeding may protect against obesity in early life

September 24, 2018

New CHILD research has found that infants who are breastfed have a reduced risk of being overweight in the first year of life—and that the protective association is stronger with longer and more exclusive breastfeeding.

Household cleaners may cause obesity in young children

September 17, 2018

Breakthrough research shows that the frequent use of household disinfectants likely increases the risk of obesity in young children.

Maternal depression higher among certain ethnic minorities

August 7, 2018

Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years.

Lung Clearance Index a sensitive marker for infants at risk for asthma

August 2, 2018

Findings from CHILD Study research show that the Lung Clearance Index (LCI) can be used to detect lung problems in children as young as four months of age.

Infants who sleep less may have lower cognitive and language skills by age two

July 9, 2018

CHILD researchers found that infants who regularly sleep less than 12 hours over a 24-hour period have poorer cognitive and language development at two years of age than infants who get more sleep.

Breastmilk sugars may help prevent food allergies

July 3, 2018

New CHILD findings show that a specific profile of complex sugars in human milk is associated with a lower rate of food sensitization in babies at one year of age.

Infant feeding practices influence a baby’s gut bacteria and risk of becoming overweight

June 4, 2018

New findings from the CHILD Study indicate that exclusive breastfeeding in early infancy protects babies from becoming overweight by age one.

Exclusive breastfeeding in hospital associated with longer breastfeeding duration

March 7, 2018

New findings from the CHILD Study show that exclusive breastfeeding during the first few days of life is positively associated with longer-term breastfeeding, while in-hospital formula use is associated with breastfeeding for a significantly shorter duration.

C-sections and gut bacteria increase risk of childhood obesity

February 22, 2018

New CHILD Study research has found that overweight and obese women are more likely to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age—and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame.

CHILD Study researchers awarded $9.1M toward search for asthma clues in dirty diapers

January 23, 2018

Genome Canada, with other partners, awards over $9 million to CHILD researchers seeking clues to the causes of childhood asthma in babies’ intestinal microbes.

Asthma in infant boys may eventually be preventable

November 27, 2017

A new CHILD finding shows that the family risk for asthma may may involve the microbes found in a baby’s digestive tract.

Study finds asthma and food allergies predictable at age one

November 15, 2017

A new finding from the CHILD Study will help doctors better predict which children will develop asthma and allergies.

Stress in pregnancy may affect a baby’s immune system

10 November 2017

CHILD Study shows that infants born to mothers with pre- and postnatal depression have reduced levels of an important immune antibody in their feces in the first few months of life.

Asthma risk lower with direct breastfeeding

30 October 2017

Direct breastfeeding in the first three months of life appears to provide more protection against
childhood asthma than either infant formula or expressed breastmilk, according to new findings from the CHILD Study.

Breastmilk hormones may help prevent obesity in infants

20 September 2017

CHILD research finds breastmilk hormone concentrations significantly associated with infant body composition during the first year of life.

CHILD Study researchers uncover immune status “shift” during healthy pregnancy

11 July 2017

A recent CHILD Study publication sheds new light on an old question: What changes occur in a woman’s immune system during a healthy pregnancy?

CHILD Study data to support new research into child lung health

28 June 2017

A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, ON, has been awarded $75,000 to use CHILD Study data to develop tools that will predict and monitor lung disease in young children.

CHILD Study team to study how prenatal artificial sweetener intake affects infant weight

28 June 2017

A multi-institutional CHILD Study research team involving the University of Manitoba and the University of Calgary has been awarded $75,000 by CIHR to investigate how consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy influences infant weight gain.

Study finds delayed food introduction increases risk of sensitization

8 June 2017

Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby’s first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the CHILD Study.

Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing?

2 May 2017

A study of over 2,700 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that babies who are breastfed longer are less likely to wheeze, putting them at lower risk for asthma later on. For babies born to mothers with asthma, the protective effect of breastfeeding is even more pronounced.

Pet exposure during early life affects infant gut microbiota

7 April 2017

Owning a cat or dog might be a good thing when it comes to reducing the risk of childhood allergies and obesity, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.

UAlberta study shows infants do better on developmental tests when their mothers consume more fruit during pregnancy

25 May 2016

Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples—eating fruit in general is well known to reduce risk for a wide variety of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. But now a new study is showing the benefits of fruit can begin as early as in the womb.

Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages in pregnancy influences infant BMI

9 May 2016

A study of over 3,000 Canadian mothers and infants has shown that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy may place infants at an increased risk of obesity.

CHILD Study researchers to study environment’s impact on chronic diseases

2 May 2016

Three research teams using data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study are receiving $2 million each, for a total of nearly $6 million over five years, to investigate how early life environmental factors can impact long-term health and the development of chronic diseases.

Antibiotic use during birth affects infant gut microbiota

13 October 2015

Infants of Canadian women who received antibiotics during labour or delivery were more likely to have an altered gut microbiome, according to new research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.

Four gut bacteria decrease asthma risk in first 100 days of life

30 September 2015

Four types of gut bacteria play a critical role in the first 100 days of life in protecting children against asthma, according to new research from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children’s Hospital that involved the participation of more than 300 families from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.

Asthma Society of Canada announces “Clearing the Air” award for leadership in health research

12 May 2015

Dr. Malcolm Sears, a professor in the Division of Respirology at McMaster University and Director of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, has been awarded the Asthma Society of Canada’s “Clearing the Air” award recognizing outstanding leadership in asthma research.

Environmental-exposures study tracks more than 3,200 Canadian babies

5 May 2015

An SFU health scientist has co-authored a study that is the first report on research tracking the health impact of environmental exposures for thousands of Canadian babies.

Exposure to air pollution in the first year of life increases risk for allergies

4 May 2015

New research from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study shows that exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.

Infant gut bacteria and food sensitization: associations in the first year of life

4 March 2015

A new study from Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba is shedding new light on changes in intestinal bacteria of infants that can predict future development of food allergies or asthma.

AllerGen researchers find infant gut bacteria is influenced by delivery and feeding methods and may have long-term health effects

11 February 2013

In an article published February 11, 2013 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), AllerGen trainee and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Meghan Azad, and AllerGen researcher Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj, University of Alberta, found that infant gut microbiota was influenced by method of delivery (vaginal vs. cesarean) and feeding method (breastfeeding vs. formula).