Pediatrician: Babies missing good gut bacteria, may need probiotics

Most American babies appear healthy: they are growing, hitting developmental milestones and gaining weight like they are supposed to.

Why then, are we seeing an increase in conditions like eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity as our babies get older?

Dr. Tanya Altmann says it's because babies are losing precious gut bacteria during the birthing process, whether as a result of a Caesarian section or antibiotics now commonly used.

"Babies today aren't born with that good gut bacteria needed to keep the balance there," said Altmann. "It's the overgrowth of bad bacteria that can lead to these diseases."

Altmann says in addition to breastfeeding and good nutrition, you can talk to your pediatrician about giving your child a probiotic. Altmann recommends Evivo. You can find more information on that product in the Related Links.

Then, keep up with the healthy, vegetable-filled diet.

"Get them used to eating these healthy foods when they're little," Altmann said.

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