Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal Infection

Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal Infection

Gut Bacteria May Protect Infants from Intestinal InfectionGastrointestinal infections are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites and are associated with diarrhea and vomiting. In children, Salmonella and E. coli are major causes of gastroenteritis.

Key takeaways:

– Even though Salmonella and E. coli infection should resolve within 4 to 10 days, children have weak immune systems that make them susceptible to complications.

– Scientists now reveal that the lack of protective bacteria in the gut microbiota is more of a factor than the age of the immune system.

– Clostridia, a bacterial species, help reduce the harmful bacteria in the gut and effectively reduce the risk of death.

The team is beginning to look at what role breast milk plays in establishing a newborn’s gut microbiome and how weaning to solids transfers microbes from the outside world to the child’s gut.

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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS

Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.