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Babies Born at Home Have More Diverse, Beneficial Bacteria, Study Finds

Summary by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A new study comparing the gut flora of babies born at home versus those birthed in a hospital shows that home-birthed babies have more diverse bacteria in their gut flora and feces. Researchers aren’t certain why this is, but suspect it may have something to do with interventions a newborn experiences in a hospital that don’t occur at home, such as infant bathing and antibiotic eye drops, Rutgers Today reported. The fecal samples of hospital-born infants also showed greater...

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