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Children whose mothers were prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy face up to a 20 per cent higher risk of being hospitalised for infections, a new study shows.


According to the Australian and Danish researchers who carried out this study, its findings suggest antibiotics may alter the “good” gut bacteria that babies acquire from their mothers, thus affecting their immune development and leaving them more susceptible to infection. With scientific studies increasingly demonstrating that “good” gut bacteria play important roles in preventing and controlling not only infections but also cancer, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and others, the need to consider safe alternatives to antibiotic treatments during pregnancy is clear.

To learn about the important roles played by essential micronutrients in protecting the mother and baby during pregnancy, read parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Read article on the Brisbane Times website (Australia)