Babies wage biological warfare on adults.

Infants can be colonized by toxin producing strains of Clostridium difficile but rarely develop disease. Infants and children could play a source in the spread of C. difficile disease to adults. http://jcm.asm.org/content/early/2013/10/24/JCM.01701-13.abstract http://www.asm.org/images/Communications/tips/2013/1113cdifficile.pdf Toxin-producing Clostridium difficile strains as long-term gut colonizers of healthy infants Clostridium difficile is a colonizer of the human gut, and toxin-producing…

Breast Milk Also Provides Good Gut Bacteria

Mother’s milk is the source of an infant’s gut bacteria. Given the role of good bacteria in the development of immunity and digestive health, it appears that ‘breast’ really is best. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1462-2920.12238/abstract Vertical mother–neonate transfer of maternal gut bacteria via breastfeeding Babies Breast milk has recently been recognized as source of commensal and potential probiotic bacteria.…

Inconsolable Baby and Post Natal Depression

Inconsolable crying babies put mothers at risk for post-partum depression, raising the odds ratio for depression to 4.0. The inability to sooth a baby may result in helplessness, depression and reduced parental care. Inconsolable Infant Crying and Maternal Postpartum Depressive Symptoms OBJECTIVE: To quantify the extent to which maternal report of inconsolable infant crying, rather…

Human Breast Milk Contains Over 700 Types of Bacteria

Spanish led team of researchers finds more than 700 different species of bacteria in breast milk. Among the other findings: over-weight mothers and mothers who elected for caesarean births had lower bacterial diversity than mothers who had vaginal births or unplanned caesareans. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22836031 Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Sep;96(3):544-51. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.037382. Epub 2012 Jul 25.…