SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!
Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
ENGLEMED
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BOOKS AND GIFTS THIS WAY!
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
SEARCH THIS SITE
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
FreeDigitalPhotos
www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreeWebPhotos
www.freewebphoto.com
FROM OUR NEWS FEEDS
India trial finds limited effectiveness from convalescent plasma
Fri October 23rd - Using convalescent plasma to treat moderately ill COVID-19 patients did not reduce severity of the illness or risk of death, according to the findings of a small clinical trial published today. More
RECENT COMMENTS
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote:
https://epidemicj17.imascientist.org.uk/2017/06/21... on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...
BOOKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH
guide to breast disorders guide to womb disorders guide to menopause Complete Women's Health: from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists For books and family gift ideas click here
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
WOMEN'S HEALTH NEWS FEED
RSS graphic XML Graphic
ENGLEMED HEALTH NEWS

Doubts over 'vaginal seeding'

Wednesday February 24th, 2016

Doctors today question the growing fashion of using "vaginal seeding" after a Caesarean birth.

The idea of "seeding" is to expose the new-born baby to the beneficial bacteria that it would have had contact with during a vaginal birth.

Exponents say it could reduce the baby's risk of future allergies, obesity, or autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease. But experts are warning that the safety of this procedure has not yet been confirmed.

Dr Aubrey Cunnington of Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues write in today's (24 February) British Medical Journal that: "Demand for this process has increased among women attending hospitals in the UK - but this has outstripped professional awareness and guidance.

"At the moment we're a long way from having the evidence base to recommend this practice. There is simply no evidence to suggest it has benefits - and it may carry potential risks."

The authors warn there is a risk of bacterial infections, including group B streptococcus.

They state: "Its important parents tell staff they have performed the procedure, so the healthcare team are aware the baby is at risk of the same infections as a baby born by vaginal delivery.

"Doctors, nurses, midwives and parents need to be aware they are doing something with a potential risk that currently doesn't have any evidence of benefit," they add.

The authors write that breast feeding and avoiding unnecessary antibiotics are also very more important to the development of a baby's gut bacteria.

They conclude: "We believe the small risk of harm cannot be justified without evidence of benefit."

Cunnington, A. J. et al. "Vaginal seeding" of infants born by caesarean section. British Medical Journal 24 February 2016 doi: 10.1136/bmj.i227 [Abstract]

Tags: Child Health | Childbirth and Pregnancy | Nursing & Midwifery | UK News | Women's Health & Gynaecology

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

Name:
Email:
Comment:
<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)
CATEGORIES