WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The U.S.’s leading group of obstetricians as well as also also gynecologists is actually warning against a fresh trend where babies born by C-section are “seeded” via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes coming from the mother.
“Vaginal seeding” is actually growing in popularity because This particular’s thought in which babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain “helpful” vaginal microbes in which might shield the infant coming from asthma, allergies as well as also also immune disorders.
“Vaginal seeding has become a rising trend for patients,” noted Dr. Jennifer Wu, an ob/gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in fresh York City. “Patients read about the benefits of a vaginal delivery as well as also also wish to replicate these benefits with vaginal seeding.”
As explained by the American College of Obstetricians as well as also also Gynecologists (ACOG), This particular’s thought in which contact with healthy vaginal bacteria helps stimulate the infant immune system, prevents the growth of dangerous bacteria as well as also also regulates the gut.
in which contact doesn’t happen for babies born via C-section, however, so in vaginal seeding, a cotton swab with vaginal fluids coming from the mother is actually used to transfer vaginal bacteria to a newborn.
nevertheless in a statement issued Oct. 24, ACOG — the nation’s largest ob/gyn organization — said the procedure is actually not recommended because the known risks outweigh any potential benefits.
“Due to the lack of sufficient data, the very real risks [of vaginal seeding] outweigh the potential benefits,” Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG’s vice president of practice activities, said in a college news Discharge.
“By swabbing an infant’s mouth, nose or skin with vaginal fluid after birth, the mother could potentially, as well as also also unknowingly, pass on disease-causing bacteria or viruses,” he explained.
Wu agreed. “There are very real risks attached to This particular practice,” she said. “Certain viruses, such as group B strep as well as also also herpes, can cause serious illnesses such as meningitis in newborns.”
as well as also also Zahn stressed in which there’s a much safer way for a fresh mom to transfer her helpful bacteria to her newborn: Breast-feeding.
“Breast-feeding for the first six months is actually the best way to overcome the lack of exposure to maternal vaginal flora at birth,” Zahn said. “The bacteria present in breast milk as well as also also on the nipple is actually sufficient for natural colonization or seeding of the gut. There may be some initial difference inside gut [microbes] of infants based on mode of delivery, nevertheless research has shown in which difference disappears after about six months,” he added.
If a woman does insist on vaginal seeding, her ob/gyn needs to make sure the patient understands the potential risks, ACOG said.
Dr. Mitchell Kramer is actually head of obstetrics as well as also also gynecology at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. He agreed in which breast-feeding is actually a not bad means of transmitting healthy microbes coming from a mom to her baby, nevertheless in which “the jury is actually still out on [vaginal seeding] as well as also also further study is actually necessary before This particular is actually recommended as a routine protocol.”
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SOURCES: Jennifer Wu, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, fresh York City; Mitchell Kramer, M.D., chairman, obstetrician/gynecologist, Huntington Hospital, Huntington, N.Y.; American College of Obstetricians as well as also also Gynecologists, news Discharge, Oct. 24, 2017
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