Toddler Temperament Could be Influenced by Different Types of Gut Bacteria
[Source: Science Daily]
Researchers from The Ohio State University studied microbes from the gastrointestinal tracts of children between the age of 18 and 27 months, and found that the abundance and diversity of certain bacterial species appear to impact behavior, particularly among boys. The correlation exists even after the scientists factored in history of breastfeeding, diet and the method of childbirth — all of which are known to influence the type of microbes that populate a child’s gut.
Study authors say they aren’t looking for a way to help parents modify the ‘terrible twos,’ but for clues about how — and where — chronic illnesses like obesity, asthma, allergies and bowel disease start.
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