A baby’s first poo reveals if they are at risk of allergies and asthma

A baby’s first poo can reveal a lot about future health

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Children could be set on a path to developing allergies, asthma and eczema before they are born.

Analysis of a baby’s first stool, known as meconium, shows that a lack of certain biochemicals and gut bacteria normally seen in the faeces is linked with a higher risk of allergies and other conditions.


Allergic conditions such as food allergies, hay fever, asthma and eczema are caused by the immune system overreacting to…

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