New parents wondering whether their infants will develop allergies within their first year of life may find the answer in their baby’s first poop, suggest new findings published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine by University of British Columbia (UBC) scientists. Meconium, a thick, dark green substance in a newborn’s poop, is typically passed within a baby’s first day of life. For the study, UBC researchers checked meconium samples from 100 newborns enrolled in the CHILD Cohort Study. Scientists evaluated a mix of meconium, microbe and clinical data with a machine-learning algorithm that yielded a highly accurate (76%) prediction showing whether an infant would develop allergies by the age of 1. Findings revealed that newborns with fewer different types of molecules in their meconium were more likely to experience allergies.
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