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Breastfeeding & The Infant Microbiome
Friday, 12 May 2017

 Breastfeeding has a positive effect on an infant's microbiome and is another reason to encourage women to consider breastfeeding their babies.  Although the nutritional content of breastmilk can be matched by infant formula, the non-nutritional components, such as immunological factors, are only found in breastmilk. Now it seems that the bacteria found on the skin around the nipple gets transferred into the baby when feeding and this has huge benefits too.

Unfortunately, breastfeeding in public can be 'problematic' and many women dislike doing it.  Although infant formula or expressed breastmilk can be given from a bottle in these situations, women should be encouraged to breastfeed at a time that suits them ( early morning or night time feed) to help promote a healthy microbiome in their baby.

Source: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49400/title/Breast-Milk-Contributes-Significantly-to-Babies--Bacteria/

Posted: May 2017

 
Altered Gut Microbiota & Mycobiota in Autism
Friday, 10 March 2017

Further evidence of an altered gut microbiota (bacteria) and mycobiota (fungi) associated with ASD has been revealed in this latest study (Strati et al, 2017).

Key species were significantly reduced whilst others were elevated with constipated autistic individuals having high levels of Escherichia/Shigella and Clostridium species. The yeast Candida  was also elevated in ASD compared to neurotypical subjects.

Posted: March 2017

Source: 'New evidences on the altered gut microbiota in autism spectrum disorders' Strati et al, 2017 Microbiome 5:24 DOI 10.1186/s40168-017-0242-1

 
Prebiotics Help Dysbiosis
Monday, 16 January 2017

Another research study using a gut model system ( in the lab, rather than in people or animals) has shown that administering prebiotic fibre can alter the microbiome, boosting levels of beneficial Bifidobacteria species in autistic and non-autistic samples.

The prebiotic used was galacto-oligosaccharides and there are many foods that naturally contain this particular fibre.  For more advice on which foods help feed your gut microflora, contact The Autism Dietitian at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

Posted: January 2017

Source: 'In vitro fermentation of B-GOS:Impact on faecal bacterial populations and metabolic activity in autistic and non-autistic children'  http://femsec.oxfordjournals.org

 
CleverstiX - helpful cutlery
Monday, 25 January 2016

I have just discovered a new product called CleverstiX that bridges the gap between finger eating and using regular cutlery.  It is highly recommended by OTs and lots of parents have found them really useful.

 

Go to www.cleverstix.com or search for them on Facebook

 
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