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"Infants Born Through Cesarean Section More Likely to be Hospitalized with Bronchiolitis" - Katherine Bortz

  • Healio: Infectious Diseases In Children
  • New York, NY
  • (April 30, 2019)

Infants born through cesarean section are more likely to require hospitalization for bronchiolitis compared with infants born through spontaneous vaginal delivery, according to researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Lindsey Douglas, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said one suggested cause of bronchiolitis in infants is impaired immunity, and birth through cesarean section can impair infant immunity by limiting exposure to the maternal vaginal microbiome. “We found that infants who are born by cesarean section have higher odds of being hospitalized for bronchiolitis in the subsequent two years compared with vaginal birth. Many of these C-sections were elective.”

— Lindsey C. Douglas, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Clerkship Director, Senior Pediatric Sub-Internship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Clinical Researcher, Pediatric Hospitalist, Medical Educator, Inpatient Medical Director, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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