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Children may pay the price for C-section delivery

Posted:  Thursday, June 18, 2015

Does the ‘C’ in C-section stand for complications? The answer appears to be yes! Emerging research shows that C-section delivery ups the risk of chronic health conditions for babies in the long run.

Published in the British Medical Journal, the research analysed the results of 52 related studies only to find that C-section delivery was linked to Type 1 diabetes in 20 studies, asthma in 23 studies and obesity in the remaining studies.

Further research is ongoing to obtain concrete evidence on the mechanism by which this form of delivery contributes to higher risk of chronic diseases as well as determine other causal factors.

Although the possible consequences of normal delivery such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, and shoulder dystocia are acknowledged, healthcare providers and patients may not be aware of adverse long term health impacts of caesarean delivery.

"This research isn't widely known. It is time for that to change, so that doctors, midwives and patients can weigh the risks and benefits of elective caesarean, and decide accordingly,” said Dr. Jan Blustein of New York University's School of Medicine, expressing concern over the implications of having a C-section.

The researchers hope that the clinical guidelines for doctors and midwives will be updated in this regard and that doctors, midwives and patients will be made aware of the long-term consequences of C-section to accord them the privilege of making an informed choice at the time of delivery.

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