In children, it depends on the age. The baby's microbiome is constantly evolving from birth to adulthood, so monitoring its trajectory and development over time is even more informative than looking at only one snapshot.
From one microbiome test, you will discover:
- Share of friendly bacteria, promoting healthy development
- Share of unfriendly bacteria, as some types of bacteria are known to be unfriendly when in large share, being able to cause infections and inhibit friendly bacteria
- Gut microbiome development, as the rate at which the microbiome matures is important for growth
- Share of bacteria protective to the immune system
- Share of bacteria producing important metabolites such as butyrate
- Ability to maintain a healthy gut barrier function
- Ability to metabolize vitamins, proteins and lipids
- Associations to crying, fussing, and BMI later in life.
Most importantly, you will receive a set of personalized recommendations covering diet, personal care products, environmental exposure and supplements (if needed) reviewed by our medical experts and discussed with you in a 1:1 consultation with a registered dietician.
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