Researchers from Perth said that babies born by elective caesareans are more likely to become victims of chronic respiratory infections during the first year of life.
The 10-year study found that babies born by elective caesarean carried a11 per cent elevated risk of being hospitalized with the infection as compared to babies delivered by other methods.
Advertisement"It is increasingly plausible that delivery without labour could impair a newborn's immune system and may also explain the known link between c-sections and an increased risk of asthma," researchers said.
"As it's the first time we have reported such an association, it's really important that the message get out there that women and their clinicians need to consider this when opting for a caesarean," they cautioned.
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