Children’s Health in the Womb

New research suggests that a children’s immune system may be influenced in the womb. (And just what controls that child’s immune system?)

According to new research, a child’s immune system may already be developing before the child is even born. Researchers are saying that the prenatal environment may play a greater role as to whether or not an infant is more or less susceptible to health conditions later in childhood.

According to a Yahoo News article on the topic, previous research has shown that first born children or children with few siblings are more likely to have health conditions than those with many siblings. Many researchers have suggested that this may be due to something called the “hygiene hypothesis” suggesting that children with many siblings are exposed to more germs at an earlier age thus developing a stronger and more capable immune system. It is assumed that a first born or only children does not receive this benefit.

Let’s stop just for a moment here. The theory of germs tells us that germs cause disease correct? Yet if germs cause disease wouldn’t all of the kids in a family be sick? Why is it that the kids exposed to the most germs are assumed to have the most healthy immune system’s?

Now researchers are suggesting that the prenatal environment may also play a role in an infants developing immune system. Would it make sense to you that a mothers immune system will play a role in the effectiveness of an infants immune system as well?

More research is needed but if an unborn child’s immune system is controlled and coordinated by its nervous system, and that nervous system (and immune system) is controlled and coordinated by its mothers nervous system, wouldn’t it make sense for that mothers nervous system (and therefore immune system) to be in an optimal functioning state?

Yahoo News: Children’s Immune System May Be Influenced in Womb @ 2:48 pm | Article ID: 1006382905