Want to know how smart your baby can be? The key to knowing could be in your baby’s dirty nappy.
While everyone claims or assumes their baby is clever a new way has emerged that you can actually use to gauge how clever your baby is, going by the details of a research led by Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine.
Professor Knickmeyer’s pioneering study, published in Biological Psychiatry, showed an interesting link between your baby’s fecal matter and their cognitive skills.
Dedicated researchers had to sift through the stools of 89 one-year-olds, which were then separated into three different categories.
These categories were based on the bacterial composition of the sample and a year after being collected and tested, each child’s cognitive levels were also analysed.
The ‘bottom line’ of the research was that children with a higher diversity of microbiomes in their poo demonstrated lower cognitive skills.
In this instance, microbiomes are microorganisms in a particular environment – such as the gut.
“The big story here is that we’ve got one group of kids with a particular community of bacteria that’s performing better on these cognitive tests,” said Knickmeyer, in a statement. “This is the first time an association between microbial communities and cognitive development has been demonstrated in humans.”
“It’s the very first step,” said coauthor Alexander Carlson, also of North Chapel Hill. “We’re not really at the point where we can say, ‘Let’s give everyone a certain probiotic.'”
Additional source: Daily Mirror