As gut microbiota research continues to expand, one thing is clear: infancy and early childhood is a critical time for influencing future health. By studying the human gut microbiota, scientists are linking features of the prenatal, perinatal, and infant gut microbiota with health status later in life.

In this online & interactive document, “Paediatric Learnings from Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit“, we share the newest gut microbiota research relevant to paediatricians. This short summary includes perspectives on how gut microbiota differ by culture and geographic region, possible negative health effects of antibiotics, outcomes associated with caesarean section births, and more.

While researchers still have much to learn, their findings are opening the door to opportunities in paediatric clinical practice that will one day affect the health of children worldwide.