Babies' poop shows how intelligent they are

When you change your baby's diaper, you only have one thing in mind: get it over with and throw everything in the trash as quickly as possible! But scientists have come up with a good reason not to be so hasty — they've now discovered that it's possible to assess your child's intelligence through its poop.

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Researchers at the University of Carolina carried out an unusual study which proves that a child's cognitive skills are related to the bacteria inside its poop.

 

For this, they collected the poop from 89 one-year-old babies and classified it according to the type of bacteria it contained. One year later, they tested the babies cognitive skills to assess their intelligence. Their motor skills were tested, as well as their perception and language development.

 

The results varied according to the category of the poop. Poop classified as "bacteroides" belonged to the cleverest children. At the bottom of the class — children with poop classified as "faecalibacterium." The bacteria combinations in the different sets of poop related directly to their intelligence!

In addition, children with fewer types of bacteria in their poop did better than those with a wide variety. This really surprised the scientists as they had been expecting the opposite result.

The team of scientists also discovered that the bacteria type was linked to a child's ethnic background, how long they were breastfed for and the circumstances of their birth.

 

But this study doesn't explain in what way the poop in our bacteria can influence our intelligence, or how the two are related.

Furthermore, the study was done with 89 babies, which is not really representative. So, more studies are clearly needed to explore this subject further. Our children's poop can certainly tell us a lot about them, even if we don't yet know enough to fully understand it!

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