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Michael Bailey Featured in Huffington Post Discussing Children's Diets and Gut Microbiomes

Could germs be to blame for your toddler's temper tantrums? 

The complex ecosystem of microbes living in the gastrointestinal tract is known to change considerably in the first two years of life, especially as solid foods are introduced into a child's diet. And according to a new study by FIC member Dr. Michael Bailey, this unstable "gut microbiome" and a toddler's temperament are linked.

"Although we predicted we would observe an association between temperament variables and measures of the gut microbial community, we didn’t know how strong those associations would be," Dr. Michael Bailey, associate professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University and co-author of the study, told The Huffington Post in an email. "We do not yet know if these two factors are directly linked, and if so, in which direction the link occurs (i.e., gut to brain or brain to gut). It could be either, or it could be both."